Where the money goes that is raised by the Gabriola Auxiliary for Island Health Care

Annette Sweeney

For the Gabriola Auxiliary for Island Health Care

Wednesday, April 10 2019

While some think it all goes to our clinic, only $16,500 has gone to the Health Care Foundation to help finance upgrades to the reception area, the communications network and to purchase equipment. The rest of the $130,000 raised by the Auxiliary since 2012 has gone to help local non-profit societies bring much needed health related programming to Gabriola.

Since 2012 People for a Healthy Community has received $26,000 for its Seniors Stepping Up, Stepping Out program, $1250 as emergency funding specifically for our local Social Worker and $4000 to help support a variety of other health related programs. The Gabriola Arts Council has received $14,640 for the Healing Power of Art Program.  

To help provide mental health support on the Island, the Auxiliary has provided $800 to the Compassionate Connections initiative and the Rainbow program for children experiencing the loss of a loved one received $570 to purchase journals, workbooks and snacks for the children.   

The Auxiliary has also donated $2750 to our school Parent Advisory Council for its Sex Education Program, $14,000 to the Hope Centre for its Early Years Programming and $1890 to the Commons for its Community Kitchen and Soup Stock Program.  Over $5000 has gone to our Community Bus Foundation to support the bus subsidy program and more than $6000 has gone to lay the foundation for the Gabriola Housing Society. 

In addition, a $1000 scholarship goes every year to a Gabriola student going into post secondary education in a health-related field.

The Auxiliary has also provided funds  for many other one-time initiatives and some emergency assistance when deemed  necessary.

So, your support for the Auxiliary automatically helps so many other local organizations and we thank you for that.