Northumberland Hills Hospital Auxiliary commemorates 100 years of dedicated service by caring volunteers

Linda McCracken Ebbrell

Laura McCracken Ebbrell, chair of the planning committee, holds a framed letter from Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, honouring the 100th anniversary of the Northumberland Hills Hospital Auxiliary. Photo courtesy of Northumberland Hills Hospital

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In 1923, a group of women got together to help the hospital in Cobourg. They would roll bandages, sew tourniquets, and give assistance wherever needed. This was the early days of the hospital auxiliary.

The role of the auxiliary would expand. It would fundraise and offer expanded services to support the doctors and nurses. Over the years, it would continue to be a pillar within the organization to help deliver care.

Now, 100 years later, volunteers continue to provide essential support. These are the people at the front desk to direct visitors. They assist in various clinics, fill vending machines, and wheel patients to the door as they leave. The list goes on. Beyond that, it continues to be a significant contributor to the fundraising.

Listen as three key people with the auxiliary share their knowledge and experience as the organization commemorates a century of service.

Originally aired: Dec. 1, 2023

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