Canada Flag to Fly at Half-Mast at NHH in Honour of Active and Former Auxiliary Volunteers Who Passed Away in 2022/23

In Community, Local

The Canada flag outside the main entrance at Northumberland Hills Hospital (NHH) will fly at half-mast today, September 27, in honour of the active and former NHH Auxiliary volunteers
known to have passed away over the last year.

Coordinated in conjunction with the Auxiliary’s Annual Meeting, also held today, this annual tradition recognizes the exceptional commitment of Auxiliary volunteers throughout the hospital.

In the last full year for which volunteer hours are available (2022), Auxiliary members collectively contributed 23,236 hours of time within NHH and are on-track to exceed that amount in 2023.

Auxiliary volunteers greet patients as they entered, support wayfinding, deliver water to patient rooms, offer a comforting voice in the Emergency Department, serve customers in the Little Treasure Shop gift shop inside the main entrance, and sort and sell gently used items donated to their community thrift shop, Petticoat Lane, to support the hospital’s capital equipment needs.

“As the NHH Auxiliary prepares to celebrate 100 years of service, it’s important to honour the many dedicated individuals, both past and present, whose volunteerism has supported our hospital teams in delivering quality, compassionate care,” said Susan Walsh, NHH President and CEO.

“Many Auxiliary roles were impacted as a result of the prolonged pandemic, but the Auxiliary’s commitment to NHH and generosity of spirit has not dimmed. Now, in 2023, you are returning stronger than ever. On behalf of everyone at NHH, thank you for all you do for NHH and the patients and families we serve. Today, we join the NHH Auxiliary members in fondly remembering 23 individuals with gratitude for their service to this community.”

Deceased Auxiliary Members – 2022-2023
Mildred May (Mim) Hadden (past President) 1994-2013: 19 years July 10, 2022

Gayle Metson (past President) 2006-2022: 16 years November 8, 2022

Sadie Weedon 2001-2023: 22 years June 27, 2023
We also remember the following past Auxiliary members who died this year. They are:

Name Years of Service Date Deceased

William Reid Hagemeyer 2003-2009: 6 years August 2, 2022

Leona McAleer 2004-2010: 6 years August 11, 2022

Karen Joan Rutherford 2008-2012: 4 years August 16, 2022

Lena “Louise” Davis 2008-2012: 4 years September 4, 2022

Beverly Beatrice McConvey 1987-2009: 22 years September 14, 2022

Sally Mae Lowrey 2008-2012: 4 years September 23, 2022

Doris Isabel Vout 1996-2010: 14 years September 24, 2022

Ronald (Ron) Douglas Flindall 2015-2016: 1 year October 5, 2022

Marilyn Margaret Gabovic 2006-2019: 13 years December 2, 2022

Irene Bertram Grant 1999-2016: 17 years December 3, 2022

Richard Allan Hoffman 2012-2020: 8 years December 4, 2022

June Mildred Irma Collins 1992-2010: 18 years March 2, 2023

Virginia Edith Mitchell 2000-2020: 20 years May 6, 2023

Hazel Arlene Lyons 1996-2013: 17 years May 11, 2023

Nancy Marie Watson 2005-2010: 5 years May 28, 2023

Pamela Jane Hambly 2004-2010: 6 years May 30, 2023

Mary Jane Hall 2007-2011: 4 years June 5, 2023

James (Jim) Sinclair Nairn 2001-2013: 12 years July 9, 2023

Mary Elizabeth “Betty” Walker 1994-2018: 24 years July 19, 2023

Margaret Rose Curtis 2001-2007: 6 years July 31, 2023

Interested in learning more about the many exciting volunteer opportunities with the NHH Auxiliary? Please visit the Volunteers tab at

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