Phil Robling, Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary president, left, hands over a cheque for $550,000 to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital representatives Bob Fulcher, Shelley Gallant, Janet Shute, Jennifer Doyle, Marysia Riverin, Sharon Traub and Damien Lange. The cheque, presented at the auxiliary’s annual general meeting Thursday, is the largest donation ever presented to the hospital by the auxiliary. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary presents NRGH with $550,000 donation

Second time auxiliary presents a cheque topping half a million dollars to hospital

Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary will again be able to support NRGH to the tune of more than half a million dollars.

The hospital auxiliary held its annual general meeting Thursday at Beban Park, featuring lunch for the auxiliary’s 250 volunteers and the presentation of a cheque to Nanaimo Regional General Hospital for $550,000.

Part of the money will be used to create a gathering place at the hospital where people can deal with grief and distress in privacy.

This is the second time the hospital auxiliary has made an annual donation to NRGH exceeding $500,000.

“Providing care and comfort for patients has always been the main priority of our auxiliary,” said Phil Robling, auxiliary president, in a press release.

“This gathering place will really support that, especially when families are going through a difficult time while at Nanaimo hospital with a family member or loved one.”

The auxiliary and its 250 volunteers have provided NRGH with hands-on and financial support for more than 100 years and in 2018 donated more than 45,000 hours to raise money and support patients.

“We are so grateful to the auxiliary and its volunteers for all that they do for our hospital. The impact of the auxiliary’s financial and human contribution on patient care is significant,” said Damian Lange, director of clinical operations at NRGH, in the release. “The new gathering space will be a big benefit for our patients’ loved ones.”

For more information about Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary, visit, e-mail or call 250-585-0409.
Like us on
Facebook and follow us on Twitter


Marie Harrison, Nanaimo Hospital Auxiliary Thrift Shop volunteer, received a bouquet and a certificate at the auxiliary’s annual general meeting Thursday when she was recognized for giving 5,000 hours of volunteer service to the auxiliary over the past 10 years. CHRIS BUSH/The News Bulletin

Just Posted

Nanaimo Ladysmith school district will seek input on strategic plan

Stated goals include reconciliation and environmental stewardship

Regional District of Nanaimo creating strategic plan for parks and trails

RDN manages more than 200 community and regional parks

Man suffers burns, dog dies in fire in Nanaimo

Structure burns down on Clifford Road property in Cedar

City of Nanaimo urging extreme caution in parks during fire season

Smoking, campfires, barbecues not allowed in city parks, users should be aware of fire hazards

First cruise ship of the season docks in Nanaimo

Silversea’s Silver Muse makes port call

PHOTOS: Elusive ‘ghost whale’ surfaces near Campbell River

Ecotourism operator captures images of the rare white orca

Victoria mom describes finding son ‘gone’ on first day of coroners inquest into overdose death

Resulting recommendations could change handling of youth records amidst the overdose crisis

Dash-cam video in trial of accused cop killer shows man with a gun

Footage is shown at trial of Oscar Arfmann, charged with killing Const. John Davidson of Abbotsford

Suicide confirmed in case of B.C. father who’d been missing for months

2018 disappearance sparked massive search for Ben Kilmer

Eight U.S. senators write to John Horgan over B.C. mining pollution

The dispute stems from Teck Resources’ coal mines in B.C.’s Elk Valley

Threats charge against Surrey’s Jaspal Atwal stayed

Atwal, 64, was at centre of controversy in 2018 over his attendance at prime minister’s reception in India

Anti-vaxxer Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to speak in Surrey

He’s keynote speaker at Surrey Environment and Business Awards luncheon by Surrey Board of Trade Sept. 17

Otters devour 150 trout at Kootenay hatchery

The hatchery has lost close to 150 fish in the past several months

LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Improving transit will make a difference in a climate emergency

Transit helps take cars off the road, ease congestion and improve air quality, says letter writer

Most Read