Hospital Day puts on the ritz and the sunglasses, too

Kids on bikes got rolling well ahead of the Hospital Day parade as they zoomed down Oceanview Drive. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Kids on bikes got rolling well ahead of the Hospital Day parade as they zoomed down Oceanview Drive. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Kids on bikes got rolling well ahead of the Hospital Day parade as they zoomed down Oceanview Drive. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Kids on bikes got rolling well ahead of the Hospital Day parade as they zoomed down Oceanview Drive. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Elders got a balcony view of the parade from the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre/Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Elders got a balcony view of the parade from the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre/Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
This funky disco float had bopping music, and the parade’s biggest hair. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)This funky disco float had bopping music, and the parade’s biggest hair. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Candies rocket from the Co-op float. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Candies rocket from the Co-op float. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Along with traditional Philippine dress, some carried parasols that came in handy on the bright, sunny day. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Along with traditional Philippine dress, some carried parasols that came in handy on the bright, sunny day. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Hospital Day puts on the ritz and the sunglasses, too
Hospital Day puts on the ritz and the sunglasses, too
Parade watchers didn’t mind a cool-off on one of the warmest June days so far. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Parade watchers didn’t mind a cool-off on one of the warmest June days so far. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Queen Charlotte’s volunteer firefighters had plenty of cute back-up. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Queen Charlotte’s volunteer firefighters had plenty of cute back-up. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Hospital Day puts on the ritz and the sunglasses, too
Members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society brought a sense of calm. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Members of the Taoist Tai Chi Society brought a sense of calm. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Haden Lavallee is an eager supporter emergency medicine. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Haden Lavallee is an eager supporter emergency medicine. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Noah dives into the donut contest. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Noah dives into the donut contest. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Matt Botton gets big air in the inflatable horse race. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Matt Botton gets big air in the inflatable horse race. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
It was a perfect day for pick-up basketball by the Queen Charlotte Community Club. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)It was a perfect day for pick-up basketball by the Queen Charlotte Community Club. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Children got a boost up the great bouncy wall. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Children got a boost up the great bouncy wall. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Nadine McIntosh gets whip-creamed for a cause. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Nadine McIntosh gets whip-creamed for a cause. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Three-year-old Dax made a big catch at the Fish Pond — a pair of sunglasses. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Three-year-old Dax made a big catch at the Fish Pond — a pair of sunglasses. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
Hussain takes a first bite of a massive cotton-candy cloud. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)Hussain takes a first bite of a massive cotton-candy cloud. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)
The Mindblankers send one flying at the Stellar Jays in the Haida Gwaii Softball League’s annual Hospital Day tourney, which this year got a play-by-play coverage from the Haida Gwaii Radio Society. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)The Mindblankers send one flying at the Stellar Jays in the Haida Gwaii Softball League’s annual Hospital Day tourney, which this year got a play-by-play coverage from the Haida Gwaii Radio Society. (Andrew Hudson/Haida Gwaii Observer)

Sunny skies and people made for a fun 109th Hospital Day in Queen Charlotte on Saturday, the first held since the opening of the new Haida Gwaii Hospital and Health Centre/Xaayda Gwaay Ngaaysdll Naay.

Organizers are still counting the numbers, but the fundraising seems even stronger than last year.

Nurse Deb Miller, who recruits and trains newly graduated nurses and set up several rooms in the new hospital, was recognized as the healthcare employee of the year.

For the second year running, Linda Hanson received the most nominations for Hospital Day volunteer of the year — Hanson looked after the food, gathered auction prizes and, organizers said, “answers a million questions and always with a great smile and a hearty laugh!”

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