“First of all, the reason for any donation I’ve made to this hospital is it’s pay-back time for my frequent use of it’s facilities and the top-notch care provided!.” said Alli Graham as she gave her reasons for becoming a Partner with the Shuswap Hospital Foundation.
Alli was born in Chase March 10, 1924, her first three years were in Sqiulax, then Cambie, near Sicamous which was home from 1927 to early 1952. Alli worked at several temporary jobs in early adulthood and by early 1952 after the death of both parents in 1943 and 1950 she had to leave for lack of resources. On January 1, 1953 Alli began as housekeeper for Floyd Graham, a divorced man with 3 children who were aged 11, 8 and 6. The Graham era became permanent with their marriage in December of 1955 and two more children were born January 1957 and May 1958.
With Floyd’s retirement as railway engineer in 1980, Floyd and Alli moved back to Cambie and in September 1999, due to failing health Alli & Floyd acquired a condo unit in mid Sicamous. Floyd passed away suddenly on January 1st 2007 and Alli spent time learning a new style of life alone, new social life, new friends. Alli wrote a book called ‘Life Is What Happen’ which provides a wonderful history of her 94 years here in the Shuswap. At the Shuswap Hospital Foundation we are so very grateful for the most generous support of our newest Partner, Alli Graham.