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A History of Lady Minto Hospital

Panel: Charles Kahn, Sue Mouat, Karen Davies, Others

Poster for Historical Society presentation on the history of the Lady Minto Hospital
Accession Number Interviewer
Date September 10, 2008
Media digital recording Audio mp3




Speaker 1 0:00
Just a few quick facts about the hospital. The hospital started with lions Beach, who was a doctor in 1930. We give his son we're both doctors Wild West was retiring. And he wanted to see a hospital on the island. And he started working towards it. He was assisted by a group of women known as the guilt of sunshine. And I'm just gonna read something from the book

Speaker 1 0:39
The Guild a sunshine was was created, quote, to unite the sympathy of its members towards helping each other. Our neighbors are used to ships or any other development interests or objects, which may be decided by a majority of its members. That's trying to grab another lives that brings such joy to all. So they were involved in a number of good works, but the hospital was the main thing that they were involved in creating. And they raised a lot of money to pay to the hospital. And they were asked to make wine will be strapped in 1913. And the hospital opens next year 1914 You probably hear if you come next month, probably here but a lot of these women's because they're probably part of the the worst lecture topics are amazing, amazing women, right. And when you start working, however, reading about exhausting history, so much exhausting history are limited. But then so so much history all over the place is submitted. And women are always creating things, working things, making things work, building things, make lots more women are building things back home. So reluctance a lot of a lot of respect for the women. So the hospital was built with donations, government grants to some extent. Both speech Dr. Beech and the guild of sunshine, applied for grants and gotten the hospital was built in 1914, opened in 1914, did open deck three, which was quite an astounding thing. Even in those days, but especially with the today nothing was debt free anymore. And it it was built within just a few months really. So you know, unlike things like our swimming pool, which seems to have taken four years, the hospital hospitals go pretty quickly. So that's, that's the first big thing, then the second thing, big thing in terms of the hospital, it went along for a number of years expanded a little bit, you can still see the buildings because it's now the Community Community Services Center for Ganges Hill. And it's kind of a nice building to go into I'm sure everybody here has been in. And some of the old things that belong to the hospital are still there until they're still done later in the in the walls, you know, that really set things up and down. There's all kinds of hidden things are supposed to be a ghost in there. All kinds of interesting, interesting, interesting things that are part of the original hospital. But the the next big move was in 58, when the current Foster was built. And of course, it wasn't quite the current hospital because it's been added on to as well, but largely the current hospital. And so that's the second second thing. And another amazing woman was largely responsible for that Barbara Hastings, who almost single handedly worked to have that that building built. Then the next big thing I should say that's the hospital was run by a Board of Management volunteers, old timers, a lot of old timers on the island now, you know, pack V, for example, was one of the people on the Board of Management, and they were actually running the hospital. But I understand that the real the real boss, the hospital was the person called matron who in many hospitals would be the Chief Nurse. And I think you probably know more than the matrons, as this presentation goes on. But they were the ones who really managing the hospitals. They were at a time administrators at some point. The ancients were replaced. They were still there, but they were they weren't a hospital administrator hired. But the MSP management board was placed in 9719 97 when hospital care BC was regionalised and you'll hear more about that from people who know a lot more about it than I do. And the volunteer work management was replaced by Vancouver Island health authority, otherwise known as V. And in some people feel that was a good thing and some people feel. And we were really, that's the way it is today. So that's just a little sort of history of the hospital. Just, you know, I would have said more, but we really want you to buy the book. And I don't want to say too much, because that might prevent you from buying the book. So what we're going to do is simply a very loosely organized presentation. And I'm hoping that people who have stories to tell as they become appropriate will raise their hand and say, I've got a story to tell, and we want to hear those stories, especially ones that I haven't managed to put him in the book. This is probably more your story than my story. Because looking at you, I know in Europe, a lot of you were here a lot longer than I was, some of you are born in the in the hospital, or even the Midwest. Most of you were born in the Oakland if you were born here. So we're wanting to hear those stories. Go I'm gonna ask see Lola, who has done an awful lot of research on the hospital say a few things, she has a few stories she'd like to tell. And then we'll move on to some of the other people here who will talk about the development of the hospital and some of the stuff in some aspects of the hospital. And who knows how this is going to turn out. It's not it's not planned in stone. So I'm hoping for some really new new things here. Some new things that I've never heard of. You just pulled it

Speaker 2 6:40
I'm like Charles, I think Why talk about the history when you could buy the book and not only hear all about it, but also help the foundation by but one thing we didn't mention too much that we're now competing for was the administrator. He was very keen to publish a book on the hospital 75th anniversary of the building of the first hospital as a group chaired by Gordon Brown, and I haven't haze and 1980 84

Speaker 2 7:11
gathering some very useful photographs, and then was passed to staff members. Their group was also responsible for a staff reunion held back the old hospital on the hill. Gordon Brown was having health problems at the time, moved to Victoria and the idea was shelved until he approached Charles, I'm not sure and said how about doing a local hospital. And it's now 20 years after the original loss plan. And it came off to look, if you look over a one of the displays, there's a picture of the reunion of some of the old staff members in 1984. And there's whatever we don't recognize, so we'd be happy if somebody could figure out who they were part of the old lady didn't get too much in our book was

Unknown Speaker 8:10
not the nurses home.

Speaker 2 8:13
Originally how some of the staff, cow Kay told me when she was married, she ordered a wedding from the old nurses home that she was living there with two other nurses at the time. The building analogies for a number of things, community of public health, home support, a Foundation office, and meeting room for in service education. And the maxi Charmin which is used sometimes for patients who come from the other islands who need a bath before surgery in the morning. But infrequently is used possibly from an offer or an authorized nurse or doctor didn't make it into the book. When I was working on getting morning in 1946. I realized something was happening while I was swinging this way in that way. And we had our first earthquake that I heard about here that was tragically thinking how I was working with very large elderly patients upstairs, down very narrow stairs. And an idea that would probably take the whole staff which was myself an undergraduate from the kitchen. We have learned that the jubilees during the war and how to lift the patient on a mattress to move. I really didn't think we could do it with less than three of us every night and it was all over so I didn't need to worry because it was a 7.2 earthquake, but it only lasted for about a half a minute that's really all I have to say Charles By the Book and all the rest of this fair. And I just want to introduce Carrie. Sure.

Unknown Speaker 10:13
I think I'd like

Speaker 1 10:14
to say something about the person. pain worse this month was in the hospital. And again, she then read it in a very strong way.

Unknown Speaker 10:31
Careful way.

Unknown Speaker 10:33
She was, she had quite a reputation among moment the way the hospital was run this was one of the most fascinating aspects of the world.

Speaker 2 10:52
Thank you, Chairman Bernanke. Thank you for doing this. I think it's such an important part salts, bringing all this history. And I've only got about six pages. But truly, what I want to do here is when Charles was to ask me if I would say a few words what I call my sister Penny. And of course, when our mother was made for it, she was there for what, 15 or 16 years, and she was 24/7. And so we were trying for seven kids. We didn't see her sometimes for a couple of days. But anyways, I just want to go through some memory words. And if there's anybody here that are nurses, or actually worked in the hospital, Phil Phil diesel trigger making memories. And Kenny sent me a lot of these my mother was Beth Peterson

Unknown Speaker 11:57
No, sir.

Speaker 2 12:01
But she was here, when we when she first important, important, important for when she took over as major and then she or Nelson get to. And then she was instrumental actually here, Barbara Hastings were very good friends. And she's been instrumental in getting into hospital as well. A lot of hours put in there and she was administrator for actually two years going back to that illustration art. And in those days, it was one of the grand in the black. It was there was no get but there was some people in the community donating and I can remember that hospital, hospital and baskets of fruit and vegetables and things being brought into the kitchen. So this this develop anyways. hours. We went all day. This is so you get your sleep, you're in the hospital because you're sick, you're not busy. After lunch, and we all believe I was an age as my sister was and that curtains were closed and everyone thought it was the last night and again the fellows have left and I remember my mum always has to go down and over blanket up from the end of the bed so that their feet can stick up you don't even have to have your feet those flowers were out in the hallway because they can save the room overnight. And I don't assume remember this but we've ever quoted newspapers for the garbage

Unknown Speaker 13:47
and they were getting on the side of your bed

Speaker 2 13:49
and nightmares that night shift sterilizing everything and not much there were too many factions in those days either there were students attending mentioned carmelize was that word when we came to this after like you're treating patients we really cleaned everything.

Unknown Speaker 14:09
Alright, just do that. Okay

Unknown Speaker 14:18

Speaker 2 14:19
we completely wiped everything down, no decimal, no decimals and started porridge in the morning or the morning here and they hit the tracking folder directly to buy or buy folders and get insurance at the end of the hall. Nobody walked into the building. There was a big window at the end of the hall and economics. Remember, they were sitting at the end doing their chart work outside of the operating room. It was about as big as the tabletop there and the entire operating room naked there. Reading stories to tell the good stories

Unknown Speaker 15:05
about that.

Speaker 2 15:07
and Canada camera is a basket of goodies that was kept on your homestead upstairs. Upstairs is sometimes she has to stay overnight if someone was having a baby or a special, somebody who was really sick, she would stay in that room overnight. But the staff that are really good was probably left there by the ladies of the guild or IOD guys. And each were three items to the hospital. And they gave them out to space effects of getting shooting members the lifesavers especially.

Speaker 2 15:51
There's a couple of little things that I just tagged on here. These are the shapes that we used to put on our uniforms, remember, and it's a little garden, we never we always have to have forgotten.

Unknown Speaker 16:12
reflector as you can see,

Speaker 2 16:14
I can navigate via watching over the utility folder media roadway is open around the hospital and the Washington

Unknown Speaker 16:29
open desk.

Speaker 2 16:32
Washington is nice and smells nice to be able to drive. And read the garage Leonard glass sheets and the seats over the pregnancy.

Unknown Speaker 16:46
Because she goes to the new hospital that

Speaker 2 16:49
mum asked them to quality privacy folding door, she's only speaking to such a modern person for a privacy folding door sliding in the living room for nurses in the new this will be in the new residence. So saw that the nurses that were staying there could have privacy

Speaker 2 17:12
they had probably. And as I said before, it was 24/7. And I can also remember we only had two minutes on the telephone to talk and Mike was difficult to get on the telephone. You'd have to get off the phone if you want your phone number comfortable. And another year.

Unknown Speaker 17:44
We were having a concert.

Speaker 2 17:48
And we just come on the stage. And this is Peter. You're monitoring the cell phone. And she didn't see it probably wasn't that important. At the time, you know when your kids

Speaker 3 18:06
hospital came first. Just a few things that

Unknown Speaker 18:12
I don't know what else you want me to say. But that's that's a lot of different. Thanks very much.

Speaker 1 18:26
One of the things that I forgot to mention was talked about how they raise money for the hustle. I'm sure most of you know this was that they sold memberships. So for $6 a year, an adult could be covered for whatever care they needed in the hospital. It was $1 and a half for kids. And there was always campaign to join people up. And that's that was one of the ways they financed that I thought that was kind of an interesting thing, incredibly early insurance policy. But a lot less than what we're paying these days. Although emergency service has also occurred to me that when they were starting the first hospital here some of the meetings may have taken place in this very building because it's sorted. So

Unknown Speaker 19:26
I'd like to introduce

Speaker 1 19:27
Kennedy who has worked in the hospital for a very long time and I've seen an awful lot of changes to the hospital and seeing her in the hospital the day that she's still in the hospital. And Carrie will talk about a few things that are the changes and perhaps Wilson extended care because the hospital's service wasn't just again I was in hospital it was, as called the Gulf Islands hospital. So what do you think? So scheduled as somebody.

Speaker 4 20:15
Thank you for inviting me. The great pleasure to be here. For those of you that don't know, I've recently retired two years ago, and my time at least into hospital, my 33 years there was fabulous. It was, it was a passion with Natick, I loved it, I worked as a general duty nurse, and worked my way up as a hypnotist, to directors and senior administrator and any other type of character throw at me. When I first arrived at an intern in early 73, the new extended care of course, that just opened at that time to doctors clinics here on Saltspring, the next month clinic clinic, I don't know what the folks remember this, but I sure do. If one group of doctors came into the medicine station, because there was not much cooperation collaboration in those days, it was very open like a singer. And at that point, the four doctors worked in isolation over the years that changed dramatically. And it was really great to be a part of it. And 7910 more extended care beds opened. There just wasn't enough for some of our senior citizens here. They also did the business office and the front Katherine side first calculating a jump off of you walk right into the emergency room practically. This is the building. There was no office business offers health records, admitting any of that. The other on memory bikers came. There's a volunteer ambulance crew. And when anyone called the hospital England needed an ambulance, they called nurses at the hospital. So the runners had to call those the volunteers to whomever they have is the main concern for busy animal service to cope with which really ready Arbor because it was really difficult. But I do have one story about my very first nurse escorts transfer off the island. And fortunately, patient was very ill. And the to one of the drivers was, of course, our Undertaker. And the other was one of the local pastors. So we don't limit our patients safely. Mr. Perry coming home so good. He said, Well, we didn't want to offer you my total restaurant. Can you sit Karen, have you ever had a martini? And I said, No. Well, now's a good time because I got the stretch right here. So I

Speaker 4 23:06
used to delight in seeing all the nurses downtown say, oh, Karen, I can recognize you with your clothes on.

Speaker 4 23:19
And some of the 1980s to 90s the healthcare on on the island really came a long way to improve dramatically. We really stepped up to the plate because we had to meet provincial and national standards, there was no technology, sipping a lot of new staff expertise. And we were required to ensure that our staff, both nursing and medical were kept up to date and everything. Our small, updated emergency room was very soon replaced in that timeframe. When I first arrived, the emergency room was at that table. And we had room for one stretcher if you were all swing people. We were very fortunate and receiving some funding from the Ministry and certainly funding from the community. As silly to update our little emergency also appear on Saturdays we started which was called hospital accreditation. And that's still carried on today. And that's a national organization, the Canadian Canadian college of education and its measures hospitals and their staff and their equipments and their standards with every other hospital across the country. So the folks in the East Coast come and monitor and measure and accredit the hospitals on the West Coast and vice versa. So it's a very, it's actually quite exciting and I knew I think in the health care and administration too long My stuff that I enjoyed accreditation because it can be pretty grueling, but we don't really know. So I felt that if we lived up to our standards of daily basis accreditation with nothing, they could come in anytime because we knew what we were doing. We have the current standards. And I can't say enough about the nursing staff. Certainly the hospital board supported us financially in any way they could to ensure that everyone kept up as far as their educational plans. Our first quotation was in the 70s, our last accreditation that I was involved in in 1996, before we became regionalized, we were awarded a three year accreditation, which is a tug of war. And it was actually wonderful that they said, we really hate to say this, but the fact of the matter is, we have no recommendations for me. And that was sort of the first state house. So it was it was really exciting. In 1991, we developed a hospital community congregate care program that was a really dedicated group of nurses and doctors and hospice workers pharmacists to try and develop a program so that we could provide care, good happy to care for people in the hospital or in their homes, and work very hard at getting that off the ground. And in 1997, on our program actually won the John McCreary award seeking in that security state award that has established for its interdisciplinary health. And we were wonderful. And we won the award. Pretty awesome. And over the years, we shared our program with many other small hospitals and communities. Across Canada, it got to a point where we always had our program, at least two copies ready to send off to whoever wants it, kind of what was done. In 1999, again, we were really fortunate to be one of the 10 small hospitals to receive funding to build a psychiatric observation unit. Plus the funding for all South education so that we could care for psychiatric emergencies safely, leaving mental hospital so that was that was also a very real bonus for the island as before that we unfortunately had to to deal with psychiatric emergencies in our emergency department, which was open to everyone and what physical therapy. That was another proposal that we were fortunate we were able to share with the rest of the province mid April 1997, April 1 1997. The government regionalised health care in our province. And we then went from each hospital being autonomous having its own board of directors and its only administrator to run its own business. We all became amalgamated. So we became part of well, there's been several name changes, but the Vancouver Island health story. So in fact, not all of the facilities on four, five and two other things are all part of the Vancouver Island health authority. And we have one CEO or administrator, one board of directors, and each site has a manager. So on April 1, my title became manager all the patient care of us. And that was the time that I really started to do a lot of work on getting animated Panther and they were really struggling to try in some sort of health care and a little emergency room. So with the regionalization of my head work more supportable funding and technology, we were able to set up little emergencies on each one of the islands and that was that was a huge challenge, but was satisfying one we developed a nurse first whole program for the ethical problems so that when the physician had time off, there was a nurse that could cover for him or her so over the years things just carried on and mushroom the or expansion, palliative care suites, all these wonderful things. But Trudel we've always always counted the cost of appropriations to with us at all times, both for support on standard care, but also So providing funding for the hospital in the early 90s. Before regionalization, we, the boards and myself, and senior management decided it was time to pay for the foundation, because all hospitals had foundations. And so we should probably do the same. So we started to develop. You know, obviously, you have to do the rules and regulations in the funding wasn't all those wonderful things first. So we kind of got that a little underway, and started a little foundation kind of off the sides of our desks. And it was a moment for organization, we really managed to do a few things, but we just didn't get much greatness, if we didn't have time, because we had a full time job. So it didn't take long to recognize that we had to have foundation as a separate entity. And Girl Talk a little bit more about the separate entity. So in closing, I just want to say in my 33 years, regardless of the position as

Unknown Speaker 31:05
a gentleman, or the CEO,

Speaker 4 31:09
the staff kindness and compassion of our staff, the medical staff, the nursing staff, always allowed us to have our friendly culture, not sick, and everyone was perfect. And when we didn't have to do lots of discipline. I mean, we all know there's good and bad and we all have to work together. But we always stopped the bleeding into hospitals true. So with that handled, thanks very much.

Unknown Speaker 31:56
I think I should say something

Speaker 1 32:04
super simple. Because you won't buy books. I have to be careful how much information I mean, we're never really involved in the hospital, despite the name. The hospital was was started, largely funded. Some of the funding came from the order nurses. Lady Mandela was the Governor General's wife of the Governor General, Governor General before the meeting started so she wasn't even in Canada at that time, but she happened to be the patroness of returning nurses. And at that time, I can't remember how many 52 Cottage hospitals were started all over the country. And they were all called the mental hospital. So our hospital was called Lady mental Golf I was caught charset that was a divisional name and was remarkably about what she saw the cottage quality possibly feel. So that was very important to me. Thanks for being patient. Bro up the turnover nurses is the organization for the hospital, as well as all of the of the good people who raise money. And that brings us to our next speakers. provisionally Dr. Sunshine that raised money to build a hospital that actually killed at Sunshine was replaced by what was known as the women's familiars. Today is known as the hospital facility which allows some of us man to be members of a team you haven't managed. So that's to go out there right now. Men aren't being price. So we're going to ask Russell, who is the president of the hospital, and Kate moose, who's got a long history with the recipe. And also want to say a few words about what you do and some of your funny stories.

Speaker 2 34:27
Thank you. Good afternoon, everyone. was still charged for me and asked to give a short presentation on the association of the hospital with our military or cost of panic because I have not been a member of the auxiliary software for very long. But thanks to sue, who took me down to the archives I was able to The water among all these papers and have learned a lot. So thank you. It's made me much more knowledgeable, as you'll see, case with me today. And you probably guessed before, we got to introduce that we were here representing the hospital exam release.

Unknown Speaker 35:22

Speaker 2 35:24
somewhat distinctive to say that these cases you will see is a slightly different shade. And when she gets to speak, you know, tells me something about her overall. Very good eyesight, you would notice that on the color of my overall table to case overall, we have little pins. And if you have an exceptionally good eyesight here, which Project Center on their spending on kids. But these payments link both Kay and I, to the very early days of their zero, because of course it says President of my past president of case. And this takes us right back to the first president of the Arizona theory. This is the two initials correct, G. J. Moore, who was elected first president in 1936. Now, I want to look at my notes for some of this information, because I just can't remember all the information. Although the auxiliary was inaugurated in 1996, and became an official society, it doesn't predict that there was an auxiliary to the hospital before. I mentioned that it is made in the Sydney and Gulf Islands review, and also in the hospital more minutes. And I want to just say a little about some of these earlier mentions in Nigel pointy, which recorded in the minutes, that the Secretary be instructed to write all these organizations on the island to fall behind zero. So that seems to be

Unknown Speaker 37:34
the first one of the first mentions

Speaker 2 37:38
of himself. Then 10 years later, in 1930, we reached the hospital board meeting minutes that the auxiliary denies the nuclear stamps, and that the motion was passed to the exhilarating needs more often 1933 or finished record that the annual hospital shower was left in the hands of the suit. And so it would appear that this area of ciliary was somewhat of an ad hoc committee it consisted of members and or wives of board members. And they seem to be responsible for organizing the New Year dances, cafes and hospital shows, as well as doing sewing and mending for the hospital. Then in December of 1933 at a board meeting, and this is good news and Mrs. MP mode reported on the city hospital convention. And they spoke about the benefits of a good working hospital and it was suggested that the existing military be enlarged and that they can be held to organize this opportunity. So this was Julita on January 5 1936 50 Brady's net and Julie poor and the New Zealand visit was quite independent of the hospital door and it was named the lady went to Gulf Islands Women's Hospital. Now, I want to show you something interesting that I found in the archives and she reminded me it's our bibles of the times when there's one or two We are interested in it. But I would like to just be fascinating. First of all, I think I'd like to tell you who those first officers were that were elected. You may actually be related to some of them are immediate known some of them. But the first president was Mrs. G. J. Moore. Her Vice President wasn't Mrs. Johnson, the secretary treasurer, and Mrs. Stones, and the Social Secretary and Mrs. mode. So that's for the first executive. Now, let me read you the first five paths here. Illegally desiring to become a member of this society may do so by paying the annual fee of usually at the back 25 cents now. Our annual fee is $6. To future Now, the interesting thing here for me, was first mentioned in the list of officers for the 19 of 1939. Apart from the officers are mentioned, that was inclusion of an additional secretary, who was the darkness secretary. This problem intrigued me with Dr. Sexton. And I know the doctors when I was a little girl, but that was as far as it went. I knew there was some visual connection. But once again, Sue came to the rescue and was able to tell me that they you don't have a secretary was responsible for the materials to get in the van was organized for sewing and mending. And what it says here in the book, it actually says for her to design, the dog, the Secretary shall report her requirements at each marketing meeting, and offer members approval. The secretary treasurer shall purchase material for sale.

Unknown Speaker 42:36
But it's not until 1979

Speaker 2 42:38
that we actually see a record from 1939 until 1947. As indicates in this book, The Doctor Secretary was in fact the patron and I'm not sure when she goes Yes. I haven't been able to find out at what point is the doctor Secretary became redundant, but we certainly don't have a doctor's certificate where do we go next? I guess I would like to get to have a look at this. This is a list of the very first donations that the observatory made to the hospital pressure instruments addressing wagon linen, bed and clothing trays and electric bow bolster capital along anybody likes to guess what the volleyball wants sorry. No, I'm not.

Unknown Speaker 44:08

Speaker 2 44:11
here we are. It was actually $91 I'm not going to show you 202,007 donation was to the hospital. Serving chair

Unknown Speaker 44:32

Speaker 2 44:34
It should be commodes not just one televisions overbed cables. telethon forgotten. Settling chair is a special kind of chair. Oh, thank you. Yes. Now, anyone like to hazard a guess squat we prepared Call this secondly more than $91

Speaker 2 45:09
particular someone said 100 $106,651.03 per person that are just going to show you one more total and you can perhaps work out what this represents it's an even bigger pockets of money $1,403,579.92 This is the total contribution from 1936 up to 2007. And thanks to our treasurer and last time we were able to get all these figures and chocolate so I think we should be pretty proud of all the women in our auxiliary both past and present. And of course I thought you know who is asking to say a few words because she is one of our oldest members oftentimes of age but in terms of being a member of authority to the cable Jeremy herself. So if you would like to tell us a bit about the caravan itself came into being maybe about your overall

Unknown Speaker 46:53
thrift shop formation

Speaker 3 46:54
itself and it came about because we only use rummage sales to make money for the sillery and we got to the point where the right sales have enormous amounts of staff that hadn't be permitted to look at say it so it was decided that we could go after it but it was needed well initiative really did. She would make at the premises across GPA pretty shaky operation we didn't know

Speaker 3 47:44
so that was 1971. So in 1971, we decided we would shop and once was when the time was we could make $25 a day we cover our expenses in the novel. So we decided to pray for that so that

Speaker 3 48:28
everybody can get paid for their own spot that was

Speaker 3 48:37
the first year we needed to make $140,000 Well, that was pretty good. It just went on and on even to the environments that support of all the members and the members of the community. We just kept laying on the floor so there's still members that sit along again we can hold that oldest surviving and probably

Speaker 3 49:24
was like you the similar he's still going strong in the thrift shop. We have several wonderful members of the sales that went hot in Florida because they were putting polarities. Last John's were one of the biggest contributors sales and get into the lounge John's welcome. was getting that was pretty good fun. And then we have a party after the sale where everybody in steps as well

Speaker 3 50:25
is six foot three man really built and he was wearing a rope week

Unknown Speaker 50:40
just gave you everything was you couldn't buy it. You have to buy it after the sale is over.

Unknown Speaker 50:51
Yeah we're also referencing

Speaker 3 51:06
somebody else that we gave us prices for silk baby notes and

Speaker 3 51:26
anything crazy with the whole point we meet so we had fun still

Unknown Speaker 51:44
around the floor to go back and actually buy everything there. So I was more than just a warming party. So I actually don't remember what I had, I guess.

Speaker 2 52:09
Anyway, I kept the third coat and our cattle used to come over in winter. And I used to wear the third coat in the capital. Of course, it was just a little burden to run away that fertile state there for many, many years. And I actually did return trips probably over 20 years later, I'm sure that somebody can fool for coffee

Speaker 2 52:54
Thank you. I guess let me see. Information on Bobby Kay mentioned this, something that happened prior to the thrift shop opening. But he also has called the hospital bargain d to be held on Saturday, September 16 1967. And I'm replacing small improvement. I notice it says the health assignment option. Some of the things are Kodak movie projector appropriate hot water tank GE has Angelelli sound options are still part of the way we raise some funds. In fact, last week, we just finished having another one. Obviously the thrift shop is our mailing, say for raising the funds to the hospital. But we also have our Christmas sale and I'm using this as our clock here to be held on Saturday, November the first to evening home. So if you want to follow that our contributions to the hospital and I'm not sure I don't think you want to mention that in the showcase. I've got that oh my goodness. The hospital showcase also raises money. And in fact, I found that way back in 1941. There was mention of little convener so we've obviously been involved in knitting goats since then, anyway. So that raises quite a bit to through the years constantly replaced as it was. So one that has already taken place over the last two years since we've taken our soul. We asked for a medal for his career. If you flea market, and this July, we more or less doubled what we took in the previous July. So these are the various ways we make our money. And then of course employed back into the hospital, and the other health care facilities. Certainly participating ECU extended to Gary and green roads, also predicate. And while the vast majority of our members work, and in some capacity at the thrift shop, we have numerous others who are working with these three facilities to in fact, geography is Greenwoods coordinator and also for breaking. She was the metaverse set up special events, special meals, special gifts for birthdays, and special days. And that happens after extended care unit as well. I think through all this, not sure if this goes right back to our original Constitution. But for one purpose, the purpose of the read mental, hospital observability society changed his name in 1974. To that, as Charles said, The woman was dropped. And so when you can be part of it, and we didn't have at least six men, so many of the men here feel that you'd like to join with more than one enemy, the purpose of our society has to contribute to the comfort and welfare of the patients and residents to go out on hospital and the other health care facilities. And I think that during the years from 1936, to the present, we certainly demonstrated

Speaker 1 57:14
you're really interested to the hospital where you can drop your $100 bills into it. But I was actually floored when when I was working on this book and thought about how much money the hospital exhibitors aspirates over the years, they were raising 1000s a year now. It's just incredible. And I was also quite impressed with the amount of fun if people had a book on page 70. All the women he knows there is this course before it was taken by Darren Hardy, he has ways of getting people to look very interesting in photographs. But obviously, as you can tell we've had a lot of fun raising lots of money over the years. So maybe for $6 investment for

Speaker 1 58:31
our last last speaker is not an employee's perspective at the hospital. And this is another side of making room for the for the hospital. And Nora, we were talking with her Ross as well, because he is in the island Nora is as well. I love Stephanie for eight years. It's really nice to see people become involved in things like the Hospital Foundation, or the or the hospital or Historical Society for that matter. It doesn't matter what organization you belong to the volunteers. And Nora Nora has been working for six years now is just any hurt her six year term with the Hospital Foundation and what the foundation does the

Speaker 5 59:27
foundation today is comprised of 12 Board members. That includes representatives from the hospital facility, we have one representative from the hospitals around the border. And we also have a representative from the battlefield medical community. So one doctor, and then we also have a manager of a hospital who sits on the board. So it's a relatively small group of people that puts together the annual fundraising we deal with the support of basically three administrative people, none of which You're full time. So don't get excited to think that we have three full time employees. But they are absolutely indispensable in terms of keeping those masky volunteer on top of things, just pulling back a little bit, we don't have a lot of anecdotes, because we haven't been around for that long. But in nice number two was the formal establishment of the foundation. And the foundation started off with very small fundraisers, including a foul ball, your American fans involved, which was successor to that, and it was the idea of Diana hates what I think is well known has been a really instrumental person in the foundation. And it's one of those three administrative support people that we have. The basketball is been a huge success for us last year, I think it brought in about $60,000. But the great anecdote we have is Diana, great sport, and she and Harvard go out into the community usually involved. And a couple of years ago, they decided they would go up and they went up with masks on. And unfortunately, was not that long after one of the bank robberies, and they went into the Bank of Montreal. Cola great concert, it's wonderfully excellent home.

Speaker 5 1:01:24
furnishings kind of interesting. evolution in the time that I've been involved with this in 2002, the foundation was approached to participate in the capital ascension to the hospital. And this was the upgrading of the operating room. And expansion of that, actually, physical changes were made to the infrastructure of the building to accommodate other activities, but also the development of paddles and chariot. And it really, I think, was a really seminal change in the way that the foundation looked at things. Until then, we have been an organization that focused on annual fundraising putting out money annually for quick wins. But raising over $600,000 really brought our attention to the fact that we have seen pairs to find larger expenditures of the capital nature in terms of plants, and that we could rely on the community to come up with the potential volume of money in any given year. So because of that, we started looking at an endowment, and contributing funds, particularly funds that we received from the class to the endowment. And in doing that, and starting to accrue those funds, we had to formalize our structure more. So one of the things that has happened is that we have a much more formal committee structure with a financial advisor that we use a professional financial advisor, and the current size we end up with is about $2.6 million, which is great because it generates income annually for us to spend. And it's also going to be sort of scary for us and the community. Obviously, it should another large project needs to be funded. Our annual donations are roughly $300,000 At this point, and that doesn't include the class. So I'd love to request that number because they really make our donation numbers go up and down dramatically. For example, the report last week and a half million dollar request one single request for half billion dollars, which put our total donations of over a billion dollars. This year, we got for the year ending March 31st, we got $200,000 in requests. So you can see that our financials can look a little bit of a roller coaster because of the requests. But the requests are just absolutely so critical to building them and downloads and creating a future to the hospital. So they're really wonderful. And we're most appreciative. The largest project that we've taken on wireless, the carrier's been in hospital has had discussions about another large projects. And we are sort of standing by that because it has other distractions, like joint hospital islands. And so we don't know when, when that will come in what form it will take, but we're certainly trying to be prepared for it. The focus of the foundation is on capital, expenditures equipment and plants. And one of the challenges that we're starting to consider is what to do about operating costs. Now, we don't expect that the foundation should be put in a position of funding basic staffing costs, but there are costs that come up from time to time that are not capital costs that contribute to the operation. So one example of that is specialized training. So that's one of the things that's going to be a challenge for us in the future. We'll find where to draw that line between our historical path of sporting capital and a future path of possibly supporting operating

Speaker 1 1:05:14
I'd like to thank the people who helped to set this up. People up here who participate, I forgot to mention reverse doc who was instrumental in coordinating this whole thing for Historical Society, and that sort of thing. And now, a lot of you if you have questions, or if you have any stories to share, I know we've been going for a while. So I'd

Speaker 6 1:05:43
like to add a story about it. I remember the party. I was quite conservative dressed, but I think must have been at Sarris Russians. But the reason I wanted to mention that really was because it was as I remember, I hope by but this seems to be his costume involves a Red Cross and some kind of Brazil

Unknown Speaker 1:06:23
thanks for sharing that

Speaker 1 1:06:26
character and many stories in the book, which I won't say now because

Unknown Speaker 1:06:36
the other questions are sort of like a ship

Speaker 2 1:06:43
story, and it's not actually involving the hospital. He was coming out, victorious, driving the curse you know,

Speaker 5 1:06:57
ordinary speed on the highway, and he was rear ended by a rather intoxicating weapon, and they pulled over to the side of the road weights.

Speaker 6 1:07:42
To play more, my first trip to ladies Hospital. Hospital was July

Speaker 3 1:07:55
28 1935, at 5am help

Speaker 6 1:08:03
of our staff doctors, this was my first trip to the mental hospital. like eight years later, me and a friend and a Rick decided at the hospital and you want to know also, Dr. Dixon was made when I was going to work at working principal, Dr. Gibson. He told me that he heard of this little tiny bite down on some of my soul. That's great. So we'll find out and have a look. So we got the American Airlines. We have St. Pat's. Anyhow, he looked into

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Speaker 6 1:09:16
six months later, my mother in law phoned me up and said where did you find this doctor? Doctor

Speaker 6 1:09:36
sister having lunch at the golf course today?

Unknown Speaker 1:09:43
We're coming

Unknown Speaker 1:09:45
with her coming up here.

Speaker 6 1:09:48
And he said, Oh, yeah. Beth Peterson, your mother. She gets the matron. Sorry. Nobody else knows that. There Our office is a double digit attendance rate and the conversion numbers in the hospital and their minor was there just two or three times missing so Doctor monitors smoking cigarettes in half is the following. And anyhow for season two so the wrong job on on Peterson that's my my bad times.

Unknown Speaker 1:10:36
But it is so

Speaker 6 1:10:42
true story. And there's another story in the book and pushing the book here about Dr. Francis dropping and you can find that thank you very much

Unknown Speaker 1:11:02
coffee and tea.

Unknown Speaker 1:11:04
Thank you very much for coming.