Doreen Neidig, Wilda Quail, Joanna Pitt, Charlotte Leffler, Gloria Blakey and Rosa Rocca of the Ladies Auxiliary of Rocky Mountain Village prepared flowers for all the mothers in RMV. (missing: Celia Roccamatisi) Phil McLachlan/The Free Press

Ladies Auxiliary make Mother’s Day special

Mother’s Day is an age-old tradition that honours the sacrifices and hard work of those who brought us into this world. Every year, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Rocky Mountain Village (RMV) gives back to these individuals.

Last week, the ladies were busy at work preparing flowers for all the mothers in Rocky Mountain Village.

“Isn’t this lovely?” exclaimed Auxiliary President, Wilda Quail with a smile. “Have you ever seen such a glorious (display) of flowers for them?”

It is their annual tradition to prepare gifts for the mothers who call RMV their home.

The Ladies Auxiliary started at the Tom Uphill Manor over 20 years ago. Since then they have moved to Rocky Mountain Village but continue to raise funds in order to give back. Mother’s Day is just one of many days in which the Ladies Auxiliary gives back. They also hand out gifts on Father’s Day, Easter, Christmas, and every birthday of every RMV resident.

The hardworking group of women who make up the Ladies Auxiliary include Wilda Quail, president, Celia Roccamatisi, secretary, Charlotte Leffler, treasurer, Gloria Blakey, Joanna Pitt, Rosa Rocca and Doreen Neidig.

Last year, through donations from the community, the auxiliary spent $5,400 to help support the 62 residents at RMV. Funds went toward many different things, including air mattresses, music programs, cooking items, easter bunnies, body lotions, BBQ equipment, Christmas materials and gifts, Father’s Day gifts and Mother’s Day gifts, as well as iPod shuffles for the Music and Memory program.

Music and Memory assists those affected by dementia, allowing them to recall times of old through music from their past.

These funds were received by several dedicated and generous groups such as the Lions Club, the Rotary Club, Save-On-Foods, and Ann’s Independent Grocer.

The Ladies Auxiliary have been known to bring joy to many for years and are happy to welcome new members into their hardworking group. Any time given is gratefully accepted, even if only for a few hours. Those interested in becoming involved may contact Wilda Quail at 250-423-6703.

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