Tree of Lights illuminate for CT scanner in Elliot Lake

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDThe Jewels and Gents chorus sang Christmas carols at the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Tree of Lights lighting ceremony on Sunday evening at St. Joseph’s General Hospital.

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The lights of this year’s St. Joseph’s General Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Tree of Lights were all aglow Sunday evening at St. Joseph’s General Hospital in Elliot Lake.

This year, the Tree of Lights was in honour of two long-time Elliot Lake residents who died this year, Carl Flintoff and Ralph Primeau. This year, the lights were switched on by Jane Primeau, widow of Ralph Primeau.

More than 50 people attended the annual tree lighting ceremony.

This year’s Tree of Lights fundraiser will see the money raised go to toward the CT scanner for the hospital. Light bulbs for the Tree of Lights are $10 each or three for $25. They can be in memoriam of a loved one, Season’s Greeting or Best Wish to some one. The lights can be purchased at the hospital’s switchboard and at the local banks.

William Elliott, chair of the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Elliot Lake, told the crowd “Of the $1.6 million that we need, we’ve got just about 1.5 million. We only need about $100,000.

“It’s been absolutely fantastic.”

All the money has been raised locally, adds Elliott.

He says they are hoping that by Dec. 31, the project will be fully funded.

“We expect that in the next week or two, the hospital will issue the purchase order for the CT scanner, and by the spring of 2020, that it will be in and commissioned, and we’ll be able to take advantage of having that piece of equipment here.”

While Pierre Ozolins, St. Joseph’s General Hospital CEO, was unable to attend this year’s tree lighting ceremony, Elliott expressed Ozolins and the hospital staff’s appreciation and support from the public.

Cleta Sarich delivered the greeting of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Sault Ste. Marie.

The blessing was performed by Dan Dean.

The Jewels and Gents choir performed a couple of Christmas carols, including Joy to the World and Silent Night.

Ann Foy says that this year, she is unable to hold the Christmas Cantata. However, the Jewels and Gents will be performing at a number of locations over the next few weeks.

The event was concluded with the attendees going to the hospital cafeteria for refreshments.

Anyone wanting to make a donation to St. Joseph’s Foundation of Elliot Lake for the CT scanner can do so at the hospital’s reception or the business office by cheque made out to the St. Joseph’s Foundation of Elliot Lake. Tax receipts would be sent out to the donors within the next few weeks.

Donations can also be made online with a credit card at www.canadahelps.org and go to St. Joseph’s Foundation of Elliot Lake. Donators would get their tax receipt immediately.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDThe Jewels and Gents chorus sang Christmas carols at the St. Joseph’s General Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Tree of Lights lighting ceremony on Sunday evening at St. Joseph’s General Hospital.

Photo by KEVIN McSHEFFREY/THE STANDARDThe St. Joseph’s General Hospital Auxiliary’s annual Tree of Lights is all aglow.

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