MHC Auxiliary News

Motions, masks and a fundraiser! Although regular activities are suspended, the Auxiliary continues to work to enhance patient services. Headsets and care bags are being distributed and chips and other snacks are being sold from the Showcase. 

The annual meeting scheduled for April 10 has been cancelled. Since elections are held at that time two motions were duly voted on by email and telephone. Firstly, the current executive continues as is until regular activities resume. Secondly, the annual meeting will be held one month after the resumption. This enables the executive to carry on business and fundraise. 

The COVID-19 pandemic has necessitated an increase in needs in many areas of the health care system. The mandate of the auxiliary is to assist the Manitoulin Health Centre is every way possible in the interests of the best patient care. You can participate and make a difference—you can sew masks and donate money.

Masks are important for patients. They take about 10 minutes to make and many patterns are available on the internet. All you need is cotton and elastic. If you’re stuck, call Laila (705-368-2580) and leave your email address or a copy can be mailed to you. They can be dropped off at admitting or Dawn Orr (705-368-2608) will pick up. The Quilters Guild, Mennonite Ladies group from Tehkummah and some Auxiliary members and friends are busy sewing. Thank you! Every mask is important.

Personal protective equipment (PPE) is needed and required by health care workers for their own and patient safety. A high quantity of gowns, gloves, masks, and eye protection are needed to care for patients. A fundraiser is now underway to raise money that will be used for protective equipment or other immediate needs at the Manitoulin Health Centre. To donate, send a cheque (made out to MHC Auxiliary) to Marilee Hore at RR #1 Little Current or Sue Lafreniere at Box 256, Little Current. An income tax receipt will be issued for donations of $20 or more. Be generous as we want our health care workers and patients to be as well-protected as possible.

You have heard all the precautions necessary to keep yourself, family and friends protected in this once in a lifetime pandemic experience. Protect others by following all the guidelines! Please take care, keep safe and help others as best you can.