Hospital auxiliary commits $150,000 to new equipment

Since 1974, the Auxiliary to Saanich Peninsula Hospital has been actively serving the facility, and this year will be no exception.

Since 1974, the Auxiliary to Saanich Peninsula Hospital has been actively serving the facility, and this year will be no exception.

At their Annual General Meeting in February, the Auxiliary voted to commit another $150,000 to the hospital this year, bringing the total the organization has donated to $1.65 million since their inception.

“We really had a banner year for fundraising in 2012,” said Auxiliary member Enid Burns.

“This outstanding achievement represents a great deal of hard work, enthusiasm and dedication on the part of our members.”

The Auxiliary is made up of 115 volunteers who serve in different aspects of the fundraising efforts put on by the group like the hospital gift shop and the annual Christmas Bazaar.

In addition to fundraising, the Auxiliary also provides services within the hospital designed to aid patient care and comfort, like special birthday parties for extended care residents, support for the Volunteen Group and the provision of public relations and receptionist services to the Mobile Screening Mammography Clinic.

The Auxiliary also awarded three $2,000 bursaries this year to post-secondary students entering medically related fields.

Plans for 2013 include an Easter bake sale on March 28 in the hospital, a penny drive and a facelift for the gift shop.

New 2013 Auxiliary executive:

President — Janie Scott

First Vice-President — Anne Taylor

Second Vice-President — Susan McLoughlin

Secretary — Loretta Fraser

Treasurer — Anni Jakubowski

Past President — Linda Snelling

The Auxiliary holds monthly meetings on the second Tuesday from September until June in the Peninsula Health Unit. New members are always welcome and can contact the hospital gift shop for more information.