FALL 2021 ISSUE NO. 87

President's Message - Picking up the Pieces & Moving Forward ~ August 2021

I put off writing this article for our next newsletter, hoping that the events unfolding around us all would improve but that was not to be. When Dr. Henry moved us into Step 3 on July 1st of the provincial reopening plan, we all had high hopes of a return to a more normal life.


Volunteers - Vaccinate or Not Vaccinated

BCAHA has had several inquiries from concerned member Auxiliaries about whether or not they should require all the volunteers to be vaccinated. Unfortunately there are not straight forward answers but BCAHA can make some recommendations for your Auxiliary.

If you have volunteers in a Healthcare Facility i.e. Hospital or Residential Care unit they are governed by your Health Authority. The question is more for volunteers in stand-alone sites like Thrift Stores.


BCAHA Webpage News

The BCAHA Executive had a meeting back in January 2021 with SparkJoy our website manager about doing some additions to our website to make it easier for our British Columbia Member Auxiliaries to be more visible as well there had to be some updates too. 


It's a Website Contest!

BCAHA is very pleased to announce the Soft Launch of our New website.
We encourage you all to check it out and send us your feedback – negative or positive.
We have hidden a Foxy Icon in the website and we are offering a prize to the first member who contacts our president Diane at ten.sulet@ttolligl and tells her exactly where it is!!
Prize of $ 50.00 for the member
Prize of $ 50.00 for the winning member’s auxiliary
Deadline for entering is Sept 30th 2021 or first correct reply.


Area Conferences Around the Province


Fraser Valley


BCAHA Kamloops Conference April 3-6, 2022

THEME: “75 + 1 Year Together”
DATE: Sunday April 3 to Wednesday April 5 2022
PACKAGE DETAILS: Coming in January 2022
REGISTRATION FEE: Coming in January 2022
ADDRESS: Coast Kamloops Hotel and Convention Center ~ 1250 Rogers Way, Kamloops B.C.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER: Ms Janice Otembra ~ ”Sharing the Sandbox”

(Image from 2018 Conference)

Green Bag Photo Contest


Remember the Green Bag Photo Contest? We never did get to see all the great pictures of where our Green Bag got to – all over the world before Covid. I still have the pictures and I will bring them to Kamloops for our popular Photo Contest.

We are adding another category. Our Green Bag and Covid.


Moving Forward Despite the Pandemic

In Prince George – Since they couldn’t work inside, they worked outside!!



Sidelined But Not Defeated in Squamish

Accomplishments of Mission Health Care Auxiliary during the Pandemic

New Emergency Ward Completed Amid Pandemic in Langley

Kootenay Boundary Auxiliaries raise funds for a new Emergency Department

Halfmoon Bay Auxiliary on the Sunshine Coast

Abbotsford Auxiliary in the Lower Mainland

St. Bartholomew's Healthcare Auxiliary


BCAHA Bursary News

The 2022 Application is on the BCAHA webpage with the deadline date:

May 15th, 2022.

History: The Tribute Fund was established by Mrs. V Sharp at the Pre-Conference Committee Meeting in 1991 with $1,000.00 taken from the Provincial Education Fund. Member auxiliaries were encouraged to make contributions to the fund as a way to ‘Pay Tribute To’ or commemorate their auxiliary members for exemplary service.


BCAHA News submissions and suggestions are most welcome. 

Please contact 604-904-8765 or

Diane Thornton
BCAHA President
Cheryl Fry
BCAHA Dir. of Communications
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