St. Joseph’s General Hospital centennial celebrations will culminate in a huge public event on the hospital grounds next weekend.
The hospital will host a celebration from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, July 7, which will feature a free outdoor barbecue by the Sister’s Café, a tea hosted by the Hospital Auxiliary, a kids zone, photo booth, and live music from local band Many Waters, among other things.
As well, Most Reverend Bishop Richard Gagnon from the Diocese of Victoria and some Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto will attend a special commemorative presentation, which will start at 12:30 p.m.
“In addition, there’s an unveiling of a future healing gardens, which will lie on the grounds in the southeast corner,” says centennial co-ordinator Mary Lee, pointing out the area is located near the Sister’s Café. “There’ll be a beautification project and although the project’s not ready, the project concept will be unveiled.”
Lee adds the project is part of the hospital’s Legacy Years campaign, in which the hospital used donations to implement various projects like a commemorative video and the hospital mural, as well as beautification projects on the grounds.
“Each donor will have a plaque placed on the grounds of the gardens, throughout the gardens,” continues Lee. “So this will be all part of the presentation that happens on July 7.”
Though the entire event is free, including parking at the hospital, Lee notes St. Joseph’s General Hospital Foundation will have an information table set up at the event and will accept donations.
The Royal Bank of Canada kids zone will feature a 4-H Club petting zoo, and entertainment by Captain Thunderpants and Snow White. Donations will be accepted at the 4-H petting zoo.
Free parking will also be available at the Little Red Church on Comox Avenue; attendees are asked to refrain from parking on streets adjacent to the hospital, and people who live nearby are encouraged to walk or bike.
Lee recommends packing a reusable water bottle, sunscreen and lawn chair as seating will be limited. Water stations will be on site.
Lee notes St. Joseph’s is very grateful for the community’s ongoing support for the hospital.
“It was the community first and foremost that rose to the occasion to help the hospital become what it is today, so the celebration is really an extension of that gratitude,” she says. “Come out and reflect on those hundred years of the community support from the Comox Valley.”
Meanwhile, the hospital centennial celebration gala, Gala in the Gardens, is set for Friday, July 5 at 6:30 p.m. at the Florence Filberg Centre.
The dinner and dance marks the anniversary of the day four nuns from the Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto stepped foot onto the Comox wharf to establish a hospital the Comox Valley.
The evening will feature a gourmet buffet meal catered by Tria, and musical entertainment by Johnny Inappropriate. Most Reverend Bishop Richard Gagnon, Diocese of Victoria and visiting Sisters of St. Joseph of Toronto will attend, as well as many other honoured guests.
Two commemorative video compilations, by local producer Zac Whyte, will be unveiled during dinner.
Tickets are $75 per person and can be purchased at the hospital’s foundation office, Royal Bank of Canada branches in Courtenay or by calling the foundation at 250-890-3046. The deadline to buy tickets is June 28 and cash, cheque or credit card are accepted.
The event will be smart casual or dressy. A cash bar will be on site provided by the Kins Club with proceeds going back into the community.
For more information about these events check out the centennial celebrations Facebook page SJGHCentennial or visit www.cvhospitalfoundation.com.