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The OASIS Before

This is the way the 3North rooftop looked in 2015.  The Auxiliary is creating an OASIS for visitors, patients, staff, and volunteers to enjoy.

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Plants cheer up cafeteria

New plants add to the relaxed atmosphere of the VGH cafeteria.

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This is a letter sent to explain the OASIS project.  Please refer people to it or print it out and deliver it to anyone you think might care.

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About us

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We are the Auxiliary of the Victoria General Hospital -- a diverse group of women and men dedicated to raising money to purchase equipment and amenities for the Victoria General Hospital.  The Auxiliary is separately chartered with its own Constitution.  Canadian charity #888879392RR0001AUX4 Medium

The Auxiliary since 1983

Way back then.....

Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary was founded at the opening of the hospital in the 80s and charter members still participate.  Its mandate is to be a fund-raiser for the hospital to purchase equipment and amenities each year.  It started with a project to provide car seats for the new-borns, building the helipad, buying the front doors, and to date over three million dollars has been raised and spent.  Here are a few members using the benches provided by the Auxiliary.AUX5 Medium

Back then women, with an interest in medicine and often with time on their hands too, worked very hard to create the shop in the hospital concourse.  It is still a huge success, providing hundreds  of thousands of dollars annually for the Auxiliary to spend. 

The shop, chocolate, and sales

Currently the membership stands at just under a hundred working and retired women and men about half of whom who run the shop completely without paid help.The main source of revenue is the concourse shop. 

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The shop has amazing buyers; you will find the expected toiletries, candies, slippers, and magazines, but also fashions, stuffed animals, home decor items, books, babywear, and much more.  It's a great place to buy gifts for patients, for holidays, for yourself.

The staff are the best customers, along with the patients, the volunteers, and the visitors.

It's all-volunteer, so everything goes to fund-raising.  Buyers, cashiers, display experts, money managers -- all have a place in the shop.  Here's a pic from the good old days!

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Purdy's chocolates are sold on the concourse.

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Sales of new and nearly-new items and used books occur regularly, too.

On the way to the shop is a huge decal explaining how the Auxiliary and hospital work together.

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Poinsettias for Patients

Poinsettias for Patients started in 2010 and each year excellent plants are sold for Christmas.  Grown at Hilltop Greenhouses (just up behind the hospital), the Auxiliary pockets revenues from half the sales made and uses it for a particular project each year.

We have provided needed items including a very expensive and complicated stretcher for Emergency, a treadmill, things for premie babies like a Bilirubin meter and many Biliblankets. In 2020 the Auxiliary concentrated on renovating the ambulatory lab.  It's the place where the public comes for blood drawing and other tests, but, most importantly, it's the place where children usually have to get their blood work done.  The outside labs prefer not to treat kids, so a lot end up at the CFAU at 2 North in the hospital. IMG 1210 Small The lab has been pretty much the same for over 3 decades and it is in need of help.  The Poinsettias for Patients campaign is putting its revenues into improving the room where kids have to get their blood taken.  The 2 things to start with for that room is a mural decal to create a better mood in the room, painted by known local professional artist Marcela Strasdas and her colleagues.  The other part in distracting and calming kids is Virtual Reality.  If you have every tried a VR headset, you know how it transports you to another life instantly.  The Auxiliary has bought 3 sets -- one for little kids, one for bigger kids, and one for autistic kids who don't want surprises.

Poinsettias in various sizes and colours, as well as other plants and planters are great decorating items.  They are sold to businesses, clubs, churches, and individuals for public places, for gifts, and for homes.  They make fabulous seasonal presents as well as corporate gifts.  Recently we have introduced a doubly charitable item:  Besides buying an item to benefit the hospital, Poinsettia Santas have been given to patients stuck in hospital over the holidays, an anonymous gift of a poinsettia for their rooms, and poinsettias have been given to many front line workers.  Buyers of Christmas plants often add Santa donations to their orders.  In previous years, Poinsettia Santa provided hospitalized patients with a poinsetta.  Last year we had FrontLine Santa and gave 3 departments of front line workers poinsettias for Christmans.   This year it will be Security and Emergency Room workers who get the gifts.  Last year dozens of you donated plants to give anonymously. For $20 we will give an anonymous poinsettia to express your appreciation.

Poinsettia profits will go to creating The Kid Kave -- a waiting room adjacent to the Emergency waiting room, specifically for children, complete with a mural painted by local well known artists..

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The Auxiliary knitters provide the Shop with baby layettes, caps,  booties, etc..  Knitter are provided with the wool and patterns.

The first baby of the New Year at the hospital is presented a complete knitted layette, and recipients are always very pleased for the "old-fashioned" gesture.



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The Oasis is the transformation of the rooftop at 3 North into a place to relax or pace, for patients, visitors, volunteers, and staff.

The huge area had been intended for a playground, but it remained largely unused for three decades.  The Site Director took the Auxiliary President by the hand and showed it to her, asking if we thought it would be something the Auxiliary might want to improve for Island Health.  It started many discussions, and in the end the membership stood behind it, because it would benefit everyone.  The principal contributor was the Quality Foods in the newly built Eagle Creek Shopping plaza across the street. Others helped to with direct donations and donations in kind from printers to landscapers to the general public.

The Oasis was built to withstand the wind and provide seating and a little shade for under $100,000.  You see patients eating lunch with their families, staff grabbing 5 minutes, etc..  The hospital uses it for their staff and volunteer barbecue and other events.

Indoor plants

Island Health decorated the concourse and cafeteria with indoor plants, but they ran into budget difficulties and could not really afford plants anymore.  Also it is hard to stop people from "looking after" plants, which usually results in massive over-watering.

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Wishlist items

Annually the Auxiliary receives a list of items deemed to be necessary for the hospital.IMG 3460 Small

Items on the list, or special items specifically requested (like the Oasis or CFAU lab) are chosen and paid for by the Auxiliary, usually to the tune of $100,000 - $200,000, depending on revenues.VGHA Banner Stand Medium

There is a huge retractable poster naming most of the items in the first 30 years, and it goes on.  Some of the more visible Auxiliary items are the concourse furniture, the benches outdoors, and pushchairs.

Public WiFi

In the dim and distant past of the last century the internet and intranet arrived at Vic General, but only for Island Health.  "Not enough bandwidth", they said.  "Privacy" too.  Patients, visitors, and volunteers were on the outside peering greedily in. 

Then along came Auxiliary member Carolyn Haines.  Stuck in hospital for a protracted time, she built up a head of steam.  Telephones were very expensive to rent and not everyone had  smart phones.  She the Auxiliary nagged and whined and pushed.  Coincidentally, the provider gained the ability to have a broader band and the ability to have "business" WiFi meant that public WiFi was possible -- the only thing standing the way was, of course, money.  Enter the Auxiliary, who finances the public Wifi that everyone can use in the hospital, and the world changed....at least for the patients.

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Want to work in retail, recording-keeping, planning? 

Cheap to join and important and fun. 

Please look on the website www.VGHA.ca, or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., or come by the hospital shop to pick up an application.

It's a good place to make new friends.

Canadian charity #888879392RR0001

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CONVENOR, Sunshine

Carolyn Haines -- Director, Sunshine

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K2 News

Jocelyne Andree Manning

September 14, 1931 – September 11, 2021

Bears for kids

Shop gives bears to kids.

Poinsettias In The News!!

Times Colonist, Oct. 2020 Believe it or not, Christmas is just around the corner. You will soon be able to order holiday plants from the Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary’s annual…

Poinsettia sales fund Out-patient improvements

The Victoria General Hospital Auxiliary is pleased to announce they have purchased three Virtual Reality headsets and a mural the CFAU at Victoria General Hospital. 

The Auxiliary since 1983

The Auxiliary since 1983


Andrews inheritance


Val Smith, erstwhile President, and Howard and his sox were thanked for over 15 years of volunteer service to the Auxiliary.

BBQ 50/50 nets $500+

Many volunteers helped sell 50/50 tickets at the Staff & Volunteer BBQ June 27th.

Alzheimer Helpline

FIRST LINK is your link to dementia support.

Can you hear me?

OK, so maybe they didn't include the drum kit but... 

At last! Free Wifi for all of us

The Auxiliary is picking up the tab for Wifi.

Leah Hollins, IH Chair, presents award, joins Auxiliary

Leah Hollins presented an award of appreciation and gratitude at the Auxiliary’s annual general meeting Tuesday June 19th.

Staff & Volunteer BBQ nets Auxiliary $400

There were 50/50 tickets and cake

The Auxiliary Wall

Our new decal gets installed.

Emerge giddy with gratitude

Dr. Hooker & all of the Emergency Department are thrilled to acquire an Intubation Scope.

Saanich Police advise -- don't send money to someone on the phone.

If you sent your money in response to a phone call or an email, you can probably kiss it good-bye forever.

Auxiliary wins excellence in volunteering award from Island Health

Dozens of Victoria General Managers headed by Site Director Deborah Cracknell and accompanied by Hospital Director Mark Blandford crowded into the Auxiliary Annual General Meeting June 20th.

Write a will

We all ponder the future.  With some reluctance we think about what will happen.  Have we prepared?

Welcome to the Oasis

Oasis@3North:  A project of the AUXILIARY

Oasis Grand Opening

Her Honour Judith Guichon, Lieutenant Governor of all British Columbians opens Oasis@3North: A project of the AUXILIARY Image Gallery

Oasis Journal, June 2016

Work began a June 2016 on the Oasis@3North.

The OASIS Before

This is the way the 3North rooftop looked in 2015.  The Auxiliary is creating an OASIS for visitors, patients, staff, and volunteers to enjoy.

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Care & feeding of your new family member

Do you want to know how to take care of your new poinsettia?  Then you need to understand where they come from.

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Help us get orders for Christmas 2021

This year the hospital Auxiliary will create a special waiting room in Emergency call The Kid Kave.  In the past, with the help of the Victoria Hospitals Foundation, the Vic General Auxiliary has purchased a $7,500 blanket warmer for our babies, an $11,000 stretcher for Emergency, a $7,000 treadmill for Neuro Rehab, Biliblankets and a Bilirubin meter for jaundiced premies, improved the room in the ambulatory lab for children with Virtual Reality, a mobile, and a mural painted by local artists. The way we paid for them is by selling Christmas plants.

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CONVENOR, Concourse Sales

Donna McTaggart -- Concourse chocolate sales convenor

Named by the Shop Convenor to serve at her/his pleasure.  The Buyer shall plan and supervise sales in the concourse.


Purdy’s chocolates are stored separately under lock and key.

The seller sets up.  When finished, return float money to the locked drawer and follow instructions for closing.


Regular checks by convenor to check if bars need to be ordered. Inventory at the end of March each year.


Convenor to make regular requests at monthly meetings for new sales staff.


The money made from the bars is Auxiliary money not shop money.

The convenor orders the bars.

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