Maple Ridge author pens book on Chilliwack hospital

Commitment to Caring is the story of determined women, in a time before they were considered persons under the law

Maple Ridge author pens book on Chilliwack hospital

Commitment to Caring is the story of determined women, in a time before they were considered persons under the law, who fundraised, sewed, canned, and knitted to establish Chilliwack’s first hospital.

The Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary announced today the publication of a new book last week by Maple Ridge author, Andrea Lister.

In a time before medicare these women formed the Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary in 1911 and recruited their sisters-in-laws, daughters, and friends to join them in their efforts and take over for them as they aged. They enlisted the support of the community in supporting the hospital for 100 years through wars, depressions, and social changes. They have left, and continue to leave a lasting legacy, with their hard work and dedicated volunteerism. Richly illustrated with seldom-seen photographs Commitment to Caring is a celebration of these women. All proceeds from the sale of this book go towards the purchase of equipment for the Chilliwack General Hospital.

Lister is the editor of British Columbia History, the British Columbia Historical Federation’s flagship publication, a web designer for the Maple Ridge Museum and Community Archive’s website, a genealogist and writer.  She is also a direct descendant of Mrs. Julia Grossman, one of the founding members of the Chilliwack Hospital Auxiliary.