The Auxiliary at one time gave a small scholarship to a student in the medical field. Then they stopped because there was no connection between the Auxiliary and the recipient.
Recently, Karen Whyte of Camosun approached us and we worked out an agreement, whereby the Auxiliary will give a cash award to a student who excelled in clinics at Vic General and one who had not graduated. The goal was to actually make contact with the recipient.
It worked really well for the first time out. Our award was the only one under the heading Health & Human Services and President Val Smith personally presented the award to a student from Metchosin who will graduate in the Spring. Kelsey Rowe was exceedingly grateful and gave us a lovely thank you card which read "A big thank you...A little thank you didn't seem like enough" and Kelsey added, "I would like to thank yu so much for honouring me with the VGH Clinical Practice Award! This is a great honour. I truly appreciate it! Thank you."
Camosun had the ceremony in their brand new Trades Building with about 50 recipients and the donors. It started with a welcome and an appie buffet from the Culinary Department led by Chef Steve Walker-Duncan. Then we were encouraged to roam about and locate our recipient and meet her. She was with her parents, and had taken time out of her radiology clinic at the hospital to attend.
The presentations were divided into sections, like Nursing and Dentistry, and the head of each section called up the donors to present the certificates.
They had a photo location with backdrop and huge cake so you could take pictures too.
A grateful student and a pleasant afternoon.
Val Smith, President