Who We Are
The smile that greets you at the door; a helping hand in the Day Surgery clinic; a cheerful presence as you browse the Little Treasure Shop...all of these and more are the faces of Northumberland Hills Hospital volunteers.
Northumberland Hills Hospital is the proud home of one of the most active hospital auxiliaries in the province. This Auxiliary is a volunteer organization dedicated to enhancing the patient care provided by the Northumberland Hills Hospital. For more than 86 years, we have been helping to deliver quality health care in west Northumberland.
With over 400 members of all ages, the Northumberland Hills Hospital Auxiliary contributes thousands of hours of service to the hospital each year. Of our total membership, we have approximately 350 active members, 50 associate members and 22 lifetime members - all of whom are strongly dedicated to maintaining our proud tradition.
President: Gayle Metson
Vice President: Kathy O'Malley Hamilton
Past President: Patricia Fenner
Director, Finance: Laura Scrivener
Director, Inpatient Care: Pat Page Hoisak
Director, Ambulatory Care: Margaret Hilborn
Director, Communications and Public Relations: vacant
Director, Volunteers: Sandra Ducharme
Director, Fund Raising: Selena Forsyth
Where We're Active
NHH Auxiliary volunteers support the Hospital in two primary areas: patient services and fundraising.
The welcoming face of the hospital, the Inquiry Desk is located on the first floor, immediately inside the hospital's main entrance. This desk is exclusively staffed by volunteers, who use a directional map and individual map cards to assist patients and visitors with hospital wayfinding.
Auxiliary volunteers provide support in many NHH clinics, including: Admitting, CT, Cardiology, Chemotherapy, Day Surgery, Dialysis, ER/Fast Track, Lab Support, Women's Health.
Auxiliary volunteers also provide support to NHH's inpatient units, including: Medical/Surgical Units, Maternal/Child Care, Rehab/Complex Care, Palliative Care.
Little Treasure Shop:
The Little Treasure Shop is operated by the NHH Auxiliary. Gifts, baby and toddler clothes, toys, cards, magazines and confections may be purchased from the Gift Shop located on the first floor, near the main entrance of the hospital. The Shop is open seven days a week, Monday to Thursday 9AM-8PM, Friday 9AM-5PM, and weekends 1PM-4PM.
Petticoat Lane is a volunteer-run thrift shop, located at 25 Munroe Street (behind the beer shop - Division/Munroe Streets) in Cobourg. Open Monday to Saturday, 10AM-4PM and Thursday, 10AM- 7PM, Petticoat Lane accepts gently used clothing for the whole family, shoes, household linens, jewellery, and small decorative items, e.g. lamps. We do not accept electronic goods.
The H.E.L.P.P. Lottery desk is located in the front entrance of the hospital, across from the Inquiry Desk. Tickets are sold Monday to Friday, 9AM-3PM and Saturday and Sunday, 2PM-4PM.
A dedicated group of crafters works at home and in the Volunteer Room on Tuesdays, producing hand-made items for sale at the hospital. Sweaters, quilts and baby clothes are just few of the beautiful pieces visitors may purchase at the Crafters' table beside the Main Street Bistro on the first floor.
Annual Fundraising Events
The top Auxiliary fundraiser, the Poinsettia Tea is held in November at the Best Western Inn and Convention Centre. Guests at this event enjoy tasty treats along with their tea (or wine to be had from the bar) and entertainment that changes annually. Guests do not leave this event empty-handed! Lucky winners of the raffle leave with fabulous prizes and each guest receives a beautiful poinsettia.
Every fall, NHH volunteers take to the streets for the annual Tag Days fundraiser. For two days, they collect donations outside of malls and businesses in Cobourg and Port Hope.
Wine Tasting in the Park:
An annual event launched in the summer of 2007, the Wine Tasting in the Park ushers in Waterfront Weekend at the picturesque Victoria Park in downtown Cobourg. The event boasts lively music, excellent food and fine wines to sample. Funds are raised through ticket sales, draws and a silent auction
Polar Bear Swim:
Initiated in 2008, the Polar Bear Swim in Cobourg’s frosty Heritage Harbour has become a popular winter tradition for the community. With a surprisingly high number of hospital staff, physicians and community members eager to plunge into the frigid waters of Lake Ontario for a good cause, it’s an event that has become an annual tradition! Funds are raised through pledges to the brave “dippers.”