The first speaker was Mr. J.N. Bond, treasurer of the general hospital committee. He called the crowd together and in a few words explained the reason for the gathering. It was intended to hold the meeting outside and have Mr. Bullen cut the ribbon, but owing to the cold wind this part of the ceremony was dispensed with and the whole proceeding took place inside.
Mr. Bullen, after humorously referring to the competition amongst the ladies to be the first patient, drew attention to the work that had been done by various people. He referred to Bishop Guy’s efforts to get one of the Nursing Orders to take over the running and equipping of the hospital, but owing to financial conditions prevailing could find none who could see their way clear to raise sufficient money to extend their work.
Eventually the Sisters of Providence decided to accept the responsibility with the result — a splendidly equipped and staffed hospital — coming about. Without the aid of the hospital auxiliary, it would have been impossible to get much of the work on the hospital done.
The ladies auxiliary was formed soon after it was decided to go ahead with the hospital and by their efforts over $1,200 was raised during the year. Reverend Father Cunningham of Grande Prairie, on behalf of the Mother Superior of the Sisters of Providence, commended the people for the enthusiasm and cooperation they had shown.
Other speakers were Dr. H. R. Ross of Pouce Coupe and Dr. L. N. Beckwith. Miss Crook, matron of the Pouce Coupe Hospital, extended hearty wishes to the Dawson Creek Hospital from the Pouce Coupe Red Cross.