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Nova Hudson celebrates 60 years of dedicated healthcare service in the community

PHOTO COURTESY WANDA BRAY Hudson Nova’s board members, some of whom are shown above, have been working tirelessly to ensure that their upcoming fundraising gala at Auberge des Gallant will be a glittering affair.

Glittering diamond-themed gala April 29

For 60 years, the dedicated nurses and caregivers of Nova Hudson have been jewels when it comes to providing public-funded healthcare service in our community. And so it is superbly appropriate that the theme they have chosen for their Biennial Gala celebrating this milestone Diamond Anniversary April 29 is Diamond Reflections Diamant.

With no Federal or Provincial funding whatsoever, and with a commitment to enabling those in need to maintain their independence at home in secure and familiar surroundings for as long as possible - not only in Hudson but also in St. Lazare, Rigaud, and Vaudreuil-Dorion - they are always there when you need them. Often at a moment's notice in the case of real emergencies, and always with a selfless sense of compassion and caring.

This year's fundraising gala, to be held at the Auberge des Gallant, 1171 Chemin St. Henri, in Sainte Marthe, is the perfect way of not only expressing one's thanks, but also helping to ensure that this irreplaceable service and commitment to the community will continue for many years to come.

Explains, Wanda Bray, a member of the Gala organizing committee, “This is truly a celebration year for Nova Hudson, which used to be called the VON, and part of the evening will be a tribute to the nurses past and present. It will be a walk down memory lane of how health care was back then, and the methods needed in today's society.

NOVA's new banner designed by Ali Nadeau of Hudson, one of our many volunteers

“And we are delighted that long-time board member Maxine Bredt, who served as a nurse in World War II and who has just returned from the commemorative ceremonies at Vimy Ridge in France, has accepted to be our honorary chairperson of the evening and will be saying a few words about the positive impact that Nova has in our community.”

Adds Bray, “Our board of directors are volunteers within our community. Our qualified nurses and dedicated volunteers work hard identifying needs and filling gaps in our healthcare system. And we are there to help with the ever-increasing needs of the frail elderly and those coping with acute and chronic illnesses.”

Tickets are $150 per person, with a partial tax receipt. And guests will be treated to a champagne cocktail hour with hors d’oeuvres followed by a delicious three-course meal complete with entertainment by the fabulous soul singer and three-time Juno Award winner, Kim Richardson.

Says Bray, “It's going to be a fabulous evening and we invite everyone to help us make a shining difference in the lives of people we know and love. And as diamonds are our theme for the evening, we invite everyone to bring on the glam. After all, one might say that diamonds are a town's best friend.”

To reserve a table, or for individual tickets, email NOVAgala@gmail.com or call Elizabeth Semmelhack at (450) 458-3179.

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