The Ladies Auxiliary, representing six churches in Winkler, as well as Salem Foundation organized a BBQ fundraiser banquet at Salem Home on Wednesday evening. The event aimed to generate funds for the palliative care unit, enhancing the comfort and care provided to not only the residents, but also their families.

"It's a place for families to just sit and relax, maybe take a break or make arrangements away from the residents," said Karin Oliveira, CEO of Salem Home and Executive Director of the Salem Foundation.

The annual Salem Home BBQ fundraiser returned this year, reintroducing the beloved McMenno Burger. 

"I think it's crucial there doing the right thing, and getting the community involved," said Kevin Giesbrecht, a supporter who attended the event. "The funds raised always go to the right place at the right time."

The crowd-pleaser menu featured sausage burgers, hotdogs, baked beans, potato chips, and chocolate chip cookies. In addition to the delicious food, attendees enjoyed live entertainment by The Quonset Brothers, adding a lively atmosphere to the evening.

“I figured it was a good cause, it's for palliative care… the funds are always needed… whether that's equipment or staffing or bedding, it makes our jobs easier. Depending on the needs of the resident, it also helps with repositioning better as well as requires less staffing to maneuver,” said Susie Dueck, a staff member who works in palliative care.

Organizers of the barbecue expressed their enthusiasm about the raised funds' positive impact on the residents, ensuring that the palliative care unit can continue to offer the highest quality of care and support to those in need.