2017: In Review

2017 Executive Appointed

The Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to announce the 2017 Executive.
(Front row, L to R): Jean Estabrooks, Recording Secretary; Linda Trenholm, Gift Shop Treasurer; Shirley Smith, Corresponding Secretary; Audrey Hicks, Past-President and Joan Richardson, Gift Shop Manager.
(Back row, L to R) Linda Tingley, President; Linda Estabrooks, Memorial Fund Treasurer, and Jane Jones, Treasurer.
Missing from photo: Ann Geddes, Vice President.

"Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Continues to Purchase Needed Equipment"  

 

The Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary recently purchased a Bladder Scanner in the amount of $17, 940.00 with intention to be shared between the Operating Room and Emergency Department. 

Pictured (L to R) are SMH Auxiliary Corresponding Secretary, Shirley Smith, OR nurse, Wendy Jenkins, and administrative assistant, Jessica Novak. 

Purchases such as these are common place for the auxiliary as its members recognizes that current equipment equates to accuracy, and with necessary equipment, the hospital will not fall short in its care of people of the Tantramar region. Although the auxiliary regularly gives to a number of health care projects, donations of new equipment for the hospital amounted to over $72,500.00 in 2016 alone and new purchases are already underway for 2017. 

"Monthly Auxiliary Meetings Host Varied Guest Speakers"

"Fundraiser Features Donated Quilt"

"Year End Tea at St. Ann's Church Hall"

SACKVILLE MEMORIAL HOSPITAL AUXILIARY 

CONTINUES TO WORK FOR THE GOOD OF ALL: A YEAR IN REVIEW

January, 2017

written by Maxine Roness; PR Committee Member

 

Members of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary (SMHA) are proud to have accomplished another year of being able to work for the good of the Tantramar area. A successful 2016 marked  the seventy-first year since its inception, and 2017 is sizing up to be another banner year. 

 

New members were welcomed in 2016. The fresh perspective that each brings forth to this important organization is valued. As is always the case, the wisdom of long-standing membership coupled with the ideas of new members allows for the makings of the perfect recipe for the continued growth of an important organization. Prospective new members are always welcome to attend a meeting to see if it is the right fit for them. Monthly meetings are held at the hospital on the second Thursday of every month, with the exception of July and August. A traditional meeting is held each month, along with guest speakers who enhance the auxiliary's knowledge of the health care system. Afterward, members enjoy coffee and conversation.

 

Guest speakers of 2016 were both varied and interesting. Mark Casey, financial advisor for CIBC Wood Gundy, provided an update on the organization's financial status. Jessica Coleman of Coleman’s Therapeutic Foot Care, reported on services available in Sackville and Moncton. Linda Shannon, Executive Director of the Drew Nursing Home, gave an informative presentation, describing various programs and updates at the home. Jennifer Young, Manager of Volunteer Resources, Auxiliary, and Alumnae Relations for the Moncton and surrounding area provided an interesting talk on volunteerism. Marking SMHA's closure for the summer months, the volunteers of St. Ann's Church prepared a beautiful luncheon for members to enjoy. When the SMHA membership reconvened in the fall, Ann Geddes was our guest speaker; she shared a touching story of her family's fight against cancer. The following month, Judy White, Executive Director of Westford Nursing Home delivered an update in addition to highlighting future plans for the Home. Steve Herc, Media Production Coordinator for the Moncton City Hospital, who installed the auxiliary's new PA system, demonstrated its operation. Lastly, in celebration of year-end, members enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner and music hosted by the hospital staff. All-in-all, 2016's speakers offered the members an engaging array of presentations. 

 

During monthly meetings and through the work accomplished in individual committees, the tradition continues of working toward enhancing health care offered in the Tantramar region. Donations to the SMHA Memorial Fund, fundraising events, and the gift shop assist the auxiliary in realizing their goals. 

 

With its intriguing gifts, lovely apparel, and many miscellaneous items, the SMHA Gift Shop  continued to run smoothly through committee work and the generosity of volunteers without whom the hours of its operation could not have been accommodated. Through the summer months, a student was employed through a SEED Grant. The gift shop's wide variety of choices is the result of its committee attending annual gift shows, making it all the more appealing for its shoppers. The auxiliary appreciates the public's continued support of the gift shop where shopping is only minutes away for a lovely, unique gift. The gift shop committee presented the auxiliary with a cheque for $10,000 for the year of 2016. 

 

Two fundraisers were held in 2016. Our famous Mad Hatter's Tea Party was loads of fun and proved itself a booming success, with just part of the enjoyment emanating from the fabulous hats worn by those in attendance, the auction, door prizes, and scrumptious food. The Fundraising Committee undertook a second fundraiser, a Big Band Era Dance held in September during Sackville’s Fall Fair. Like the Mad Hatter's Tea party, it was deemed a fun-filled event by all in attendance. 

 

Giving is a key facet of the auxiliary's commitment. Using its various forms of revenue, the SMH Auxiliary achieved a great deal in 2016. Financial aid in the amount of $66,101.54 allowed for the Sackville Memorial Hospital to receive needed medical equipment for different areas of the hospital such as the diabetic clinic, the physiotherapy department, the emergency department, radiology, and Brunswick West. The auxiliary gifted the SMH Foundation's annual campaign with $7200 so their goal for 2016 could be realized. A donation of $6000 was given to each of the two nursing homes in the Tantramar area, the Drew in Sackville and the Westford in Port Elgin. As part of our on-going commitment to encouraging post-secondary education in the field of health care, in June of 2016, the auxiliary awarded six TRHS students with bursaries of $1500 each. The auxiliary's funds are always spent with great care and consideration to need. 

 

Recognition of tradition is also important to SMHA. A plaque celebrating the Charter Members of SMHA was created and is on display in the cabinet just inside the doors of the hospital. The last living Charter Member, Mrs. Fran Smith, passed in 2014, and as is the case with all Charter Members dating back to 1945, noteworthy perseverance in realizing the goals of the auxiliary will always be admired.  

 

In keeping with history, a plaque was prepared to honour those SMHA members who also hold the honour of being awarded Voluntary Auxiliary Service within the Canadian Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. It can be seen in the auxiliary display case.   

 

The auxiliary was fortunate to receive a piece of history, a photograph of Rick Ayer as a newborn, the first baby ever to be born at the SMH. The Archives Committee has had it restored and placed on a plaque, and it can be seen in the auxiliary display cabinet as well. Members dedicated to the work of archives also document some of the accomplishments of the Public Relations Committee, such as articles appearing in newspapers and photographs taken on a regular basis.

 

Collaboration is also vital to SMHA. The auxiliary sent representatives to various meetings throughout the year. Two members attended the New Brunswick Association of Hospital Auxiliaries AGM in Fredericton. Two members attended The Friends of the Moncton Hospital Donor Dinner. President, Linda Tingley, was present at the Volunteer Dinner in Moncton and keeps abreast of other organizations by attending meetings. 

 

As always, the SMH Auxiliary appreciates the community's continued support, which in turn enables the membership to continue contributing to the health care of others in 2017 and beyond. As Margaret Mead wrote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”

"Lifetime Membership"

As a mark of commitment, Lifetime Membership pins are presented and worn with pride by those who have earned this prestigious award for their dedicated service.  

Hats Off to the SMHA Madhatter Tea Party!

 

Another successful spring was celebrated by the Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary, this time with a comeback of the ever-popular Madhatter Tea Party! A wonderful turnout of ladies and gents - as well as a handful of very special "little" guests - donned their favourite hats and gathered for coffee, tea, sandwiches, sweets, and more. A silent auction and prizes enriched the fundraising tea further, and all in attendance enjoyed a delightfully whimsical twist to their day. 

 

As always, the SMHA appreciates the ever-present support of the community and beyond. By attending events such as these, you help the auxiliary to fulfill the mandate of aiding an array of healthcare made available to the Tantramar Region.

~Sackville Memorial Hospital Continues to Support Local Nursing Homes~

 

Each year, the Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary gladly supports both the Westford Health Care Inc., located in Port Elgin, NB, as well as United Church Home for Senior Citizens Inc., commonly known as the Drew Nursing Home of Sackville, NB. Once again this year, Linda Tingley, President of Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary presented a financial gift of $6,000 to each of the Executive Directors, Linda Shannon and Judy White during meetings held in April and October of 2016. 

The auxiliary is fortunate that each executive director takes time to discuss recent news from each of the respective nursing homes. Often is the case that the auxiliary learns that equipment purchases will be made by these institutions using the monetary gift; always is the case that the auxiliary is reminded of the on-going commitment to improving comfort, care, and lifestyle of its residents and staff. The SMHA shares the belief that expert nursing home care is paramount in importance and proudly supports professionals who endeavour daily to meet the needs of our valued citizens who require that  form of health care. 

Pictured left to right:  President, Linda Tingley presenting a cheque in the amount of $6,000 to Executive Director of the Drew Nursing Home, Linda Shannon (photo by V. Hicks, PR/SMHA).

Pictured left to right:  SMH Auxiliary President, Linda Tingley presenting a cheque in the amount of $6,000 to Executive Director of the Westford Nursing Home, Judy White (press release and photo by L. Smith McCormack PR/SMHA)

Following is a glimpse of activities of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary over the last twelve months.  Join us to be a part of these great events that do so much for the hospital and Greater Tantramar Community

A Year in Review

~ The Steadfast Endeavours of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary Continue ~

 

Written by,

Linda Smith McCormack (SMHA Public Relations)

 

Members of the Sackville Memorial Hospital Auxiliary (SMHA) are proud to have accomplished another year of being able to work for the good of the Tantramar area. A successful 2016 marked  the seventy-first year since its inception, and 2017 is sizing up to be another banner year. 

 

New members were welcomed in 2016. The fresh perspective that each brings forth to this important organization is valued. As is always the case, the wisdom of long-standing membership coupled with the ideas of new members allows for the makings of the perfect recipe for the continued growth of an important organization. Prospective new members are always welcome to attend a meeting to see if it is the right fit for them. Monthly meetings are held at the hospital on the second Thursday of every month, with the exception of July and August. A traditional meeting is held each month, along with guest speakers who enhance the auxiliary's knowledge of the health care system. Afterward, members enjoy coffee and conversation.

 

Guest speakers of 2016 were both varied and interesting. Mark Casey, financial advisor for CIBC Wood Gundy, provided an update on the organization's financial status. Jessica Coleman of Coleman’s Therapeutic Foot Care, reported on services available in Sackville and Moncton. Linda Shannon, Executive Director of the Drew Nursing Home, gave an informative presentation, describing various programs and updates at the home. Jennifer Young, Manager of Volunteer Resources, Auxiliary, and Alumnae Relations for the Moncton and surrounding area provided an interesting talk on volunteerism. Marking SMHA's closure for the summer months, the volunteers of St. Ann's Church prepared a beautiful luncheon for members to enjoy. When the SMHA membership reconvened in the fall, Ann Geddes was our guest speaker; she shared a touching story of her family's fight against cancer. The following month, Judy White, Executive Director of Westford Nursing Home delivered an update in addition to highlighting future plans for the Home. Steve Herc, Media Production Coordinator for the Moncton City Hospital, who installed the auxiliary's new PA system, demonstrated its operation. Lastly, in celebration of year-end, members enjoyed a delicious Christmas dinner and music hosted by the hospital staff. All-in-all, 2016's speakers offered the members an engaging array of presentations. 

 

During monthly meetings and through the work accomplished in individual committees, the tradition continues of working toward enhancing health care offered in the Tantramar region. Donations to the SMHA Memorial Fund, fundraising events, and the gift shop assist the auxiliary in realizing their goals. 

 

With its intriguing gifts, lovely apparel, and many miscellaneous items, the SMHA Gift Shop  continued to run smoothly through committee work and the generosity of volunteers without whom the hours of its operation could not have been accommodated. Through the summer months, a student was employed through a SEED Grant. The gift shop's wide variety of choices is the result of its committee attending annual gift shows, making it all the more appealing for its shoppers. The auxiliary appreciates the public's continued support of the gift shop where shopping is only minutes away for a lovely, unique gift. The gift shop committee presented the auxiliary with a cheque for $10,000 for the year of 2016. 

 

Two fundraisers were held in 2016. Our famous Mad Hatter's Tea Party was loads of fun and proved itself a booming success, with just part of the enjoyment emanating from the fabulous hats worn by those in attendance, the auction, door prizes, and scrumptious food. The Fundraising Committee undertook a second fundraiser, a Big Band Era Dance held in September during Sackville’s Fall Fair. Like the Mad Hatter's Tea party, it was deemed a fun-filled event by all in attendance. 

 

Giving is a key facet of the auxiliary's commitment. Using its various forms of revenue, the SMH Auxiliary achieved a great deal in 2016. Financial aid in the amount of $66,101.54 allowed for the Sackville Memorial Hospital to receive needed medical equipment for different areas of the hospital such as the diabetic clinic, the physiotherapy department, the emergency department, radiology, and Brunswick West. The auxiliary gifted the SMH Foundation's annual campaign with $7200 so their goal for 2016 could be realized. A donation of $6000 was given to each of the two nursing homes in the Tantramar area, the Drew in Sackville and the Westford in Port Elgin. As part of our on-going commitment to encouraging post-secondary education in the field of health care, in June of 2016, the auxiliary awarded six TRHS students with bursaries of $1500 each. The auxiliary's funds are always spent with great care and consideration to need. 

 

Recognition of tradition is also important to SMHA. A plaque celebrating the Charter Members of SMHA was created and is on display in the cabinet just inside the doors of the hospital. The last living Charter Member, Mrs. Fran Smith, passed in 2014, and as is the case with all Charter Members dating back to 1945, noteworthy perseverance in realizing the goals of the auxiliary will always be admired.  

 

In keeping with history, a plaque was prepared to honour those SMHA members who also hold the honour of being awarded Voluntary Auxiliary Service within the Canadian Association of Hospital Auxiliaries. It can be seen in the auxiliary display case.   

 

The auxiliary was fortunate to receive a piece of history, a photograph of Rick Ayer as a newborn, the first baby ever to be born at the SMH. The Archives Committee has had it restored and placed on a plaque, and it can be seen in the auxiliary display cabinet as well. Members dedicated to the work of archives also document some of the accomplishments of the Public Relations Committee, such as articles appearing in newspapers and photographs taken on a regular basis.

 

Collaboration is also vital to SMHA. The auxiliary sent representatives to various meetings throughout the year. Two members attended the New Brunswick Association of Hospital Auxiliaries AGM in Fredericton. Two members attended The Friends of the Moncton Hospital Donor Dinner. President, Linda Tingley, was present at the Volunteer Dinner in Moncton and keeps abreast of other organizations by attending meetings. 

 

As always, the SMH Auxiliary appreciates the community's continued support, which in turn enables the membership to continue contributing to the health care of others in 2017 and beyond. As Margaret Mead wrote, “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever does.”

Past President Audrey Hicks and President Linda Tingley

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