Sunshine Coast Auxiliary Connects with Totem Lodge Residents

A stove in the Totem Lodge – originally equipped by the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary 15 years ago – was in need of an upgrade. Jeanie Parker, Chair of the Roberts Creek Branch, along with funding from the Gibsons and Halfmoon Bay Branches, arranged for the purchase of a new combination convection/warming oven. Richard Nelles of Coast Appliance, Sechelt, provided a generous discount and ensured delivery and installation. As a result, the residents are again enjoying hot toast with their breakfast, regular cookie baking activities and, when we visited, an afternoon pizza party.

Pictured (l-r) Richard Nelles, Coast Appliance, Sechelt; Trudy Heller, Gibsons Branch; Michelle Chapman, Roberts Creek Branch; Lynne Sturm, Halfmoon Bay Branch; Chris Luster, Activity Worker.

On March 26th, Vancouver Coastal Health recognized the achievements of the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary at the Annual Brown Bag lunch. Long-term VCH service awards were presented to 11 auxiliary members. Guest speakers provided information about the role of Nurse Practitioners on the Coast and the Emergency Response Department of the Sechelt Regional District. Lunch, courtesy of VCH and the Auxiliary Board, was enjoyed by all, including eight residents from Shorncliffe and Totem Lodge extended care homes. Resident Terry Barker once again presented a thank you card from the staff and residents to the Auxiliary for all the services it provides to both facilities. The card featured Terry’s original artwork on the cover and a poem he had written.

Terry Barker (middle) with Alison Kilpatrick (left), Residential Care Activities Coordinator and Carole Murray, President, Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary.

(Submitted by the Sunshine Coast Healthcare Auxiliary)