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The mission of the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation is to provide charitable financial resources for the continuing improvement of the facilities and services of the Canmore General Hospital through the encouragement of philanthropy and the guardianship of these financial resources.


Vision statement

  • Supporting the present

  • Ensuring the future

  • Creating a legacy …. for a healthy community

Values and Guiding Principles

  • Excellence: We seek to earn the support of donors and the community by bringing professionalism to all our endeavours. We seek to enhance their understanding and trust of the foundation and its operations.

  • Methods: We achieve our goals through resourcefulness, innovation and commitment.

  • Integrity: We bring integrity and honesty to all our actions, realising that the trust of donors and the community is critical to our success.

  • Accountability: We are open, transparent and accountable to our donors, our community and the hospital.

  • Relationships: We are committed to building strong, productive relationships with all our volunteers, donors, the community at large, as well as the Canmore General Hospital and its staff. We value all contributions be they financial contributions, volunteer time or staff time.

  • Passion: We are passionate about making a meaningful contribution to the Canmore General Hospital, our donors and our community.

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New mom Jackie R. described the experience she had during her stay at CGH saying the nurses were “so responsive to what was happening,” adding that the nurses and doctors “made me feel comfortable and safe.”


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 enhance the patient care provided by the hospital through equipment purchases, programs, staff 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 eleven 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. Her experience as a leader was developed in several roles: regional co-ordinator for the UN Association of Canada; board member of Credit Union Atlantic; board member of the Nova Scotia – Gambia Association; and vice-chair of Fusion Halifax, a youth organization focused on improving city life. She has served as the Atlantic Youth Ambassador for Passages to Canada and an Aga Khan Foundation of Canada Fellow.

Al-Abbasi has worked with International Ocean Institute Canada, and Immigrant Services Association of Nova Scotia as an employment specialist. She has also served as general manager of the Canmore Folk Music Festival Society; board member of the Canmore Business and Tourism; member of the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership employment and social integration committees. She currently leads the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation as their Executive Director.

Al-Abbasi was recognized as an Association for Healthcare Philanthropy 40 Under 40 honoree in 2019, as one of the Top 50 Atlantic Canadian Leaders under 40 in 2015, and as one of Atlantic Canada’s emerging leaders by the 21 Inc Leaders Program in 2014. 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 several publications, including The Globe and Mail, as one of the “Faces of Immigration,” in the national campaign of the Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, and in the Canadian Immigrant Magazine. She was also recognized as a community leader, such as one of Halifax’s “Power People” in Halifax Magazine, a Canadian “Agent of Change” in the Bridges that Unite national exhibit – a partnership between Canada and the Aga Khan Development Network.

Administrative Support 

We are fortunate to enjoy administrative support through Alberta Health Services & Canmore General Hospital

  • Kerry Field, Bookkeeper

  • Dawn Beaumont, Admin Assistant


  • Steven Scott, Chair

  • Pierre Boucher, Vice Chair

  • Dave Somerville, Treasurer

  • Dr. Mike Wickham, Secretary

  • Louise Green, Director

  • Kyla Conner, Director

  • Dr. Gert Du Plessis, Director

  • Jon Olthuis, Director

  • Pierre Doyon, Director

  • Belinda Fox, Director

  • Ex-Officio: Barb Shellian

Annual Financial Statements

The fiscal year for the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation is April 1 through March 31 each year. These are our most recent audited annual financial statements:

Soulafa Al-Abbasi, Excutive Director, CAHCF

Soulafa Al-Abbasi, Excutive Director, CAHCF


Barb Shellian, Director of Bow Valley Community and Rural Health, started as a nurse at the Canmore General Hospital nearly four decades ago before its incorporation into AHS. At the time, the small hospital was run by volunteers.