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Shuswap ladies-in-red health auxiliary needs volunteers

President, treasurer needed or 113-year-old organization faces dissolution
The Shuswap Lake Health Care Auxiliary is desperately seeking volunteers to join their ranks and fill the positions of president and treasurer to keep the 113-year-old organization from folding. (Shuswap Lake Health Care Auxiliary Facebook photo)

The Shuswap Lake Health Care Auxiliary needs a dose of volunteer support or the 113-year-old organization will be forced to dissolve.

Auxiliary member Edie Swanson explained that due to declining membership, the positions of president and treasurer are currently vacant and desperately need to be filled because, “without a complete executive, we can not continue as a society.”

“It’s really hard to get volunteers,” she added. “Everyone says they work and have families, but we did too.”

Swanson described the group as “the ladies wearing red jackets” who assist patients and visitors at Shuswap Lake General Hospital and long-term care facility Bastion Place.

Volunteers must be 19 and older, be vaccinated for COVID and provide a criminal record check, and be able to attend meetings the second and third Tuesdays of the month, except from June to August.

They also assist in the imaging, CT and ultrasound departments, staff the five days a week from 1-3 p.m. and help at fundraisers throughout the year. Swanson did add, however, that “volunteer commitment depends on you” regarding the time people are able to give.

The auxiliary also helps behind the scenes, with their fundraisers having allowed them to donate numerous pieces of equipment and comfort items for local facilities, including a fetal monitor, baby scales, physio equipment, chemo chairs, an echo transducer and much more. They also sponsor the Youth Health Care Volunteers, and provide up to three scholarships for graduates pursuing a career in health care and have provided support for JoeAnna’s House and BC Children’s Hospital.

“We help out where we can,” Swanson said.

Anyone interested in joining the auxiliary, make new friends and learn new skills can contact Swanson at, with more information available online at

Membership dues are $10 a year.

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