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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.



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.


Table setting of wedding venue — the Cowley Lions Campground Stockade near Pincher Creek in southwestern Alberta.


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Hand on Co-op gas pump handle

Local Co-op helps health foundation ‘fuel’ good

In a play on words, Pincher Creek Co-op held its annual Fuel Good fundraiser Sept. 19 at its gas bars in Pincher Creek, Coleman and Sparwood. The feel-good event, started by Federated Co-operatives in 2017, has managed to raise nearly $3 million across Western Canada.

“It is every September, usually the third Tuesday of the month, and the individual location chooses a charity of their choice,” explained Kari Zieffle, manager of the Pincher Creek gas bar. “That charity then benefits from five cents a litre from every litre sold on that day.” 

In the case of Coleman and Sparwood, it was for the local food banks. For the Ranchland Mall location, the fundraiser was for the Windy Slopes Health Foundation

“The hospital benefits the entire community and, while we could easily choose another non-profit, we feel Windy Slopes plays an important role to not only Pincher Creek, but to Piikani and the surrounding region,” Kari said.

In the past, the health foundation has managed to raise thousands of dollars toward much-needed equipment in the hospital, she added.

“Our hospital, for example, might not be able to afford a CAT scan machine. I think, this year, they put new small appliances in the staff lounge — a toaster and microwave. They’ve bought ultrasound machines. They’ve bought things that the hospital needs, but are out of the purview of their current funding or what their funding might be.”

Kari said Co-op members were also allowed to hand over their coupons to go toward the grand total.

“We also donated one dollar from every coffee or slurpee we sold,” she said. “After we topped it up, we were able to donate $1,500 to Windy Slopes.”

For the Coleman and Sparwood gas bars, it was the first time Fuel Good Day was held.

“Thanks to the support of the two communities, it was a great success,” said Kayne Evans, the company’s business-to-consumer division manager. “The food banks in each location will be receiving $800 as a result.”


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Kids trick or treating in lion costumes – one roaring and one smiling on the front page of Shootin' the Breeze. Alberta news from Pincher Creek area and Crowsnest Pass.

Nov. 2, 2022

Lion’s share of fun

Ames and Miles were spotted enjoying Spooky Town and the great weather Saturday at Kootenai Brown Pioneer Village in Pincher Creek.

Nurse Trudi Bennett and Dr. Gavin Parker show a new roller board

Windy Slopes Health Foundation reports successful 2020

Despite a crazy and tumultuous 2020, Windy Slopes Health Foundation persevered and had a successful year, purchasing several new pieces of equipment for the Pincher Creek hospital.

The year began with half a new board of trustees for the foundation after several members retired or stepped down for personal reasons. Maggie Olson became chairwoman and Reona Erickson took over the role of administrative assistant from Natalie Barfuss, who moved on to another job.

Suddenly, the Covid-19 pandemic struck Alberta and all face-to-face meetings were being moved online and held via Zoom.

“We not only were getting used to new trustees and myself being the new chairperson, but then we had to do Zoom meetings, and I’m afraid I’m an old lady and it was quite the experience,” Maggie says with a chuckle. “We’ve done very, very well with it.”

A generous $10,000 donation from Twin Butte resident Phil Rickard went toward keeping patients at the hospital connected to loved ones through the purchase of iPads and mobile phones, as well as general comfort items. Windy Slopes donated $1,000 of the funds to Aakom-Kiyii Health Services in Brocket.


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The pandemic couldn’t stop businesses from holding their annual charity events for the foundation, either. Tim Hortons donated proceeds from its weeklong Smile cookie campaign, and Co-op Gas Bar raised funds through its annual Fuel Good Day. Pincher Creek Credit Union also showed its community-minded giving spirit and donated roller boards.

Several service groups in the area displayed their true colours with generous donations. These groups include the Pincher Cowley Roaring Lions, Cowley Lions, and Pincher Creek Lions.

“They all came through with donations still, even in the Covid world,” says Maggie. “We were very blessed to still have their support.”

Workers at the Pincher Creek Health Centre participated in the WinWin Staff Lottery. The 50-50 is held across Alberta, with half the proceeds going to the winner’s local health foundation. Last year, two winners were chosen, one of whom happened to be from Pincher Creek. Because of this, Windy Slopes Health Foundation received over $8,000.

Throughout the year, the foundation applied for several grants, and received general donations from residents of the Pincher Creek area, including an in-trust donation from an estate. Grants were awarded by Shell and Canada Growers, and an application was sent to Alberta Health Services, but nothing has been heard yet.


Aerial view of the Cowley Lions Campground on the Castle River in southwestern Alberta

Normally, Windy Slopes also applies for a grant through Pieridae Energy, but was unable to do so last year due to a capital equipment freeze.

“Right when their deadlines were due, we didn’t have any equipment that we could actually let them know about … so we had to just hold on that,” says Maggie.

Though the health foundation’s annual casino couldn’t be held in 2020, it was still able to use funds left over from the 2019 event to purchase equipment for the hospital.

Considering the worldwide pandemic, Maggie says Windy Slopes was flabbergasted by the success it had last year. In fact, donation numbers were nearly on par with previous years.

“We are so lucky. We have so many such generous, generous people,” adds Maggie.

Windy Slopes Health Foundation capped off 2020 with its Trees of Hope campaign, which proved to be highly successful.

Thanks to everyone’s support, the foundation was able to purchase $46,337.81 worth of equipment, which will greatly benefit Pincher Creek Health Centre.