Diana Lenihan welcomes people inside the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary Thrift Shop with special tickets to spin a wheel for prizes during the Customer Appreciation event Saturday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary embraces the community at celebration

Continuous service spans 120 years and 60 years of owning a Thrift Shop

The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary celebrated 120 years of service to the community and 60 years of owning a thrift store with the public Saturday.

The Auxiliary honoured the valuable contributions of its supporters with cookies, popcorn, entertainment, refreshments, raffle prize draws and more at the Thrift Store.

Diana Lenihan and her team did a great job making it a festive occasion.

“We estimate 325 folks came through our doors,” noted Auxiliary president Susan Beaubier.

The Free Radical Dixie Band performed outside while people munched on goodies.

Band drummer Ken Graham noted playing for the Auxiliary was a way for him to honour Grace Rey, one of the very special members who died last year and is greatly missed.

Graham became a volunteer at the Chemainus United Church because of Rey’s gracious way of recruiting volunteers.

“This was such a nice touch,” noted Beaubier.

Rey also recruited many new members for the Auxiliary.


Shirley Hyslop awaits people at the wheel. (Photo by Don Bodger)

It’s a family affair at the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary, as dad Damen Caskey and sons Ethan, middle, and Oscar await the outcome of a wheel spin at the Customer Appreciation Day. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Free Radical Dixie Band performs outside the Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary’s Thrift Shop Saturday. (Photo by Don Bodger)

The Chemainus Health Care Auxiliary has been servng the community for 120 years. (Photo by Don Bodger)

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