Each year, Albertans give $157 million to the more than 70 health foundations and trusts in the prov- ince affiliated with Alberta Health Services.
“The contributions of health foundations and trusts
are a key component in AHS meeting the needs of local
communities, patients and their families,” says Lynn
Redford, AHS’s vice-president of Community Engage-
ment. “The donors to these organizations support
everything from capital campaigns to build new hospi-
tals to quality-of-life programming that brings a piano
How funds are raised is as diverse as health
The Chinook Regional Hospital Foundation in
Lethbridge holds a 50/50 staff payday lotto twice a
CT (computerized tomography) scanner and a healing
garden at the new Fort Saskatchewan Hospital (which
will replace city’s current health centre in 2011).
Each July, the Alberta Cancer Foundation’s Weekend
to End Women’s Cancers in Calgary raises millions of
dollars for cancer research and treatment. Over the past
four years, the Drayton Valley Health Services Foundation has staged an annual dinner theatre annually
to raise funds for a handibus, fetal heart monitor and
other equipment. And in Edmonton, $10 million was
raised to help build the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.
In Fort McMurray, the Northern Lights Health Foundation generates support through its annual Festival
of Trees each November. And the Sheep River Health
Trust supports health care services in Okotoks and
Black Diamond with an annual golf tournament.