Letter to the Editor

The necessity of supporting auxiliaries

The necessity of supporting auxiliaries

Many thanks to those in the venues in Valemount such as the Gathering Tree, Abernathy Restaurant, and the Best Western Inn for offering to sell raffle tickets for the McBride Hospital and District Auxiliary.

Many thanks to my fellow Royal Canadian Legion members in Valemount and the Valemount Anglican United Church for allowing me to sell the tickets on their premises, and to the people purchasing them. Out of 240 tickets, 71.25% were sold in Valemount, which should say plenty. The proceeds go towards patient’s needs.

There appears to my perspective opinion that there are those in this rural wilderness who misunderstood about the hospital and nursing home auxiliaries. This is about an auxiliary purpose.

Since my retirement, I have been an auxilian in three different auxiliaries, where one pays his/her annual membership dues. Also, I had been to several interesting Canadian Association Healthcare Auxiliaries conventions from Newfoundland to Alberta on my own accord, as being an alumnus member at a nursing home auxiliary in Edmonton, ever since I lived in Valemount.

In B.C., I also had been to their provincial auxiliaries conventions. On those vacations, I paid for my own accommodation, transportation, and meals. There, I heard many interesting guest speakers and learned about various ways to raise funds for healthcare requests, which provided many patients’ needs of daily living.

For example, in a nursing home in Edmonton, the auxiliary donated a fish tank for the residents and a towel warmer, and helped to fund a building extension, a new solarium with an electric fireplace including wall-to-wall carpet, new tables and chairs, cupboards for cups and saucers, and a kitchen sink.

We also raised funds by putting on BBQs for anyone, and everyone would enjoy themselves. Also, we hired entertainers doing tap dancing, square dancing, and playing bagpipes for the residents and the long-term elderly residents always enjoyed themselves.

Those entertainments are good for the residents being confined to their beds, and they do not have to leave their nursing homes, as it is impossible for them to go out on any trips into the communities.

Just imagine yourself being confined to a wheelchair, and never go anywhere outside of a nursing home? Being in their shoes, wouldn’t anyone love to have social entertainment, or a volunteer visit?

However, in smaller populated places, the situation is run differently, which is reasonably common sense, but small town auxiliaries still function as well.

Lastly, in regards to raising funds for the unfortunates in other countries, how can we help them if we do not help the needy at home such as hospitals and our own impoverished third-world condition communities in the far north?

Does charity begin at home? Something to consider!


Robert Bell, Valemount