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.
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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

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