Cruising around the world with the Cumberland Health Care Foundation

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Annual dinner on April 26

The Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program will benefit from the 16th annual Foundation Dinner on April 26 at ARHS.

Mary Sinclair (left) and Cumberland Health Care Foundation managing director Gwen Kerr look over some of the flags of the countries that will be celebrated during the 16th annual Foundation Dinner on Saturday, April 26, at ARHS.

AMHERST – Cultures from around the world will be celebrated when the Cumberland Health Care Foundation hosts its 16th annual Foundation Dinner later this month.

Dinner participants will be cruising around the globe celebrating all kinds of different cultures during the dinner set for Saturday, April 26, at the ARHS cafeteria.

“We wanted to do something this year that was multi-cultural with a lot of colour and flavour,” foundation managing director Gwen Kerr said. “There are a lot of different cultures in our community and we don’t always notice that. In the hospital we have people working here from all over the world. It seemed as though it would be a lot of fun to bring everyone together and have a little taste of everyone’s background.”

The evening begins topside with a reception at 5 p.m. with dinner in the officer’s mess at 6:15 p.m., featuring a buffet of dishes from around the globe.

“We’re hoping people will come and wear costume either from their own culture or from other cultures as a way of celebrating our multiculturalism,” Kerr said.

Kerr said the nautical theme is used to tie it all together as people can use the foundation ship to travel from culture to culture.

During the evening, both live and silent auctions will be held on merchandise and pieces of art donated from area businesses as well as from artists and artisans.

“We have had artists who have never been with us before donate artwork,” she said. “We have a wonderful assortment with some beautiful quilts, wood sculptures, paintings and watercolours, oils and photography.”

Kerr said the popular photo booth will be back this year as well. Last year, the booth featured a jukebox and balloons featuring the 1970s while an antique car was featured two years ago as part of the Roaring 20s.

Also back is the popular sparkle draw with JG Jewellers providing a gold and diamond necklace valued at $1,095.

The evening will also see the presentation of the Distinguished Service Award, the Volunteer of the Year and the Distinguished Service (Community) Award.

Proceeds from the event go to support the Cumberland Health Care Careers Bursary Program that provides bursaries of $5,000 to Cumberland County students attending post-secondary training for one of the identified critical areas in which there will be staffing shortages at the county’s hospitals.

For each year the student is awarded the bursary, he or she agrees to work an equivalent year within the county. The student also has the option of working within the health authority during the summer months.

Since the first bursaries were awarded in 2005, 25 students have come back to work in Cumberland County while 16 others are still studying.

In 2014, six bursary recipients will begin their careers in Cumberland County.

"This is a great program and a real benefit to Cumberland County. Not only are we providing jobs for well-trained professionals, we, as patients, benefit from their current expertise, skill and enthusiasm," Kerr said.

The bursary program is supported by the Cumberland Health Care Foundation and its partners at the All Saints Community Care Foundation, Bayview Communities Health Foundation, North Cumberland Community Health Foundation and the South Cumberland Community Care Centre Foundation.

The purchase tickets, drop by the foundation office at the Cumberland Regional Health Care Centre or call 667-5400 ext. 6210.

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Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Care Foundation, Foundation Dinner, Distinguished Service Care Centre

Geographic location: Cumberland County, Health Foundation, All Saints Community South Cumberland Community

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