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Fort Macleod council salutes health care auxiliary

Fort Macleod council last week paid tribute to the Fort Macleod Health Care Auxiliary Association. Back row, from left: Werner Dressler, Jim Monteith, Marco Van Huigenbos, Gord Wolstenholme, Kristi Edwards, David Orr and Mayor Brent Feyter. Second row: Willy Van Ee, Deb Sutley, Dini Vanee, Ute Eremenko, Marilyn Roemer, Edie Rigaux, Donna Taylor, Cathy Park and Coleen Pansky. Front row: Janet Tilbe, Emily Douglas and Evelyn McTrowe.

Fort Macleod council last week paid tribute to the Fort Macleod Health Care Auxiliary Association. Back row, from left: Werner Dressler, Jim Monteith, Marco Van Huigenbos, Gord Wolstenholme, Kristi Edwards, David Orr and Mayor Brent Feyter. Second row: Willy Van Ee, Deb Sutley, Dini Vanee, Ute Eremenko, Marilyn Roemer, Edie Rigaux, Donna Taylor, Cathy Park and Coleen Pansky. Front row: Janet Tilbe, Emily Douglas and Evelyn McTrowe.

A long-time volunteer organization was recognized last week by the Town of Fort Macleod for 120 years of service to the community.
Mayor Brent Feyter presented a certificate and plaque to the Fort Macleod Health Care Auxiliary Association to mark the milestone anniversary
“Tonight we would like to take the opportunity to thank the auxiliary for all the work they do for our community,” Feyter said. “It’s no small undertaking.”
Auxiliary members attended the Dec. 11 council meeting for the presentation.
Feyter said 120 years of service is impressive.
“That’s a big celebration,” Feyter added.
Auxiliary secretary Evelyn McTrowe had earlier asked council to consider providing formal recognition of the group to mark the anniversary.
The auxiliary has been in continuous service to the community for 120 years under a variety of names.
A ladies aid society was formed in 1897 to support the new Fort Macleod hospital.
Those early members sewed sheets, pillow cases, pajamas, towels, drapes and other items for the new hospital.
When a new hospital was built in 1911 the auxiliary took responsibility for making special needs patients more comfortable with gifts of sweets and companionship.
When another new hospital was built the hospital aid was renamed Hospital Auxiliary, and members set about fund-raising by holding teas and bake sales and selling knitted items and treats in the hospital gift shop.
The auxiliary began accepting donations in memory of family and friends who had died, putting names on a plaque displayed at the hospital.
The auxiliary started an annual Tree of Hope as a fund-raiser. In return for donations, auxiliary members put the names of the loved ones donors want remembered on cards that are put on a Christmas tree in the post office lobby.
The auxiliary has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars to fund equipment and other needs at Fort Macleod Health Centre.
The auxiliary awards two scholarships of $750 each to graduating F.P. Walshe high school students who are entering post-secondary education in the health field.
Auxiliary members volunteer for the flu immunization clinics, the breast screening clinic and Meals On Wheels.

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