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Auxiliary hosts spring conference

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The April meeting of the La Verendrye Hospital Auxiliary was held in the hospital boardroom, with president Susan Robertson chairing it.

She reported on the joint spring conference—a two-day event held here over the weekend that included a presentation on Tai Chi by Carol MacIntosh and one on the role of the pharmacist by Edwin Bruyere.

Dannette MacIntyre spoke on the role of nurse practitioners, David Black did a presentation on Community Paramedicine, and Laurie Lundale talked on confidentiality, privacy, and ethics.

HAAO president Marion Saunders addressed the meeting Saturday afternoon.

Robertson also reported that several auxiliary members were honoured at the Riverside Quarter-Century Club dinner held April 6.

Joan Mudge was honoured for 40 years of membership.

Maureen Blair-Leighton recently celebrated 50 years of membership at the auxiliary’s spring luncheon.

In other news, the auxiliary has decided to offer a $1,000 scholarship to a high school graduate who will be entering a medical field, rather than two $500 ones.

The scholarship will be presented at this year’s high school graduation.

Gift shop manager Monica Sus presented some ideas on alternatives for selling food products there.

Membership director Shirley Scofield, meanwhile, reported there currently are 298 auxiliary members.

Those who have not renewed their 2016 membership may do so at the hospital gift shop.

Janet Lambert reported on a very successful spring luncheon, at which guest speaker Linda Hamilton gave an excellent presentation on downsizing your home.

The door prize was won by Margaret Lambert, who coincidentally was celebrating her 97th birthday that day.

And Dixie Badiuk reported that the “Lobby Lottery” is back up and running, and that a one-year licence has been received.

A reminder that “Rock’n for a Reason” will be held Saturday, April 23 in conjunction with the Fort Frances Chamber of Commerce’s annual home show.

Pledge sheets have been distributed to auxiliary members and other local personalities, who will be raising money by “rocking” at the show.

Support this event is much appreciated.

The auxiliary’s annual general meeting and election of officers will be held on Monday, June 13.

Robertson asked that all directors have their annual reports submitted to her by June 1.

Joy Lockman advised that this year’s “Strawberry Social” will be held June 16 on the hospital grounds.

Finally, Foundation rep June Keddie advised that the Riverside Foundation for Health Care will hold its fall event on Sept. 24 at the Fort Frances Curling Club.

Its annual spring luncheon is set for Sunday, April 24 at the Robert Moore School gym.

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