About Us

The Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation is a registered charity, separate from the Canmore General Hospital. Funds raised by the Foundation through the generosity of our donors does not replace base funding through Alberta Health Services but enhances the patient care provided by the Hospital through equipment purchases, programs, staff training/education, and improvement of facilities. 


Executive Director  –  Soulafa Al-Abbasi   



(403) 678-4358 

Soulafa Al-Abbasi is a Syrian-born Canadian citizen. She is a dynamic leader with a flair for networking and has more than eight years’ experience in capacity building, strategic planning, program development and non-profit management.


Al-Abbasi holds a master of development economics from Dalhousie University. She is a published author of a learned treatise on micro-finance, institution-building and development. She was vice-chair of Fusion Halifax, a youth organization focused on improving city life. She has been a board member of Credit Union Atlantic and the Board of Nova Scotia – Gambia Association, as well as the Atlantic Youth Ambassador for Passages to Canada; the regional co-ordinator for the UN Association of Canada, and an Aga Khan Foundation Fellow. She has worked with International Ocean Institute Canada, and at Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia as an employment specialist, before moving to Alberta. She also served on the Canmore Business and Tourism Board, and was a member of the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership employment and social integration committees.


Currently, she is the executive director of the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation and is one of the main interpreters for the Bow Valley Syrian Refugee Project. Prior to this, she was the general manager of the Canmore Folk Music Festival Society.


Al-Abbasi was recognized as one of Atlantic Canada’s emerging leaders by the 21Inc Leaders Program in 2014 and as one of the Top 50 Atlantic Canadian Leaders under 40 in 2015. She was shortlisted as a Top 75 finalist for the RBC Top 25 Canadian Immigrant Awards of 2016. She was also selected as a visionary local leader to present at the CBC/Radio-Canada 2017 Starts Now.


Al-Abbasi has been featured in The Globe and Mail as one of the “Faces of Immigration”, the Canadian Immigrant Magazine, and the national campaign of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21. She was also recognized as one of Halifax’s “Power People” in Halifax Magazine, and profiled as a Canadian “Agent of Change” in the Bridges that Unite national exhibit – a partnership between Canada and the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN).

Administrative Support  –  Kerry Field, Bookkeeper, Dawn Beaumont & Leslie Reid, Alberta Health Services, Canmore General Hospital

Board of Directors

  • Jack Van Deventer, Chair
  • Pierre Boucher, Vice Chair
  • Dave Somerville, Treasurer
  • Steven Scott, Secretary
  • Mike Wickham, Director
  • Louise Green, Director
  • Kyla Conner, Director 
  • Gert Du Plessis, Director 
  • Jon Olthuis, Director 
  • Pierre Doyon, Director 



The fiscal year for the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation is April 1st through March 31st each year. Our last audited Annual Financial Statement is as follows:
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