Nettie Stupnikoff is the new president of the Castlegar and District Hospital Auxiliary Society. She takes over from outgoing president Shirley Wanjoff.

Stupnikoff was selected at the society’s annual general meeting, which took place on Monday night at Talarico Place.

“I believe in the cause – moving healthcare forward in our community,” she said. “Also, it’s a very rewarding experience. You also learn from other auxiliaries that you meet at our conferences. You have a broad centre of friends, volunteers. It’s a never ending station for learning. Like they say – when you volunteer you’re doing good and you feel good about it. You’re also helping the community in many ways.”

Stupnikoff is still the director and president of the Castlegar and District Hospital Foundation and will be until the foundation has their voting in June.

In the photo shown Honora Cooper, Kootenay Boundary area representative of the B.C. Association of Health Care Auxiliaries, introduces the new executive of the Castlegar and District Hospital Auxiliary Society: Joy Harford, publicity; Collen Gourlie, secretary/treasurer; Polly Chernoff, 2nd vice-president; Gil Henry, 1st vice-president; and president Nettie Stupnikoff. Missing is Betty Beattie, corresponding secretary.

The auxiliary society is linked closely to the foundation.

“They have a partnership in fundraising,” she said. “It’s two different societies but we do the same thing.”

The auxiliary operates the Treasure Shop in downtown Castlegar and the gift shop at the Health Centre.

Stupnikoff says they are always looking for volunteers to help with the gift shops.

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