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Dauphin Health Care Auxiliary wraps up with final contributions

The Dauphin Health Care Auxiliary completed its final act of business February 9, with two cheques presented to the Dauphin Hospital Foundation designated for use within both the hospital and personal care home.  Auxiliary executive members signed off on two donations, of $23,156 each, to be used for future contributions to both facilities.  The Auxiliary officially announced it was ceasing operation back on January 12, 2022 after 120 years of volunteer service and fundraising efforts.

Auxiliary President Sharon Derhousoff said it was a bittersweet day, happy that the remaining funds will be put to good use, but sad because it means the organization has officially wrapped up.

“The Dauphin Health Care Auxiliary would like to thank Dauphin and surrounding communities for their support throughout the years.  It is because of the businesses and community members who gave us support through our fundraising efforts that we were able to accomplish what we did.  To the members, thank you for all that you have done.”

The Hospital Foundation also expressed it’s sincere gratitude and appreciation.

 “It is with heavy hearts we accept these generous contributions. The Health Care Auxiliary has been rooted in tradition and a long-standing commitment to serve for over 120 years.  Our area communities, the DRHC and Dauphin Personal Care Home have been so very fortunate over the years to benefit from the contributions made through the amazing group of volunteers that served.  Their legacy will remain unparalleled and we sincerely thank the membership, past and present, for partnering with us to further meet health care needs within our facilities.”

Earlier, PMH CEO Brian Schoonbaert met with Auxiliary members to pass along the region’s gratitude for all the group has done not only recently, but throughout its existence.

Pictured (l-r): Malcolm Strang, Vice-Chair, Dauphin Hospital Foundation, Sharon Derhousoff, Dauphin Health Care Auxiliary President, Sally Verhaeghe, Auxiliary Vice-president/Secretary and Joan McKinnon, Auxiliary Gift Shop Chair/Historian and Blaine Kraushaar, Public Relations, Dauphin Hospital Foundation Board.  Missing from the photo is Marilyn Strang (Treasurer).