July 24, 2014
Patients of Saskatchewan Hospital North Battleford (SHNB) will benefit from the generous donation of $25,000 from the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN) to help cover the cost of much-needed improvements to Camp Cosmo.
(Front row, from left) SUN representatives Lorna Tarasoff and Darcy McIntyre present a
'big cheque' to AMGITS officials Carol Funk and Coralie Kuntz on the front steps of
SHNB. Also on hand for the presentation were SHNB staff members (from left) Johann
Engelke, Tammy Gatzke-Bartusek, Terri Davidson, and Kim Moore.
SUN provincial board member Lorna Tarasoff and SUN District Council Chair Darcy McIntyre presented a cheque for that amount to president Coralie Kuntz and vice-president Carol Funk of AMGITS, the Saskatchewan Hospital auxiliary.
The funding will be used to cover the cost of materials for Camp renovations that are well underway.
Improvements include re-shingling and siding some of the buildings, replacing windows, staining the deck, and installing alumunium deck railings.
An open house is scheduled for August 12th at Camp Cosmo to celebrate the improvements.
Financial support for the project has also been received from the Registered Psychiatric Nurses' Association of Saskatchewan (RPNAS), Battlefords and District Co-op, Battleford Furniture, and the Saskatchewan Hospital 100th Anniversary Reunion Committee. Further community support for imrpovements to Camp Cosmo are welcome and much appreciated. Support can be through funding, building materials, equipment, furnishings, time or skills.
Camp Cosmo is located in Battlefords Provincial Park and provides a summer vacation camp experience for SHNB clients. 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 also 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 Canadfian Mental Health Association and group homes can use the facilities for a nominal fee.
Camp Cosmo was founded by the Cosmopolitan Club of The Battlefords in 1980. AMGITS 'inherited' the camp when the Cosmo 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'.
For more information about AMGITS and its work, Camp Cosmo, and volunteer opportunities, contact any of its members through 306-446-6800.