Chilliwack Welcome Wagon representatives.
Carol Vance is on the bottom right.
1930, Welcome Wagon has been synonymous with New Year's babies and
presenting proud parents with gifts donated from local businesses at the
It's a nice thing and everybody's happy, right? Not so.
Last year, Fraser Health Authority (FHA) took the unprecedented step of
banning Welcome Wagon from Chilliwack General Hospital.
"Unfortunately we were unable to make a presentation to the New Years
Mom this year. The Chilliwack Hospital won't approve the visit," said
said Chilliwack Welcome Wagon representative Carol Vance in an email to
The Voice last week.
According to Vance, Welcome Wagon is too commercial for FHA's liking.
"The reason we are not allowed to bring gifts etc. to the New Years mom
is Fraser Health considers this advertising, and for the same reason, we
cannot leave our Welcome Wagon cards," she said.
Initially, Vance said that she wasn't given a reason for the brush off.
"The gal that I was talking to, removed our Welcome Wagon cards, without
any explanation or phone call, & when I phoned her regarding this, she
was appalled that we had been presenting the New Years mom for years.
This all happened last year between Christmas & New Years," said Vance.
The FHA did not respond directly to The Voice, however after our
inquiry, they called Vance last Wednesday with an explanation.
"I did receive a phone call from the Maternity Manager regarding this,"
said Vance. "Thank you for all your help."
Welcome Wagon Area Manager Pat Walker, refused to discuss the issue.
For more information about Welcome Wagon and to register for events such
as the Bridal Shower or Bridal Fair, visit
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