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Women’s Auxiliary launches annual campaign

Postcards were mailed to homes across the Valley in recent days, announcing the start of the 2022 membership drive and fundraiser for the Women’s Auxiliary of the Barrie Memorial Hospital.

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Members of the Women’s Auxiliary of the Barrie Memorial Hospital manned a booth at the Fall Festival in Ormstown on October 1 and 2. The bazaar will return to CVR on November 5 PHOTO Sarah Rennie

Lynn Caza, who takes care of publicity for the organization, says the postcards are here to stay. Introduced during the pandemic, when door-to-door canvassing by older volunteers was not possible, the postcards have proven to be a cost-effective and reliable campaign tool. There is also hope that the presence of members during events this year will help keep the organization,and its mission to support the hospital, front of mind.

A change to the bylaws has been instituted so that the five-dollar membership fee will now be included as part of the donation. “The total amount will now show on tax receipts,” says Caza. A second change made by the organization is that it is now accepting men as members. “Men have always been involved with helping,” says Caza, speaking of the countless hours invested by husbands and significant others over the years. She maintains the name of the organization won’t change, but says they are especially happy to be officially recognizing this contribution within the organization.

“These are all small changes as we work towards 2026 and our 75th anniversary,” she explains, suggesting they have some larger projects in mind to mark the milestone. In the meantime, the Women’s Auxiliary is especially happy to announce the return of the bazaar after a two-year hiatus. It will take place on the first Saturday in November at Chateauguay Valley Regional High School in Ormstown, and there will be the usual crafts, vendors, and baking, but no sit-down meal. Instead, a small café will be open for anyone looking for a snack. “We want to be sure people are comfortable, but still getting out,” Caza says of the decision to not bring back the traditional lunch just yet.

All funds raised through events and the membership drive go towards supporting the Barrie Memorial Hospital. Caza says that smaller purchases have been going through, and around $325,000 has been promised or allocated toward significant purchases. Donations can be made by e-transfer to the email address, dabarriememorial@gmail.com, or by mailing a cheque addressed to the Women’s Auxiliary of the Barrie Memorial Hospital, 28 Gale Street, Ormstown, J0S 1K0.

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