Community Outreach

Community Outreach Initiatives for 2022/2023

Roll Out Dates

November 2022 –  Christmas Placemats for Meals-on-Wheels and St. Martha’s 
Contact: Chris P

January, 2023 – YWCA Tote Bags,  Contacts: Deb B, Siobhan                
Precious Belongings Bags, Contacts: Albertina, Dale
March 2023 – Touch Quilts, Contact: Jorie A.
On-Going – Hugs quilts.  Contact: Lori J.,  Deb B. for backing and batting 

Program administration or questions Contact Siobhan 

HUGS is a guild project that provides handmade quilts created by MCQG members for residents living in the Bow Valley who are receiving chemotherapy treatments at the Canmore General Hospital as well as for Guild members who have become seriously ill.

HUGS quilts typically measure 50 x 70 inches which is large enough to cover patients while in their chemotherapy chairs, with a flannel backing to keep them warm. This project is open to all members of our guild regardless of their level of skill. The guild has an annual budget for this project and members also donate fabric and their time and flannel for the backing.

A patient, who wishes to receive a HUGS quilt has the opportunity to select a quilt from photographs of available quilts kept in a binder at the Hospital. The selected quilt is delivered to the patient in a matching carrying bag and it is theirs to keep. Since the program inception in 2012 hundreds of  quilts had been donated.  Contact Deb B. for batting and/or backing if required at

Touch Quilts  We now have touch quilt kits.  A complete fun and colourful package to make a lap sized touch quilt top.  Tops are made with nine squares, three rows of three squares that are cut at 7″ each before assembly.  Touch quilts are made of colourful fabric with varying textures. Add-ons such as pockets, Velcro and ties provide dementia patients with tactile and visual stimulation. Quilts are backed with flannel to keep them from slipping. Our guild continues to make touch quilts for the Bow Valley.  These are a fun and easy project, completed in several hours. If you’d like to have a kit please contact Jorie at


YWCA Tote Bags are made in support of women in need staying at the Banff YWCA.   The pattern for the tote bags can be found with this link: Simple Tote Bag 2020 

Precious Belongs Tote Bags are donated to the the PALLIATIVE CARE SOCIETY OF THE BOW VALLEY for family members of loved ones.  Here are the instructions for making the tote bag: Precious Belongings Tote Bag

Christmas Placemats are made every year in support of our seniors in Banff and Canmore.         Placemats are gifted at Christmas time with many of the placemats have been made with non-seasonal themed fabric on the back in order that the recipient may use the beautiful placemats all year round.

In 2021 we distributed about 35 placemats to St. Martha’s (at Banff Mineral Springs hospital) and the Mt. Edith House Seniors home in .  In Canmore 18 placemats were provide to our local “Meals on Wheels” organization.