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June 2016 – Celebrating 20 years of Publishing!

may 2016

Managing Editor: Dan Guetre

News Writers: Marianne Curtis and Dan Guetre

Columnists: Lee Guetre, Peter Friesen, Anni Markmann, Peter Martins

Production and design: Dan Guetre, Myriam Dyck, and Monica Guetre

Advertising: Karen Jorgenson and Dan Guetre


Dan Guetre: Editor, publisher, owner



Marianne Curtis: journalist 



Karen Jorgenson, Sales 



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Book sale slated for mid-October

By Marianne Curtis

Book lovers and collectors alike mark your calendars for October 18 to 20 because the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary Book sale will be taking place at the Clearspring Mall in Steinbach.

Verna Thiessen with the Bethesda Auxiliary says volunteers have already been hard at work for the past month sorting thousands of books, records, tapes, magazines, puzzles, and games priced to be sold.

“We are grateful to have gotten use of a room in the back of Sobey’s where we’ve been sorting Tuesdays,” explained Thiessen. “We are still collecting items until the week of the sale and looking for volunteers for sorting and during the sale.”

Thiessen says the Auxiliary hopes the sale will fundraise a good portion of the $10,000 needed for their next project during the fall sale.

“We have raised enough money to pay for the resuscitation unit for the recovery ward so we have a new smaller project,” Thiessen added. “We are buying suction units for each room in the rehabilitation unit; right now if someone is choking they have to get the portable suction unit which could be anywhere but where it is needed.”

She noted that the Auxiliary chose a smaller project this time because the need was so great.

“They need these machines as soon as possible,” Thiessen continued. “The quicker we raise the money for the suction machines the quicker we can move on to our next project.”

Over the years, the Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary has hosted several successful sales which have raised over $200,000. The money is used to purchase medical equipment for BethesdaHospital deemed necessary for patient comfort or safety but not funding through Manitoba Health programs.

Books can still be dropped off until the week of the sale. There is a drop off bin in front of Sobey’s at the Clearspring Mall. Volunteers are also needed. Anyone wishing to contribute can contact Tina Dyck at 204-326-9563.

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Fall book sale exceeds expectations

Rae Wiens and Dominic shop for children’s books at the Bethesda Health Care Auxilary’s first fall book faire.








By Marianne Curtis

   The Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary have successfully expanded upon their annual spring book sale and added an equally successful fall book fair to their fundraising activities.

   Over three days starting October 21, the ladies of the Bethesda Auxiliary hosted their first “Fall Book Faire” at the Clearspring Center in Steinbach. Thousands of gently used books found new homes and $11,000 was raised for the organization.

   Spokesperson Verna Thiessen says that the group is very pleased with the results.

   “We had books left over from our spring sale so we thought that we would hold another one,” explained Thiessen. “Despite the downsized scale compared to our spring event we are very pleased.”

   The money raised at the event will go towards the purchase of a new gamma probe for the Bethesda Hospital in Steinbach. The $30,000 instrument will greatly benefit residents in the region because it is used to detect cancer in lymph nodes and breast cancer without invasive surgery.

   Over the years, the Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary has successfully raised well over $300,000 towards the purchase of needed medical equipment which is not funded through Manitoba Health.  

   During this past year’s spring book sale, the group raised $20,000 which enabled the purchase of a new bladder machine for the region’s largest hospital. 

   The Bethesda Hospital Auxiliary is continuing to collect donations towards the purchase of the gamma probe. Donations can be mailed to the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary at 316 Henry Street, Steinbach R5G 0P9.

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Bethesda Auxiliary recognizes volunteers

Gracie Driedger, the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary’s youngest volunteer, presented a $20,000 cheque to pay for the purchase of a new bladder scanner to Debbie Harm, Clinical manager from Bethesda Hospital.

By Marianne Curtis

   About 100 people recently attended a special volunteer appreciation evening that was hosted by the Bethesda Health Care Auxiliary.

   Verna Thiessen, from the Bethesda Auxiliary Board, said that the evening took place to recognize the many women that have dedicated their time or talents to the organization. The honored guests at the event consisted of volunteers from the Bethesda Gift Shoppe, the Book Fair, knitters and sewers for the gift shop and the board members.

   “Without these many volunteers we would not have been able to carry on the various programs for the Bethesda Health facility,” stated Thiessen.

   Several presentations were made during the evening, including the presentation of a $20,000 cheque for the bladder scanner that the Auxiliary purchased.

   Volunteers Olive Froese and Annette Friesen were both presented with lifetime memberships. Both ladies were recognized for volunteering for various activities over the last twenty years.

   Hilda Goertzen and Ruth Siemens received Certificates of Service for their terms of service. All the Bethesda Gift Shoppe volunteers were recognized for the number of hours that has been given since the store opened in 2000.

   The entire evening was focused around the volunteers and at the end of the night they each went home with an Auxiliary bag as a token of appreciation.

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