Auxiliary volunteers give approximately 18,000 hours of service to our hospital every year!
Kootenay Lake Healthcare Auxiliary – Nelson
The Kootenay Lake Hospital Auxiliary of Nelson was formed in 1931 from the Ladies Aid Society, which had been active since 1898. The group, which currently has over 78 volunteers, has been operating the Gift Shop since 1981. They also provide TV rentals for patients and raise funds for the purchase of equipment for the hospital by holding raffles, bake sales, and yarn and used book sales. Over the years, they have raised over $433,407 for much needed equipment for the hospital.
For those interested in joining the Auxiliary, the group is always looking for new members. There are a number of ways to participate…Gardeners are needed to help tend the flowers and groundcover at the hospital over the summer. They also need volunteers to help staff the Gift Shop, help with the TV rentals, bake for the bake sales, sell raffle tickets, and decorate the hospital for Christmas. Auxiliary members also take a Gift Shop cart around to the wards, and hospitality volunteers are available to chat with patients. The Auxiliary makes sure that all hospitalized people receive a gift at Christmas and Easter. For those who wish to help out without becoming a member, the Auxiliary is delighted to receive items to sell in the Gift Shop such as knitted booties, afghans, and clothing for babies, knitted caps for people undergoing chemotherapy, quilts, or baking for our bake sales (see link below for the announcement of upcoming bake sales). Knitters make little hats, which are given to all the hospital’s newborns. The Auxiliary is also grateful for donations of paperback books, magazines less than a year old, and used greeting cards, which are refashioned into new cards to be sold in the gift shop. Please call Mary at 250-825-0170 or Marla at 250-352-6073 for more membership information. For more information and photos, please visit the website.
Salmo & District Health Auxiliary
Since its inception in 1973, this dedicated group of volunteers has raised $223,962 for much needed equipment by running a thrift shop, holding a Christmas Bazaar and Tea, as well as a Spring Plant and Bake Sale. The Auxiliary is always looking for new members, so please call Loree at 357-9401 to join.
South Slocan Hospital Auxiliary
Since their inception in 1974, this dedicated group of volunteers has raised $161,135 for much needed equipment through garage sales, bake sales and a quilt raffle every December. They also sell knitted items through the hospital gift shop. The Auxiliary is a very informal group of volunteers who are very concerned about the future of our hospital. They are always looking for new members, so please call Elaine at 359-5911 to join.