The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary has completed its five-year pledge to the B.C. Children’s Hospital Foundation and done it two years early.
They gathered for a celebration Tuesday, Dec. 6 with a big cheque signifying that with this last donation of $115,000 they have now donated a total of $500,000 to the foundation.
In addition, the remarkable group honoured some of its long-time volunteers.
These included Sandy Heydon, who received her 60-year pin. She joined the auxiliary in 1956 and served as vice-president, president and public relations officer. She has chaired and produced many Hospital Day and musical fundraising shows and served on many other committees.
A 58-year pin went to Anne Philippson, who joined in 1958, and has held the positions of social convener, recording secretary and corresponding secretary. She also helped with many Hospital Day shows, stood on other committees and worked in the retail part of the thrift shop.
Curl Twentyman, who joined the Auxiliary in 1966 received her 50-year pin.
She has been on the executive as treasurer, recording secretary, public relations and historian.
Together with her husband and many others, she created an intricate doll display, which is currently on show in the Chemainus Museum, depicting the fundraising efforts of the auxiliary over the years.
The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary raises most of its funds through the operations of the Thrift Shop, and in 2016, has donated $225,574.00 to enhance patient care in various health care facilities throughout B.C.