PRHCA executive (left to right): Ian Burke, Willie Perry, Joyce Genttner, Phyllis Jacobson, Gerry Wray, Betty Degroot, Lorraine Stokes, Liz Craven (missing: Rhondda Schreurs, Gaye Culos)
For nearly 75 years, the Powell River Health-Care Auxiliary has been dedicated to bringing comfort to patients and raising funds for new equipment at Powell River General Hospital, Evergreen Extended Care Unit and Willingdon Creek Village.
Formed in November 1945, the auxiliary’s volunteers have a long tradition of giving their time and talents to benefit patients and the community in Powell River.
More than $550,000 was raised last year through the auxiliary’s Economy Shop, the gift shop at Powell River General Hospital and through the generosity of community members.
“We are so grateful for all the auxiliary’s volunteers do for our facilities and most importantly, for our patients, says Mélie De Champlain, Director – Coastal Community of Care for VCH Powell River. “From equipment purchases to patient comfort kits to providing television for all patients to making and giving finger puppets to our younger patients, they truly go above and beyond in providing compassionate, caring support and comfort to people in our care.”
In addition to running the Economy Shop and hospital gift shop, the auxiliary volunteers escort patients to appointments within the hospital, deliver mail and water, provide free television and new earbuds to all patients, and make and distribute emergency toiletry packs and oncology bags with comfort supplies. On Easter and Christmas they decorate and deliver treats to patients. They also administer a youth “candy striper” volunteer program and the Red Cross Hospital Equipment Loan Program (HELP).