President's letter 2019-2020

To our members, 

Thanks to your unwavering support, we have had another wonderful year and managed to complete several projects. 

It started with the annual July 1st BBQ which went well and where we served 412 meals. Next we went to Havelock Fair and served 196 meals. In November, we hosted the annual Bazaar where there was a great variety of products for sale, offered by our volunteers and local vendors. Thanks to all of them for their financial support. 

We truly appreciate all of the donations and membership subscriptions. The 2019 campaign results are: Huntingdon $6 265, Ormstown $15 285 Dewittville $4 620, Howick Aubrey/Riverfield $7 558, St Chrysostome $8 325, Franklin $7730, Sainte-Agnès-de-Dundee $2 994, Hemmingford $7 615. Covey Hill/Havelock $2 100, Saint-Antoine-Abbé $183, Bazar $845, BMH $235 For a total of $63 756 The aim of the Women's Auxiliary is to help the Hospital and the patients and therefore, an important component is to purchase new equipment that is not in the Government budget. In 2019, our funds purchased $141,425 worth of equipment. Here is a short list: 

Ultrasound $ 97 843, Portable, transport ventilator $23 917, 3 vital sign machines $5 013, ECG machine with monitor $4 648, Oxygen saturation machine and miscellaneous $6 928, smaller purchases including a ring cutter, personnel effects for 3rd flour, chairs for patients, restraints and radiation protection aprons. An amount of $200,000 has been earmarked for 2020 purchases. 

Thank you for your generosity and your confidence in the Women's Auxiliary which allows us to improve the quality of life for patients of the Barrie. Thank you to all of our volunteers as well. 

Because of the Covid 19 pandemic, we decided to cancel our usual events until the end of the year. However, we are looking at new ways of fundraising because the patients and public who need the Barrie Memorial Hospital, and the Hospital itself, need our help and support more than ever. 

Be vigilant, be careful and stay healthy! 

Sincerely 

France Dandurand, president of the BMH WA