February 5, 2013
|PROCEEDS PRESENTATION: (From left) Laurie Smith, Frank Simpson, Elizabeth Carstensen, Laurelle Pawlus, Jane Shury, Coralie Kuntz, Brent Hilsendager, Linda Shynkaruk, Dorothy Edworthy, and John Yarske
The Saskatchewan Hospital 100th Anniversary Reunion Committee has closed the books on last summer's SHNB centennial celebrations, with donation of the event proceeds toward a special project for the benefit of Sask Hospital patients.
The Reunion Committee has given the net $344.19 to AMGITS, the Saskatchewan Hospital Auxiliary, to support much-need renovations to Camp Cosmo.
The Camp is located in Battlefords Provincial Park and is the heart of Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford's (SHNB's) summer program for patients. Camp Cosmo provides a summer vacation camp experience for SHNB clients.
Reunion Committee Chairperson Jane Shury and members Frank Simpson, Elizabeth Carstensen, John Yarske, and Dorothy Edworthy presented the cheque to AMGITS Chairperson Coralie Kuntz and members Brent Hilsendager, Laurelle Pawlus, and Laurie Smith, and Director of Saskatchewan Hospital Linda Shynkaruk.
Shury explained that Reunion Committee members agreed early on that any funds remaining from the celebrations would be turned over to AMGITS for improvements to the Camp.
Kuntz gratefully accepted the contribution, acknowledging that Camp Cosmo is in need of significant renovations.
Kuntz said that any community support for improvements to the Camp is welcome and much appreciated. That support could be through funding, building materials, time or skills. Anyone interested in supporting the project can contact any member of AMGITS at 306-446-6800.
The Camp consists of five buildings including the main cabin where cooking, eating, playing games, and socializing takes place. Other camp buildings are a women's cabin, a men's cabin, bathroom/shower house, and a storage shed.
A large peaceful yard gives the campers ample space for activities including volleyball, berry picking, campfires, and sitting in the sun. The camp offers easy access to the beach and the beautiful grounds of the provincial park.
Camp staff including a nurse and lifeguard are hired by Sask Hospital to deliver the camp program for SHNB patients. When Camp Cosmo is not being used by the program for day trips and overnight stays, other groups such as the Canadian Mental Health Association and group homes can use the facilities. A nominal fee is charged for this use to cover the cost of utilities and septic service.
Camp Cosmo was founded by the Cosmopolitan Club of The Battlefords in 1980. AMGITS ‘inherited' Camp Cosmo when the Cosmopolitan Club disbanded.
AMGITS is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of persons whose lives have been affected by mental illness. AMGITS is ‘stigma' spelled backwards. AMGITS' motto is to ‘help turn STIGMA around.'
AMGITS supports strong family involvement, community contact, and participation for Sask Hospital patients. The Auxiliary purchases items that enhance quality of life for SHNB patients, such as exercise equipment, electronics, gas barbecues and recreational articles. AMGITS provides gifts and amenities to patients at special times of year like Christmas, and special events.
AMGITS members are dedicated volunteers who raise funds for the organization through bingos and raffles; promote public awareness about the importance of mental health; and provide information and resource contacts on mental health issues.
For more information about AMGITS, contact 306-446-6800.