Helen joined the North Hastings Hospital Auxiliary in 1995 as a volunteer at the Opportunity Shop, the predecessor of the New To You. She quickly became involved in several fundraisers … Cookie Sales, Garden Tours and the Strawberry Tea … and was recognized for her efforts with a Special Recognition pin and an Outstanding Service Pin before 2000. By this time Helen, was supporting the Auxiliary as a member of the executive filling the roles of 1st and 2nd Vice-president and then President from 2000 –2002.
During her years with the Auxiliary, Helen was been a representative at many conferences, both regional and provincial, served on the Constitution and By-law committee, the Facility Committee, Books for Babies and served as the Publicity rep. She has chaired or worked on the Round-up, Fashion shows, Raffles and the Harvest Tea.
Since 2000, her fellow Auxilians have honoured her with a certificate of appreciation, a 5, 10 and 15 year pin, an Ontario Volunteer Service Award, local life membership and provincial life membership. This year Helen would have received her 20 year pin. Until earlier this year, Helen continued to contribute buying and distributing sundries to the patients of the hospital to make their stays more pleasant.
Helen has been a long-term, highly valued member of the North Hastings District Hospital Auxiliary. She will be very much missed by her fellow Auxilians, by the Hospital staff, by the patients of North Hastings Hospital and by the community of Bancroft and District.