Caitlin McDonald, centre, was the recipient of the auxiliary’s annual $500 bursary. McDonald is pursuing a career in the medical field with a goal of becoming a pathologist. Contributed photo

Hospital Auxiliary group ramping up fall activities

Auxiliary president offers an update on upcoming work

Marlene Connell

Observer Contributor

To me, September always seems like the beginning of a new year. Summer is drawing to an end, and fall is the start of a new season. Meanwhile, the auxiliary has been quietly carrying on with our programs within our hospital.

Our scheduling is flexible to permit members to take holidays or spend time with families. This is something we always stress to any new members who join our organization. At this time I would like anyone with a few hours to spare to considering joining the auxiliary. It is a very rewarding endeavour to take on.

In September, we start to launch our fall activities. Our buyer will be heading to the gift show to select new stock for our shop at G.R. Baker Hospital. It is with anticipation that we await to see Barb’s newest buys. Four of us will be attending the North East Area Conference of Hospital Auxiliaries. It is a great time to network, gather new ideas, touch base with old friends and meet new ones. This is the time of year we start to look at what hospital equipment is needed. To this end, we will be considering new and old ways to fundraise. I would like to ask at this time that you consider us when making memorial donations, as this helps us achieve our goals.

Two of our recent purchases, the incubator for the lab and the rapid infuser for the emergency room, are up and running. These are the times we feel very proud, as we see the various hospital departments benefit from our hours of volunteering. At this time I would be remiss if I did not acknowledge and thank our many community supporters who also help us to achieve our goals.

We were pleased to present Caitlin McDonald with our annual bursary of $500. This hardworking young woman is pursuing a career in the medical field with a goal of becoming a pathologist. We wish you success in your studies, Caitlin.

Look for future updates as to what your local auxiliary to the G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital is doing.

Please feel free to contact me for information on what we do.

Marlene Connell is president of the Auxiliary to G.R. Baker Memorial Hospital.

 

Auxiliary members, right, with G.R. Baker Hospital lab employees, left, and the lab’s new incubator, which the auxiliary raised funds to acquire. Contributed photo

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