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Auxiliary day at PRH

Come to Penticton Regional Hospital Friday to celebrate Health Care Auxiliary Day, coinciding with events throughout British Columbia.

The auxiliary will be serving free cake in the PRH lobby to those attending from 1 to 2:30 p.m. and free coffee courtesy of the adjacent SOS Café. The hospital’s gift shop will have all its items on sale at 30 per cent off for the entire day.

June Revell-Quevillon, president of the Penticton Hospital Auxiliary, said the organization has 27 active members who all volunteer their time to improve the quality of patient comfort and care.

They do everything from visiting and guiding patients around the hospital, to running the gift shop and organizing fundraising events to purchase new medical equipment.

“We know that our hospital needs lots of equipment – lots of extras that our government doesn’t pay for,” she said. “Everybody uses the hospital, so that equipment and care – that personal touch is needed. The volunteers try and provide that.”

Marlene Leland joined the Penticton Hospital Auxiliary three years ago. “I’m retired and had the time to get back into volunteering,” Leland said. “It’s a fun group.”

Leland said she gets the most personal satisfaction out of being involved in the auxiliary’s various fundraising activities.

“It’s great, seeing what we can do,” she said. 

May Simpson is a 25-year veteran with the Penticton Auxiliary. Simpson also pointed to the friendships she has developed with other members and hospital staff as a key reason she has remained involved for so many years.

Lt-Gov. Judith Guichon has officially declared Healthcare Auxiliary Day in B.C. More than 6,600 adults and 800 junior volunteers are involved in 83 auxiliaries around the province.

In 2014, auxiliary members donated more than 1.3 million volunteer hours and helped raise more than $7 million for health care facilities.

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