InitiativesOur involvement in the Community
The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop sells donated goods in order to generate revenue for health care donations in our community.
The Thrift Shop not only provides an economical shopping opportunity, but also a place for people in the area to recycle clothing and household goods, thus keeping them out of the landfill.
Meals on Wheels
Meals on Wheels provides a hot meal, three times per week, at a nominal cost, to home-bound people in the community including seniors, individuals with chronic medical conditions, and individuals recovering from surgery, illness, or injury.
Meals are prepared at the Chemainus Health Care Centre and delivered by CHCA volunteers, who also informally check on the safety and well being of the meal recipients.
Anyone requiring meals should call Esther Craig with a request for an interview at 250-246-2422.
CHCA volunteers provide coffee, tea, or juice and an assortment of snacks to the residents of the Chemainus Health Care Centre five afternoons per week. The residents look forward to this afternoon tea service and the chance to visit and share a smile with the volunteers.
Gift and Tuck Shop
CHCA volunteers supply and maintain a Tuck Shop at the Chemainus Health Care Centre, which provides the residents with snacks and other small essential comfort items.
In addition, welcome bags are made for new residents, and birthday cards and Christmas gift bags are given to each resident.
CHCA sponsors and trains youth in Grades 9 through 12 who are interested in volunteering at the Chemainus Health Care Centre. Their main contribution is socializing with the residents and, at the same time, improving their own communication skills. Students work with the activities team doing puzzles, reading, playing checkers or dominoes with the residents. They also assist the nursing staff with portering residents to the dining room and helping set the dinner tables.
Students may apply to become a Candy Striper in September through the guidance counsellor at Chemainus Secondary School. Students are required to have a current flu shot and a uniform is provided. An Orientation session lets them know what they will learn, what is expected of them, and important safety rules. It is expected that Candy Stripers will commit at least two hours per week volunteering at the Chemainus Health Care Centre.
Students have an opportunity to achieve the volunteer hours needed in order to graduate, learn how to organize workload around the needs of the residents and staff, and improve communication skills.
Candy Stripers who go on to a healthcare related careers are given special consideration when applying for CHCA bursaries upon graduation.
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, the Candy Striper program will not be offered for the 2020/21 year due to COVID-19.
Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary awards three $5000 bursaries to graduating students who have completed 100 hours of volunteer service, and are pursuing a career in the healthcare field. The Bursary committee reviews all applications, ensuring that specific criteria has been met before making their decisions. Awards are presented at the graduation ceremonies.
Bursary applications are made through the Chemainus Secondary High School Guidance Department.
See the recipients of the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Bursaries for 2019/20 in the Chemainus Valley Courier article.