About the Northern Lights Health Foundation

Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation serves to engage people, inspire philanthropy and secure funds to improve health and promote wellness in the Wood Buffalo region.

Through capital campaigns, signature events and various other fundraising initiatives, the Health Foundation funds vital medical equipment, programs and services bringing care closer to home for Wood Buffalo residents.

With donor support, the future of health care in Wood Buffalo is brighter than ever. The $16-million Gratitude Campaign is the largest in the Health Foundation’s history and will forever change the face of health care in our region. To show your support, donate today at gratitudecampaign.ca.

7 Hospital Street
Fort McMurray, AB T9H 1P2
T: 780.791.6041

Charitable Registration Number: BN 107395030 RR0001

Our Mission

Engaging people, inspiring philanthropy and securing funds to improve health and promote wellness in Wood Buffalo.

Our Vision

World class health care in Wood Buffalo.

Our Values

Passion: we are excited to connect the community to our mission; we are committed to investing in the best health care; we are dedicated to the wellness of our region.

Integrity: we honour our word; we are transparent and accountable; we appreciate your gift and will handle it with the utmost care.

Innovation: we strive for improvement; we are visionary in our thinking; we are leaders in collaboration; we believe anything is possible.

Respect: we demonstrate respect for our region’s stakeholders, their diversity, unique needs and contributions.

Message from Chair, Board of Directors

WE are HERE – WE are HOME – now let’s rebuild better than ever! Those sentiments struck a chord with all of us when we returned to our community after the May 2016 wildfire and we quickly realized that our Health Foundation work and the Gratitude Campaign held more meaning than ever.

We were tremendously humbled by the outpouring of donations received by the Foundation this past year to support health care services, programs, and technology. Immediately after the fire, donations came from all across the country, and most importantly, from right here in our community. Over and over you told us, “I wouldn’t come back until the hospital was up and running”, and “where would we be without our health care system?’. Where indeed.

I am currently serving my second year as the Chair of the Northern Lights Health Foundation Board of Directors and I can’t express how proud I am to lend my time and attention to this organization. One of our most important jobs is to make sure we have excellent leadership at the organization level and I am pleased that Cindy Amerongen joined the team as Executive Director last year. It’s been a busy year and we are happy to share the results with you.

Melanie Antoine

Chair, Board of Directors

Message from Executive Director

‘Nothing Levels Up Your Happiness Like Giving’

‘It starts with Health’. That’s how we begin each conversation when we present the various elements of the comprehensive Gratitude Campaign to prospective donors. Every person in this region is touched by healthcare and, with projects ranging from renewal of rural clinics through to the creation of innovative surgical suites; the campaign is important to everyone.

The Gratitude Campaign was launched in 2016 just prior to the fire and we are very proud to thank you for the $7.5-million in donations and pledges received to date. ‘It starts with health’ is more than a tag line to us, it’s everything we feel about what grounds us in community.

Beyond the campaign, each and every time we asked for donor love to help support our regional health system, you responded to our call. You attended our signature events in record numbers, you put on your own fundraisers and sent in the donations, you purchased raffle tickets, and you thought deeply about significant gifts that would support advanced healthcare now and for the next generations.

Your individual and collective gifts are closing the gap between your dreams for local health care at the world class level and the creation of the spaces, technology, and delivery for those dreams to be a reality. The annual report is our chance to share your health care donation stories and demonstrate our good stewardship to enhance the impact of your gifts. Please keep your donor love coming; we have a lot more work to do together!

Cindy Amerongen

Executive Director

Northern Lights Health Foundation Board Executive

April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

The committed individuals who guide our work

Melanie Antoine


Dean Wilcox

Vice Chair

Nelson Barbosa


Kyle Taback


NLHF Board Members

April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

Dr. Sandra Corbett

Board Member

Corie Flett

Board Member

Greg Fuhr

Board Member

Doug Janikiewicz

Board Member

Brenda Sautner

Board Member

Robert Stone

Board Member

Al Woods

Board Member

Guy Hackwell

Board Member

Dan Fouts

Board Member

Julio Florez

Board Member

Honourary Board Members

April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

Leo Roberts

Tim Walsh

Dave Tuccaro

Gord Ball

Marla Dorin

Joe MacNeil

John and Leslie Wilson

Peter Read

Northern Lights Health Foundation Staff

April 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017

Cindy Amerongen

Executive Director

Lorna Ash

Director of Development

Amy Boutilier

Finance Manager and Administrator

Jessica Lipton

Events Manager

Lana Luchenski

Donor Relations Officer

Annette LeBrun

Administrative and Special Projects Officer

Nolan Haukeness

Donor Relations Officer

Karen Hodder

Events Assistant

Cristina Lucarelli

Donor Relations - Communications & Marketing Officer

You make a difference!

Thanks to your support in 2016, the Health Foundation committed $7.9-million to fund vital medical equipment, programs and services. Included in this amount are two historic funding agreements (Memorandum of Understanding) between the Health Foundation and AHS.

Our Supporters

Together Our Supporters contributed $3.76 million in 2016-2017