South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Auxiliary

The mission of the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is to enhance the stay of the patient in hospital by:

  • assisting patients, staff and visitors in many areas of the hospital
  • raising money to help purchase much-needed equipment
  • promoting awareness in the community of the functions of the Auxiliary

About Us

The South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Auxiliary is one of the over 145 Auxiliaries belonging to the H.A.A.O. (Hospital Auxiliaries Association of Ontario) and is made up of over 200 women and men who are actively committed to serving our hospital.

Since its inception in 1949, members have been awarded the Provincial Life Memberships, which is the highest award given by the HAAO. Many of our members have earned the Local Life Membership for Service to the South Muskoka Memorial Hospital Auxiliary. Other awards and certificates, such as Outstanding Service, Honorary Life Member and 40 years plus, have been bestowed on deserving members.

New members are always welcome and needed, but you don't have to be an Auxiliary member to help with our fundraising projects.

Our Auxiliary Executive consists of a President, President Elect, Member at Large, Executive Secretary, Treasurer and Past President who meet once per month.  General Meetings are held three times per year. Regular General Meetings are held in February and October.  Our Annual General Meeting takes place in June and our Awards (Tea) is held early in the fall.

Applications Welcome!

If you are interested in volunteering at South Muskoka Memorial Hospital, please complete the Application Form Questionnaire and return it to the Information Desk, Muskoka Mocha Coffee Bar, or email your completed application to

Our volunteers work in many areas:

  • Archives
  • Breast Screening
  • Clerical Services
  • Coffee Bar (Muskoka Mocha)
  • Crafts
  • Day Surgery
  • ER Information Desk
  • Fracture Clinic
  • Gardening
  • Gift Shop
  • H.E.L.P.P. (Nevada Tickets)
  • Information Desk
  • Paediatric Clinic
  • Portering (Care In Action)
  • Pre-Natal Clinic
  • Telephone
  • Tray Favours 

Fundraising and Special Events

Traditional annual events include Raffles, Tag Days (July), our 'Christmas in October' Bazaar and Luncheon, and our Christmas House Tour.  As well, many special events are held throughout the year.  Our in-hospital ventures like Muskoka Mocha coffee bar, HELPP Lottery and the Gift Shop continue to be very successful, and with the support of both our permanent and seasonal residents, proceeds from our fundraising activities have enabled us to assist our community hospital in a variety of ways. 

Upcoming Events:

Customer Appreciation Week - October 29 - November 2, 2018

Visit the SMMH Gift Shop during Customer Appreciation Week, where there is 20% off select items.  Shoppers will also receive a free gift with purchase (while quantities last). Items are also tax free in the Gift Shop, open Monday to Friday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday and Sunday 1 to 4 p.m.

Christmas Luncheon and Bazaar: November 24, 2018

The Auxiliary to South Muskoka Memorial Hospital will host its annual Christmas Luncheon & Bazaar on Saturday, November 24 from 12 to 4 p.m. at the Bracebridge Rotary Centre.  Various crafts and baking will be for sale, and draw prizes for participants. Spread the word! Tickets are $15 and are available at onsite at SMMH at Muskoka Mocha, the Gift Shop and the Information Desk, as well as Momma Bear's in Bracebridge and Stedmans in Gravenhurst.

In-Hospital Craft Sale: December 5, 2018

The Auxiliary's craft group is hosting its annual in-hospital craft sale on Wednesday, December 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the SMMH lobby.

Scholarships - Apply by May 3, 2019

The SMMH Auxiliary offers two annual scholarship awards of $1,000 each: one to a staff member and one to a local graduating high school student, both of who are continuing their education in the field of health sciences.  Awards are given out at the SMMH Auxiliary AGM in June each year. Guidelines and application forms for staff and students are also available at the Auxiliary's Information Desk at the SMMH Site or by calling 705-645-4404, ext. 3338. The deadline for submitting applications is May 3, 2019.

Staff Scholarship Guidelines and Staff Scholarship Application Form
Student Scholarship Guidelines and Student Scholarship Application Form


We are always grateful to the members of our community who kindly donate items for our raffles, events, Gift Shop, and Craft Group.  Friends of the Auxiliary - both individuals and businesses - are greatly appreciated for the ongoing support they give to our various fundraising ventures.  A special thank you goes to the Gravenhurst and Bracebridge Hospital Bridge Clubs who donate thousands of dollars annually to the Auxiliary as well as Annylynders Hairstyling and the Gravenhurst and Bracebridge branches of the Royal Canadian Legion for their continued support.

Contact Us

For further information, an application, or to offer your assistance, please call 705-645-4404, ext. 3338 and speak with our Co-ordinator of Volunteers. 

Our mailing address is:
SMMH Auxiliary
75 Ann Street
Bracebridge ON P1L 2E4