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Quinte Health board presents Values in Action award to County’s hospital auxiliary

Quinte Health Board member and auxiliary member, Peggy Payne (left) presented a Values in Action Award to PECMH Auxiliary president Susan Quaiff (centre) and past president Pat Evans.

The Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary (PECMHA) was honoured by Quinte Health for its work to support the hospital and for fundraising.

At their June meeting, Tuesday night, the Quinte Health Board of Directors gave special recognition and presented a Values in Action Award to the auxiliary.

Quinte Health Board member and auxiliary member Peggy Payne presented a Values in Action Award to PECMH president Susan Quaiff and past president Pat Evans.

Fueled by a powerful and dedicated volunteer force, hospital auxiliaries go above and beyond to support volunteer programs and fundraising endeavours. The Second Time Around Shop in Picton was noted as a remarkable fundraising enterprise of Picton’s auxiliary that also serves an important environmental role in the repurposing of items. It also provides an affordable option at a time of increased cost of living.

In May, the PECMH Auxiliary passed another milestone – exceeding $3 million it has donated to the County’s hospital. The month before, thanks to the generosity of more than 500 donors, the auxiliary matched donations and presented $300,000 to help purchase a new x-ray machine for the County’s hospital. The auxiliary has 400 volunteers among various groups.

Second Time Around Shop Manager Pam Strachan and her team of volunteers make available everything from small appliances and furniture to purses, jewelry, footwear, and clothing – the store is more than 6,800 square feet and teeming with new and gently-used items.

“To Pam and the rest of the mighty volunteer team at the Second Time Around shop – we thank you for all you do in support of the County hospital,” said Payne. “We thank the PECMHA for operating such tremendous programs and for being our close partner and significant contributor for the new hospital build. You are a vital part of the Quinte Health family of four hospitals, and a glowing example of our values – We all make a difference, and Stronger Together.”

The volunteer-run shop first began in May of 1973. Sustaining a business for 50 years, including through the ups and downs of moves, and a global pandemic, was noted as a remarkably impressive feat.

It was also noted the auxiliary also recently stepped up to support the development of a ‘comfort closet’ in the hospital to supply clothing for patients in need. Patient Services Manager Lisa Mowbray refers to the volunteer team as, “The ideal of kindness exemplified – simply amazing people!”.

Donations of new or gently used items that are clean and in good condition are welcome Monday through Thursday mornings starting at 8:30. Visit the Prince Edward County Memorial Hospital Auxiliary website to see what the shop accepts in terms of donations and how to become a volunteer at the Second Time Around shop or with another auxiliary program.

Pictured at the Hospital Auxiliary’s Second Time Around Shop in Picton in this file photo, are representatives from both the PECMH Foundation and PECMH Auxiliary. – Briar Boyce photo

 

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