DeCooman new co-chair of WDMH Auxiliary, an organization whose volunteers are ‘out of sight but not out of mind’ these days

Recently, Debbie DeCooman (left) was named Co-Chair of the WDMH Auxiliary. She joins Elinor Jordan in this joint role.

WINCHESTER — WDMH’s volunteers are staying home these days — and staying safe. But that doesn’t mean they aren’t still hard at work.

Recently, Debbie DeCooman was named Co-Chair of the WDMH Auxiliary. She joins Elinor Jordan in this joint role. The organization has extended its appreciation to Lynn Dillabough who has completed her term.

DeCooman lives near Chesterville and works for the St Lawrence Parks Commission at Upper Canada Village as a Historical Interpreter. She is also the Health and Safety Officer for the Village. Previously, DeCooman worked at Nestle Canada in accounting and production planning; provided clerical support at Carefor Agency and was the Parkinson’s Support Group coordinator throughout the region.

After attending the Horticulture program at Kemptville College, she started an organic farm growing vegetables and eggs for the box program. She now raises chickens, goats, and miniature donkeys.

“I started volunteering at WDMH during Upper Canada Village’s off-season and I really enjoy it,” says DeCooman. “We all volunteer because we want to help WDMH and the patients — and we enjoy the fellowship of being together.”

The Auxiliary Committee continues to meet virtually to plan for the future. “We look forward to being back at WDMH where we can help out in any way we can,” notes Jordan.

“We are looking forward to that too,” adds Cholly Boland, WDMH CEO. “The volunteers are an essential part of our care team and they are missed.”

While the Gift Shoppe is closed and traditional fundraising events throughout the year are on hold, the Auxiliary is still supporting WDMH patients through its fundraising activities. Their current project will help WDMH’s youngest patients. The new monitoring system will alert staff and lock doors when a baby is near an exit. It will keep everyone safe in the childbirth unit.

Donations can be made by mailing a cheque to the WDMH Foundation at 566 Louise Street, Winchester, K0C 2K0. Please indicate the donation is for “Auxiliary Equipment” and include your return address to get an income tax receipt. Donors can also call the Foundation at 613-774-2422 ext. 6162 to donate using a credit card. “Thanks for your support,” says the Foundation.

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