The Ladies’ Auxiliary brings comfort

Rocky Mountain Village Ladies Auxiliary are once again asking the community to help them bring smiles to the residents at the seniors’ home.

The women of the Rocky Mountain Village Ladies Auxiliary are once again asking the community to help them bring smiles to the residents at the seniors’ home.

The Ladies Auxiliary has been helping the residents of Rocky Mountain Village for years by bringing them gifts for holidays like Christmas and Easter and putting on special events like the occasional barbeque.

This weekend, the ladies will present the men and women of Rocky Mountain Village with hand-crafted orchid bouquets in honour of Mother’s Day, as they do every year.

“There are a lot of mothers here and grandmothers too, so it seems like an appropriate thing to do.  It just makes people feel better,” Quail added.

After raising enough money to afford a Polaris Transfer Lifter chair, donations are now being accepted to keep the group going.

The group is hoping to raise enough money to provide a “comfort carts” to residents and their families in palliative care.

These carts contain items such as dry shampoo, relaxing CDs, blankets, reading materials and other items to bring comfort to residents and their families.

“We’ve been struggling to make money for a while so we definitely need the publicity,” said Wilda Quail, president of the Rocky Mountain Ladies Auxiliary.  “Coming up with money from our own pockets has been difficult.”

Tax receipts will be provided for donations and the auxiliary send a memorial card to the family when a donation is given in memory of a deceased resident. The women remind people that donations must be made to the ladies’ auxiliary, and not just to Rocky Mountain Village, otherwise they will not receive the money.

Also, the ladies are always encouraging people to join and anybody with a desire to attend a meeting, they are on the first Monday of every month at 1:30 p.m. at Rocky Mountain Village.

When Tom Uphill Home opened in 1967 a Ladies Auxiliary was promptly formed.  The Auxiliary donated gifts and required equipment for decades, moving with the residents to Rocky Mountain Village, and today still diligently providing the same services it did in the past.

This is accomplished by a few women: Wilda Quail, Elsie Singleton, Doreen Neidig, Margaret Caldwell, Celia Roccamatisi, Cathy Barnett, Wendy Angus, Charlotte Leffler, Joanna Pitt, Diana Jones and Rosa Rocca. Some have a history of decades of work with this group.

“Rotary, Lions Club and the Fire Department have been very generous,” said Wilda. If you have a couple of hours to spare a month call Wilda at 250-423-6703 for information.

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