Hospital liaison nurse Roselyne Schneider receives a burger from Cowichan Valley Shrine Club member Harold Wallace on Friday, June 5. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

Shriners host on-site cookout for Cowichan District Hospital staff

“We just want to give back to them and to give back to the community that supports us so well”

Members of the Cowichan Valley Shrine Club manned their mobile cookwagon Friday afternoon in a location not often seen by the public, but one where they could reach out and do some good nevertheless.

Between 3 and 7:30 p.m., the Shriners were in the employee parking lot cooking up some hotdogs and hamburgers for staff and front-line workers at Cowichan District Hospital.

“All of us thought it’s something that we felt we should do for the staff,” said Shriner Harold Wallace. “We are a community organization and we want to be able to give something back to the staff who are working their tails off for us.”

Shrine Club cookwagon organizer Rick Mellson agreed.

“We just want to give back to them and to give back to the community that supports us so well,” Mellson said.

Timed to coincide with the various shift changes, the group fed approximately 350 people.

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