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Each month a new article about the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary is published in the Peace Arch News.

Increasing mobility for our Residents

The Peace Arch Auxiliary is fortunate to be able to purchase equipment that make a huge difference in the lives of our residents of Dr. Al Hogg Pavilion and the Weatherby Pavilion.

 Last year we were able to purchase two Arjo platform walkers at the cost $8,000.00 each..

The unique thing about these walkers is that they  have a remote  controlled height- adjustment platform which provides the support that many residents need to stand and walk.

 The walker also includes a feature to assist residents with the initial phase of standing - the phase of standing that requires the greatest amount of strength.

This is often lacking in some of our residents.

These walkers include many features that enhance the safety of both residents and staff.

They increase mobility, help prevent falls help manage pain and increase the quality of life for those people that need them.

They make a huge difference including increasing a resident's ability to participate in their daily care.  

It is important to our Auxiliary that the monies that we raise support all areas of the Hospital.

The Gift Shop continues to be busy this spring and new items are arriving weekly.

Our buyers are constantly looking for new items for the shop.

The Flower Power   Group supplies the shop with new flower arrangements each week.

The Superfluity Shop is celebrating their 37th anniversary at its present location on Prospect Avenue.

 Our President at that time Diane Perrie, with her Vice-President Ellen Kennett (Sinclair), and her Board, were instrumental in our purchasing of the shop.

She is still volunteering at the shop and we celebrate all of our amazing volunteers who help keep this shop such a busy place.

Our regular customers are always eager to see our latest treasures and great finds which are put out a daily

The Auxiliary is always looking for new members.

 If you would like to join this energetic group of people, please pick up an information package at the Superfluity Shop, which is located at   15163  Prospect Avenue, at the Information desk  in the hospital lobby or at   www.pahas.ca 


Season for giving

Christmas is nearly here and the Auxiliary has many great ways to help your shopping

By making a purchase at our gift shop, our Superfluity Thrift Shop and at our group fundraisers, you help the Auxiliary raise funds to support projects at the hospital, like the new emergency department.

This year, members of the Kay Hogg Goodwill are excited about a new fundraiser, Naughty or Ice, to be held Thursday, Dec. 1.

It is an evening of wine, appetizers music by Cheek to Cheek at West Coast Gardens located at 1420 172 Street.  The second prize is a travel voucher and the third prize is a manicure for a year.

There is a reverse draw, with the first prize a diamond ring valued at $2,500. The second prize is a travel voucher worth $1,200and the third prize is a manicure a month for a year.

There will be demonstrations of decorating ideas and vendors with lots of ideas for Christmas gifts.  It is guaranteed to be a lot of fun.

There are a limited number of tickets, so please call Kathy at 604-535-8552 or Alicia at 604-536-5634 to participate in this fun event.

The funds raised will go towards the purchase of equipment for Peace Arch Hospital.

Our gift shop in the hospital lobby is looking very festive with lots of holiday decorations and gifts for everyone.

We have a good selection of stuffed animals and hand-knitted baby clothes.  There are scarves, jewelry, handbags and new fancy tops for the holidays arriving weekly.

Please take some time to visit our gift shop the next time you are in the hospital.

Our Flower Power Group is made up of trained florists who meet each week to make our lovely floral arrangements that are sold in the gift shop. They make small arrangements that are appropriate for giving to that special person who may be in the hospital.

They are happy to make special arrangements on request.  If you would like to have a custom floral arrangement please call 604-535-4500, ext. 75745.

Our Superfluity Thrift Shop has lots of gift ideas for Christmas.

 We have a boutique that has an amazing variety of festive and designer clothes.  We have lots of clothing, jewellery and household items.  And we always have a large selection of collectables which make a unique gift for that special person on your list.

Our Superfluity Shop on Prospect Avenue is always accepting donations of clothing and small household items. If you are able to donate items of furniture please call the shop at 604-536-7744 and speak to the staff.

The Auxiliary is always looking for new members.

If you would like to join this energetic group of people, please pick up an information package at the Superfluity Shop, which is located at 15163 Prospect Avenue, at the information desk in the hospital lobby or at   www.pahas. 


Season of Buying, Selling and Giving Back

Season of buying, selling, and giving back

 

Another Christmas is nearing and the Auxiliary is gearing up with many fundraisers which are so important for us.

We have just had another sellout Fall Bridge luncheon.  We thank all the volunteers who made this event possible and all the Bridge players who came out to support this important event.

This luncheon has been held for many years and is just one of many that enable our Auxiliary to donate the monies that are so important to our hospital.

 November 4th and 5th the Kwatcha group will have their annual linen sale at the United Church on Buena Vista Avenue.

 This event has been held for several years.  The members of this group collect linens of all types including lace table cloths, modern linens, doilies, handkerchiefs and Christmas linens including table runners, cloths and napkins.  They also sell collectables including fine china.

This sale always attracts buyers from all over the Lower Mainland who are aware  of the top quality of the items for sale.

The Aquarius group will be holding a jewelery sale  in the lobby of the hospital on November 6th.

On November 17th and 30th, the Aquarius Group will hold  a New to You Christmas  sale in the lobby of the hospital.

On November 19th the Breakaways Bays group is having a Bake Sale at Breakaway Bays clubhouse.  This will be a great way to buy some great home made baked items for early Christmas entertaining.

There will also be two big Christmas sales sponsored by the Aquarius group on November 25th and 26th at the Elks Hall on George Street.  These sales will have lots of Christmas items ranging from decorations, to collectables.

The Semiahmoo Group will be selling their famous Grinch Trees and Christmas decorations in the lobby of the hospital on November 25th.  They will also have a   gourmet basket at this sale as well as a Christmas planter and Starbucks coffee cards.  The Grinch trees are perfect for a person who may not have room for a tree or who would like a living decoration for their home.  The Grinch trees last at least two months.

December 3rd the Semiahmoo Group will be having a Bake Sale at Crescent Gardens, 1222 King George Blvd. 

This is always very busy as there are few people selling home made baking and they always have a large selection of items including home made loaves, cookies and squares. 

Our Superfluity Shop on Prospect Avenue is always accepting donations of clothing and small household items.

 If you are able to donate items of furniture please call the shop at 604-536-7744 and speak to the manager about it.

The Auxiliary is always looking for new members.  If you would like to join this energetic group of people, please pick up an information package at the Superfluity Shop, which is located at   15163  Prospect Avenue, at the information desk  in the hospital lobby or at   www.pahas. 


Gardening Grows

Gardening grows at Peace Arch Hospital

In May the Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary donated $1,000.00 to the Residential Care
 department at the hospital to provide gardening supplies for their recreational
therapy program.

In July the executive of the Auxiliary was given a tour of these gardens and we
were amazed to see how wonderful they are.

There are five garden spaces at the residential care department and all residents
are encouraged to participate in the garden club.

The planning of the gardens starts early in the spring. In March and April, the
 residents get together to decide what type of gardens they would like.  Each
 garden has a budget of about $200.00.

The gardens are planned by the residents because this is their home. Like all
gardens some have lots of sun and some have more shade.  Lots of consideration
 goes into what type of plants will suit each garden.

Most of the residents have some gardening experience and many have been life
long gardeners with extensive knowledge of plants.
The residents are often the ones teaching the volunteers and staff about the plants.

When all the decisions about what plants need to be purchased a visit to the nurseries
 is planned.
 The residents take the bus with the recreational therapists and purchase the plants.
 There are often a few changes at this time.
 It is a very empowering experience for residents to have a say in what plants and flowers
they have in the gardens which they visit.

The gardens are planted by the residents as they are able and are helped by staff and
volunteers. 
Then like all anxious gardeners they wait for sunny weather to see the results of all their
 hard work.

Gardens are places of sanctuary, of joy and happiness. They are a great place to sit
 and read, or a place to just feel the wind, the sunshine or warmth of the sun. They are
 a great place to listen to the birds and enjoy the clouds.  They are a wonderful place
 to take visitors and families.

The gardens are enjoyed by many of the residents. They get a lot of joy by just by
 being able to be outside, to dead head flowers and water them.

Our Superfluity Shop on Prospect Avenue is always accepting donations of clothing and
small household items.
 If you are able to donate items of furniture, please call the shop at 604-536-7744 and
speak to the manager about it.

The Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society is always looking for energetic volunteers of
 all ages. 
Applications can be picked up at the Superfluity Shop, located at 15163 Prospect
 Avenue, the Gift shop at Peace Arch Hospital and at the information desk located
 in the lobby of the hospital.

Volunteerism Rewarded

Volunteerism rewarded
On June 6, Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society awarded three
$2,000.00 scholarships to three very dedicated volunteers at
 Peace Arch Hospital.
To be eligible to apply for the bursary applicants must be a current volunteer
 at Peace Arch Hospital, in good standing, with 75 or more accumulated hours
of voluntary service.
Selection of the bursary recipients is usually very difficult because the students
who apply are all typically very accomplished, ambitious young adults.
Michelle Janusz began volunteering in residential care in September 2013 and says
 "volunteering at Peace Arch Hospital
 is by far the most important and  rewarding  activity I do outside of school".
Janusz's interest in volunteering was sparked during a visit to Poland in 2012 to
visit her ailing grandfather. 
While she was there she felt the quality of care was poor and the medical
 equipment substandard.
With that inspiration Januz applied to volunteer as soon as she was old enough
In September she plans to study Biomedical Engineering with the ideal of designing
medical equipment.
Michael Laskaris-Domanski volunteers at the Superfluity Shop.
"My mother was a patient at Peace Arch Hospital and my primary motivation for
 becoming a volunteer at the Superfluity Shop". 
I am keen on reciprocating the care that she received at Peace Arch by assisting
 customers and other volunteers".
Laskaris-Domanski's dream is to become a dentist.
"In five years I expect to have completed a Bachelor's Degree in Biology at UBC
and into my first year of dentistry also at UBC.
Joanne Matthew applied to volunteer at Peace Arch Hospital in the summer of 2014
 and was accepted to assist with the Ice Cream Sunday Program and following that
moved on to help with Therapeutic Recreation Programs during the school year.
Matthew says volunteering gave her insight into how the hospital operates and how
 the lives of our patients and residents are affected by chronic, complex illness and a
lengthy hospital stay or permanent placement in long term care.
Joanne plans to pursue a career in pharmacy.
The Peace Arch Hospital Auxiliary Society is looking for energetic volunteers of all ages.
 Applications can be picked up at the Superfluity Shop, located at 15163 Prospect Ave,
 the Gift Shop at Peace Arch Hospital and at the Information Desk located in the lobby
 of the hospital.
 Application forms can also be downloaded at www.pahas.ca.

 


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