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Hospital auxiliary area representative Mrs. Lenore Pratt of Langley (left) congratulates Barb McLoughlin, new president of the Women’s Auxiliary to the MSA General Hospital. The purchase of an 11-passenger wheel chair bus was the highlight of the activities of the Women’s auxiliary to the MSA General Hospital for the past year. This was contained in the annual report given by retiring president Avril King at the annual meeting of the auxiliary, Monday, January 15, 1979. Delivery of the bus last September, with its operation beginning by the end of September, was the result of several years of planning and investigations of types of buses in order to eventually obtain the most suitable possible. Cost of the bus was just over $21,000 with the Bradner-Aberdeen auxiliary assisting with the purchase. The bus was primarily used by patients of the Matsqui-Abbotsford area, but was rented out to other hospitals as availability permits. The bus enabled residents of The Cottage, the extended care unit of the hospital, to enjoy a variety of outings that would otherwise be impossible for them. At the time of this photo, the Mission hospital was also renting the bus, and it was hoped that other valley hospitals would also make use of it. Marj Woods was in charge of renting arrangements as well as arranging for the general maintenance of the bus and its service, as well as the hiring of drivers. Special guest at the annual meeting was Mrs. Lenore Pratt of Langley, hospital auxiliary area representative. She installed the 1979 executive in the traditional candle light ceremony. Barb McLoughlin headed the auxiliary as president and serving with her are first vice president Rey Riches, second vice president Sandy McLean, secretary Jenny Lou Linley and treasurer Marilyn Goodwin. Chief committee heads for the coming year include Joan Jones as way and means chairman, Helen Matthews, shop manager, May Sewell, shop treasurer, Edna Kinnear, knitting, Sandy McLean, candy stripers and Marj Woods, wheel chairs bus. Jean MacFarlane is the auxiliary’s representative to the Board of Directors. The Auxiliary continued to be an active group both in raising funds for hospital equipment and in volunteer services provided, annual reports indicated. Chief money-raising events were the annual spring fashion show, the annual tag day, an extremely successful bazaar held the previous November, and proceeds from the gift shop located in the main lobby of the hospital. Many hours of volunteer work were undertaken by members, and some of these included the sponsoring of the Candy Striper program which involved high school girls donating several hours each week to volunteer work in both the acute care hospital and the extended care. Other services performed by the approximately 70 members included in-service hostessing, extended care service, work on the pediatric floor and manning the gift shop.