MHC Auxiliary News

The highlight of the June teleconference was the presentation of the president’s report delivered by President Dawn Orr. The report covers the time period affected by governmental regulations in place during the COVID pandemic. The report is very informative and gives insight into auxiliary activities to continue to enhance patient services even in stressful times. As Dawn stated, “Even if we couldn’t meet in person, it was so good to talk to everyone. We had a successful year despite the pandemic.”

The president’s report follows below:

“For the past two years, the COVID-19 pandemic has forced organizations of all levels to radically change the way they function. The Manitoulin Health Centre Little Current Auxiliary has risen to this challenge and continues to ensure that our hospital patient services remain in place. We would like to thank all those at the hospital who help ensure that these services continue to be provided on-site. 

One of our members summed up the role of the auxiliary: “To make a difficult situation in one’s life (a hospital stay) as comfortable as possible.” This year, we have continued to offer: Care bags of essential items such as toothbrush and toothpaste, as people cannot often get home; free TVs, programming and headsets to entertain and help pass the time; water in the cafeteria and on the patient floor; newborn babies are given a bonnet, and the New Year’s baby also receives a special gift; patients staying over Christmas are given a present; snacks such as chips, gum, and other goodies that used to be available via the snack cart are still available in the showcase, along with additional items; and books are also available either free of charge or at a small cost.

All of our funds are brought in through fundraising and donations, and the pandemic has certainly made fundraising a challenge. However, we were able to adapt and put together three major fundraising events this past year: book sales at the Little Current Farmers’ Market, which raised $1,600; the Bakeless Bake Sale, which raised $2,750; and the telethon with Robbie and Denise Shawana and Maurice and Carole Labelle, which raised $940.

Our main donation drives were also quite successful.

In Memorium: Though donations for this were down this year due to the changes to funerals because of the pandemic, it remains one of our top donation sources.

Coin boxes: These boxes around Little Current brought in $1,161 this past year

Regrettably, due to our fundraising opportunities being so limited during the pandemic, we were not able to continue our practice this year of helping to purchase equipment and items for the hospital that would benefit both staff and patients. However, with the help of both auxiliary and community members, we were able to provide homemade masks for the Manitoulin Health Centre in Little Current.

I am also pleased to say that we were able to provide our two annual $500 scholarships to high school graduates pursuing an education in a health-related field. 

Once again, we have had to put our celebration of our 75th anniversary on hold until such as time as it is safe to conduct it. However, we have decided on a new logo for the auxiliary in light of this milestone. Please look forward to seeing it in upcoming announcements and letters. 

The past two years have been unprecedented and brought with them many unforeseen challenges, but our auxiliary members have risen above them and through perseverance and dedication, ensured that our patient services have continued unabated. I would like to thank each of you for making this possible.

The auxiliary would like to thank the hospital staff who have committed so much and made sure all are safe and well cared for. Thank you!

We would also like to thank those who have supported us in so many ways. We could not do this without them. 

Finally, thank you again to all the Little Current Auxiliary members, it is a pleasure to work with you. Thank you.”

Otherwise, discussion was concentrated on future events. Some of these will be covered by The Manitoulin Expositor. The next meeting is in September.

The book sales at the farmers’ market continue. People are generous and sales are very good. Many books have been donated but please call Laila (368-2580) before dropping them off.

On behalf of the MHC Auxiliary have an enjoyable summer; stay safe and look out for one another.