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Rita Spencer and Joyce Taylor in front of the Windy Slopes Health Foundation recognition wall at the Pincher Creek Health Centre

Windy Slopes has successful year of fundraising

We would like to begin this year’s Windy Slopes Health Foundation report by thanking the people of our community (near and far) for their generosity in supporting what we continue to do to enhance patient care at the Pincher Creek Health Centre.

In these economic times, with the cost of everything on the rise, we have been overwhelmed with gratitude for your continued support. We could not do what we do without all of you.

It has been another successful year for Windy Slopes with donations and equipment purchases. We were able to raise a total of $91,734.72 in donations, memorials, grants, Trees of Hope campaign, etc., making our total purchases for 2023 at $79,093.79.

As of February 2024, Trees of Hope has brought in a total of $25,787.50, once again exceeding our target of $25,000. Donations for the campaign were made by private citizens and local businesses, service groups and interest groups. The Trees of Hope campaign will allow the foundation to help refurbish the palliative family room.

The foundation, with support of the site manager, was successful in supplying the Pincher Creek Health Centre with a variety of equipment and programs.

These purchases range from a Giraffe Warmer for infants, a labour and delivery cart, stretchers, therapeutic drums and other items to enhance the care at our site.


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Our most ambitious undertaking, which took over two years to complete, was the grounds enhancement project. Headed by board member Diane Burt Stuckey, along with consultation from the site manager and grounds employees, shrubs and trees were planted this past summer to enhance the existing grounds.

2023 brought to the foundation three new board members and we thank them for joining our team. One board member moved to our members-at-large list, and one has moved away from the community. We thank them for their participation and dedication to Windy Slopes.

Thank you to the local businesses for their continued support by including us in things such as the Co-op’s Fuel Good Days, Tim Hortons Smile Cookie Day, McDonald’s grand opening, WinWin participation, Co-op Agro, and our local media, Shootin’ the Breeze, for sharing our success stories.

We continue to upgrade the Wall of Recognition at the health centre as needed, with the help of Signs Unlimited. The donation box in the waiting room is checked regularly and acknowledgments are sent out promptly.

Thank you, again, from the Windy Slopes Health Foundation board: chairperson Suzanne Curran, vice-chair BJ Scott, Dennis Robin, DonaLee Smith, Harley Crowshoe, Diane Burt Stuckey, Reona Erickson, Tracey Corriea, Joyce Taylor, Jo Baker, Rita Spencer and administrative assistant Michelle Visser.



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Christmas lights on metal tree outlines of Windy Slopes Health Foundation's Trees of Hope Campaign in Pincher Creek

Pincher Creek Trees of Hope campaign is on

As the holiday season approaches, Windy Slopes Health Foundation has launched its 33rd annual Trees of Hope fundraising campaign.

The campaign runs each year to provide equipment or programs to enhance patient care at Pincher Creek Health Centre.

After consulting trustees and the site manager, Tracey Correia, the foundation’s project this year is to help in the renovation process of the palliative care family room.

“For family and friends of those who are in palliative care, it is important to have a welcoming space to refresh, get some work done, or to gather as a family during a stressful time. It improves the ability to provide support to the patient,” says Michelle Visser, administrator with Windy Slopes.

The room is slated for a new paint job, flooring, furniture and more, which is not a cheap undertaking. Funds raised from the campaign will go directly toward the upgrades, and Windy Slopes has set this year’s fundraising goal at $25,000.

The 2022 Trees of Hope campaign raised money for projects centred around pediatric and neonatal patients. Windy Slopes had a fundraising goal of $27,000 and raised over $31,000.

The foundation purchased a Broselow pediatric cart and Lifepak 15, which was considered a great asset to the pediatric unit at the local health centre.


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“With any funds raised, whether through Trees of Hope, in memoriam, or general donations, we are dedicated to enhancing patient care, supporting priority equipment and program needs,” says Michelle.

“We use donations made to the foundation wisely and with much consultation.”

To make a donation, you can visit the Windy Slopes website at, send an e-Transfer to the foundation at or mail a cheque to PO Box 2554, Pincher Creek, AB, T0K 1W0. You may also drop off donations in person at the health centre.

On behalf of Windy Slopes Health Foundation, thank you to those who provide their support in enhancing patient care for Pincher Creek and area.


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Male youth pins poppy to Remembrance Day cross held by female youth, while another male youth stands at attention, on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze. Alberta news from Pincher Creek area and Crowsnest Pass.

Nov. 9, 2022

We will remember them

Peter Van Bussel and Abigail Rigaux receive a poppy from Walker Anderson at the MHHS Remembrance Day assembly in Pincher Creek.