AUXILIARY NOTES: Making a difference in our hospital

$350,070 donated for equipment and residential-care music program

This past week, the auxiliary celebrated a very successful year of fundraising.

At our annual meeting on June 3, president Lynne Quigley presented a cheque of $1.5 million to Stephanie Beck, the executive director of the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation. This donation will be paid over five years, with $1 million committed to five new surgical suites. Five hundred thousand dollars will go towards the fourth floor of the new hospice residential-care building, the Peace Arch Hospital Foundation Lodge.

The president also presented a cheque for the 2019-20 purchase of equipment for the hospital and the music program for residential care in the amount of $350,070 to Teresa O’Callaghan, the executive director of Peace Arch and Delta hospitals. The equipment will be purchased over the next fiscal year and be used in many departments throughout the hospital.

The auxiliary has funded the music program in residential care for many years. Professional musicians provide a wide range of musical offerings, from classical to popular music.

The Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society has contributed $15 million over 71 years by purchasing equipment, supporting programs and providing patient comforts for Peace Arch Hospital.

On June 22, our Les Papillions group is having a garage sale. It will be held at 877 Maple St. from 8:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. They will have lots of unique items to sell. Please support this event.

Our gift shop in the lobby of the hospital receives new stock weekly. We have a great selection of clothing, handbags, sun hats and jewelry. We also carry fresh floral arrangements, greeting cards, small gift items and magazines. The gift shop is always looking for new volunteers with retail/cashier experience that can commit to a four-hour shift each week. Please see details at the end of this article.

The flower cooler in the gift shop is a great place to pick up an arrangement for a patient, a special occasion or a hostess gift. Fresh flower arrangements are created weekly by our dedicated Flower Power group.

The Superfluity Shop is receiving clothing donations daily as well as household items.

In May, our manager created a $1.49 day which will be held on the first Tuesday of the month. Selected treasures will be featured each month.

On June 28 and 29 our thrift shop is hosting customer appreciation days. There will be 20 per cent off the price of selected items that will be listed on the website and in the store. Popcorn and beverages will be served. Please come and enjoy this fun event. We are grateful for our customers and donors.

The auxiliary is always looking for new members. We need more volunteers with cashier experience. The shifts are flexible with a minimum commitment of a four-hour shift once a week. Men are also needed to help at the Superfluity Shop. If you would like to join, please pick up a membership package at the information desk at the hospital or at the Superfluity Shop, located at 15163 Prospect Ave., or at www.pahas.ca

Felicity Matthews writes monthly on behalf of the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary.

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