Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society makes their largest donation ever to EKFH.

Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society makes their largest donation ever to EKFH.

The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society (IHCAS) has made their largest single donation ever to the East Kootenay Foundation for Health (EKFH) this December. The IHCAS has donated an incredible $320,000 towards health care improvements across the East Kootenay.

The $320,000 will be split across the Columbia Valley, Golden, and East Kootenay Regional Hospital. $200,000 is going towards the Warm Embrace campaign to bring a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit to East Kootenay Regional Hospital. $101,622 will support the equipment Wish Lists for the Invermere and Golden Hospitals, as well as long term care homes Columbia House and Durand Manor. The remaining $18,200 will top up the Friends of the Golden Hospital’s Giving Thanks campaign to complete fundraising for new lab equipment.

The IHCAS raises funds through the Invermere Thrift Store, located right on the main street of Invermere (7th Ave). Since 1977, the Thrift Store has been recycling, reusing and re-purposing donated goods. Over the years, the Society has raised many hundreds of thousands of dollars for equipment and patient comfort, working tirelessly to strengthen health initiatives in the Columbia Valley. Everyone who has volunteered with, donated too, or purchased from the thrift store is part of this fantastic community effort.

“I am so very proud to partner with this amazing group of volunteers at the IHCAS,” said EKFH Executive Director, Brenna Baker. “They continually support projects that are so important to our East Kootenay Residents. All of the volunteers work so hard and run an absolutely amazing thrift store. Thank you is not enough. I am blown away every single time they give. We could not do the work we do without them. Together we are improving health and changing lives!”

The Invermere Health Care Auxiliary Society also supports community health organizations and David Thompson Secondary School graduates who are enrolled in health related post-secondary education. To find out more about the Auxiliary’s work and thrift shop, visit