There were many oohs and aahs as members of the Kitimat General Hospital Foundation (KGHF) took a tour of the new kitchen renovations at Delta King Lodge on Friday, January 11.
KGHF donated a third of the funds required for the newly improved area and were delighted to see the wonderful kitchen they helped to make a reality. They are pleased that Delta King now has the upgraded kitchen they need.
Delta King manager Lucy Borges said it has made such a difference for them to be able to prepare meals on site with the extra safety features of the fire suppression fans over the stoves, as well as commercial quality appliances.
The members of KGHF who are also members of the Kitimat Valley Housing Society were particularly interested in the equipment and layout for ideas for the proposed dementia care facility.
Lucy and volunteer Karen Klepsch gave excellent explanations of the equipment and layout.
KGHF president Margaret Sanou was particularly impressed with the glass door refrigeration units, for residents and staff to be able to see what was available before opening the doors.
Corinne Scott admired the brightness of the space, and Linda Thomson was pleased to see the inclusion of two induction-topped stoves. Rob Goffinet agreed that seeing the kitchen will definitely be a benefit to the Housing Society in planning their development.
Ian Scott was seeing the entire Lodge for the first time and was surprised at how much larger it was on the inside from the way it looked from the exterior.
January 17 saw KGHF receive another cheque, this time from Shoppers Drug Mart who presented a cheque for $4,365 from proceeds raised through their October 2018 Tree of Life and Love.You campaigns for women’s health.
Kitimat Shoppers’ owner Mulugeta Woldetsadik said the store would not have been able to raise the money had it not been for their customers’ support. He said it was great to be able to give back to the community through the Hospital Foundation.
The Shoppers’ staff had a friendly competition to see who could raise the most donations during the two campaigns. Congratulations and thank you to Trish Martin who was the winner in 2018.
Sanou said the money will go towards equipment in the hospital’s maternity ward for breastfeeding mothers.
Scott was also appreciative of the efforts of the cosmetics department.
“It’s such a great feeling to have the donation from the Shoppers’ Women’s Health annual campaign increase this year. Women’s health in Kitimat has greatly benefited from Shoppers’ efforts and generosity,” said Scott.