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Dateline Cowichan: Hospital auxiliary still going strong at CDH

A home near Fairburn farm, Cowichan Station, B.C. (between 1984 and 1985). John Jackson of Ireland probably built this home circa 1888. Wealthy brewery owners Jack and Mollie Archer bought the property in 1955 with 130 acres, the remainer being sold to MacMillan Bloedel.  - courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive
A home near Fairburn farm, Cowichan Station, B.C. (between 1984 and 1985). John Jackson of Ireland probably built this home circa 1888. Wealthy brewery owners Jack and Mollie Archer bought the property in 1955 with 130 acres, the remainer being sold to MacMillan Bloedel.
— image credit: courtesy Cowichan Valley Museum and Archive

In the more than 100 years since community group Scattered Circle scrubbed floors, cleaned windows and made curtains and bed linen to ensure the new King’s Daughters’ Hospital was in perfect order for its opening day, volunteers have raised money for equipment and programs in Cowichan hospitals.

And our community has nothing but admiration for the motivated volunteers who for decades have tirelessly raised money to enhance hospital care. In July 1983, for example, a raffle brought in enough money to complete funding for a wheelchair and stretcher at the extended care hospital on Cairnsmore.

At a meeting chaired by president Melba Schappert, members learned the hospital gift shop raised $17,820 in the first four months of the year with $4,770 spent to purchase a refrigerator and freezer for blood storage in the hospital lab. Nettie Dobbs read a letter of thanks from CDH acting administrator David McDowell for items purchased by the auxiliary. Cindy Andrews told the meeting about 40 junior auxiliary volunteers attended a wind-up swim and pizza party at the home of Afra Bott.

The senior auxiliary would pay for two of the four juniors scheduled to work at the extended care hospital during July and August, she reported.

1983: computers

In the Cowichan school district parents wanted an increase in the amount of computer time in schools. In the wake of funding cuts the board refused to reinstate the elementary music program.

1983: golf

After completing four years of university, twenty-two-year-old Dawn Coe headed for California to compete for the first time in the LPGA tour.

1983: track

At the YMCA-Times Colonist International track meet, Robbie English, 11, won the 800-metre and 1,500-metre races and placed second in javelin; Norman Kaiser, 11, won the 100-metre race, discus and long jump.

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