Where did the summer go? With cool temperatures upon us, thoughts turn to school, our children’s activities, routine, and a return to the committees and organizations that make up a part of our lives.
With our September meeting under our belts, the Virden and District Health Auxiliary is ready to begin another year. We are a group of like-minded volunteers who strive to carry out our objective of adding to the care, comfort and well being of the clients of our local health care facilities – Virden Health Centre, the Sherwood Home and West-Man Nursing Home, as well as helping with special purchases for our Emergency Medical Services.
With close to 30 active members, we always have members who are willing to take on any project that may benefit others in need. That is the beauty of the Health Auxiliary; with everyone living such busy lives these days, members are able to donate as much or as little time as befits them.
We rely on the generous contributions from local service clubs and businesses, Donor’s Choice, private donations and memorial donations. With these funds, we are able to provide equipment for our local heath facilities. For example, this past year, we were able to provide the West-Man Nursing Home with a sit stand and ten tracks that are placed above residents’ beds. A lift mechanism is attached to the track that helps staff move residents without causing them any undue stress.
The Auxiliary delivers Meals on Wheels, assists at one West-Man birthday party per year, and hosts a Christmas Tea and Bake Sale and a Spring Luncheon.
The Christmas Tea, which this year will be held on Nov. 30, is a very popular event. There are fancy sandwiches, desserts, dainties, a bake sale, draws and door prizes, and of course, lots of visiting.
The Spring Luncheon features a cold plate lunch and draws.
We are fortunate to be able to continue these small town traditions that bring so much joy and fond memories to so many, but which are disappearing in so many communities. It is thanks to wonderful volunteers that we can continue with these activities.
Virden’s First Annual Community Expo takes place Sept. 26 in Tundra Oil & Gas Place. The Virden and District Health Auxiliary will be in attendance.
Stop by and browse through our history book which features more than 100 years of service to our area, get information on providing care for family members with Alzheimer’s or dementia, perhaps drop off a donation, or learn more about our organization and its members.
You might even decide that the Virden and District Health Auxiliary is just right for you. We always welcome new members. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Virden and District Health Auxiliary, our next meeting is Monday, Oct. 15, at the Health Unit.