Mr. Speaker, I am pleased to inform the House that the Canadian Association of Health Care Auxiliaries has declared this week of April 17 to April 25 Canada Health Auxiliary Week.
This year's theme is the challenge of choices. Health care auxiliaries across the country will be celebrating this week with the goal of increasing public awareness of the tremendous contribution made by volunteers to the health care system in Canada.
Last year health auxiliaries across Canada worked to raise in excess of $33 million for their respective health care facilities. One hundred and thirteen thousand volunteers gave 8.5 million hours to patient services, community health care, public relations and fund raising.
I am sure all members will join with me in congratulating the Canadian Association of Health Care Auxiliaries on its work and in urging Canadians to support their local auxiliaries.