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  • Writer's pictureLorna Hamilton

Cornerstone Co-op Liquor Fundraiser BBQ


Back row from left, Friends of Vermilion Health Centre representatives Kathy Beckett, Donna Moon, Cornerstone Co-op Liquor employee Bobbi-Jo Sweeney. Front row from left, Friends of Vermilion Health Centre representatives Barb Snelgrove, Linda Sherwood, Cornerstone Co-op employees Erin Roska, and Keith Nelson. Photo Lorna Hamilton

On September 7 Cornerstone Co-op Liquor held a fundraising BBQ to aid the Friends of Vermilion Health Centre from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Under partly cloudy, rainy, and then sunny weather conditions members of the Cornerstone Co-op and Friends of Vermilion Health Centre gathered to prepare and serve up hotdogs, hamburgers, and cheeseburgers to those who stopped by to support the fundraiser.

“We would like to say a big thank you to the ladies of the Friends of Vermilion Health Centre organization for coming out to help us with the BBQ. We decided to give the proceeds of the BBQ to this organization to help them continue the wonderful work they do for the Health Centre and Long-term Care,” said Bobbi-Jo Sweeney.

Friends of Vermilion Health Centre volunteers were also on hand to provide information on the organization and the equipment they have purchased and proposing to purchase in the future. The group was also selling their Cash Raffle Tickets.

The Friends of Vermilion Health Centre is a dedicated group of individuals committed to enhancing patient care. Known for their relentless efforts in fundraising, the group has played a significant role in procuring essential equipment for the local Hospital and Long Term Care facility.

The Friends of Vermilion Health Centre was established with a noble mission in mind: to raise funds through public donations, suppers, baseball tournaments, and various other events. In 1994, the group received recognition as a Registered Charitable Organization, solidifying its commitment to supporting local healthcare.

The impact of the Friends’ fundraising endeavors can be seen in the extensive list of equipment they have been able to provide over the years. From specialized endoscopic equipment for bladder, urinary tract, stomach, esophagus, and bowel procedures to equipment for minor orthopedic and general surgeries, they have left no stone unturned in their mission to enhance healthcare facilities in Vermilion. Notably, their collaboration with the local Rotary Club and CNRL Energy resulted in the construction of a delightful Gazebo in the Long Term Care courtyard, providing a peaceful haven for residents and their families.

Furthermore, the Friends of Vermilion Health Centre have made significant contributions to patient comfort and safety. With overhead track lifts for patient transfers, alternating pressure mattresses to prevent skin breakdown, and the innovative MotoMed exercise machine. The group has also facilitated the acquisition of portable patient lifts for both the Hospital and Long Term Care, further enhancing patient care.

Their commitment to meeting the unique needs of patients is evident through their purchase of an Ambient Activity Board for residents with dementia, as well as a Bariatric commode chair to aid heavier patients and residents.

If you would like to purchase a ticket, tickets will also be available at the Vermilion Farmers’ Market and Fantasy Flowers, or can be obtained from any Friends member. Additional information and ticket purchases can be made by calling 780-853-0856.

“We would like to thank Cornerstone Co-op for the support they have shown for the Friends of Vermilion Health Centre organization. We appreciate all they have done for us here today,” said Kathy Beckett.

During the BBQ attendees also had the opportunity to do a tasting of the Ole Smoky Pecan Moonshine and Mazul Banana or Chocolate Tequila as well as put their name in for a chance to win A Simply Lemonade Beer Pong Table or a White Claw Cooler.

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