30 years and going strong.

Take a stroll through the Foundation's history. You'll be amazed by the commitment and generosity of our community and the scale and scope of what that commitment and generosity has enabled us to accomplish over the years. From board members and staff, to donors and sponsors, partners, volunteers, supporters and so many more - thank you to everyone who has been on this incredible journey with us.

The Leduc General & Auxiliary Hospital and Nursing Home District No. 83 Foundation was incorporated on April 1, 1993.

The inaugural board of trustees includes Marcia MacLeod, Linda Williams, Marvin Molzan and Debbie Bradley.

The Women's Auxiliary officially passes on the planning of the Charity Golf Classic to the Foundation.

The name of the foundation is changed to Leduc Health Foundation and the first annual CycleLA Ride, one of the largest fundraisers at the time, is initiated by board member John Jackie.

The foundation name is changed to the Black Gold Health Foundation.

The Foundation's two major events, the Charity Golf Classic and CycleLA Ride, raise funds to support the expansion of the emergency room at the Leduc Community Hospital. CycleLA raises $43,500 for the Women’s Health Initiative for the purchase of diagnostic equipment at the hospital. Charity Golf Classic proceeds totalling $13,500 complete the Foundation's commitment to purchase an additional colonoscope for the endoscopy program as demand for these services increase.

The Donor Recognition Wall is created with support from board member Don Dinnie who does the design and construction

Neil Wilkinson, Chair of the Capital Health Authority announces the expansion of the emergency department at the Leduc Community Hospital.

The Leduc Community Hospital was built in 1987 to accommodate 8000 visits a year. In 2002, there were more than 24,000 visits to the hospital.

An Arjo Hydraulic Walker is purchased for for the Physical Therapy Department at the hospital.

The Taekwondo Break-A-Thon to raise money for health takes place at the Leduc Composite High School.

Fundraising efforts ramp up for the emergency room and 2nd floor patient lounge. The Palliative Care Room Initiative also begins this year.

Local Safeway staff raise $13,824.23 for the purchase of three state-of-the-art multifunctional stretchers for the Emergency Department.

The Dorothy Mansell Memorial Fund supports the refurbishment of the 2nd floor patient lounge.

The R.E. Seward family donates two new microwaves for the palliative care room and patient lounge.

The Kinettes of Leduc donate funds to implement a digital thermometer distribution program monitoried by Leduc Public Health Centre.

The Leduc Kinsmen Club donates $1600 to purchase a digital weigh scale for the Leduc Public Health Centre.

The $100,000 ER expansion campaign wraps up thanks to CycleLA 2002 and Adesa Edmonton.

The Leduc 4-H Beef Club presents the Foundation with a cheque for $2000 towards the palliative care room.

The 3rd Annual "Night of Toonies" raises $9000 for two flotation chairs.

ADESA Edmonton hosts the 2nd Annual “Some Enchanted Evening Gala” and $38,000 is raised to enhance surgical programs at the Leduc Community Hospital.

More than $164,000 is raised for projects supporting the hospital and health care centres in the Beaumont, Leduc and Thorsby.

The stained glass window in the hospital chapel is purchased and installed thanks to a generous donation from the Robertson family.

Lauryann Tessier becomes the Foundation's Executive Director effective replacing Devon Harrow.

The Lions Club of Leduc purchases thermometers for the “Mom to be Kits” at the regional Health Centres.

Over the past two years, has raised funds to purchase 32 pieces of medical equipment valued at $311,229.34.

Proceeds from the 13th annual Charity Golf Classic raises over $18,000 and supports the purchase of an intubation card for the Operating Room at the hospital.

The CycleLA "Take it to Heart" campaign raises $64,000 for new cardiac care equipment at the hospital.

The new day clinic and support building is under construction at the Leduc Community Hospital site. This new building houses the Leduc Health Centre and Home Care under the new name Day Clinic/Support Building.

The Lions Club purchases a printer for Home Care and the Ladies with the Order of Royal Purple purchase a wound mattress also for Home Care.

The Foundation releases its first commemorative Christmas ornament, a pewter angel, the first in a series of five.

Significant donations are received which support 12 projects and benefiting numerous units in the hospital including: grounds beautification, two Holter monitors, a Telemetry System with five transmitters, dental kits, a Single IV Channel Pump, a Double IV Channel Pump, two Spot Vital Machines, foot care kits, Volunteer Services software, laproscopic instruments, a urology monitor with cart, a general surgery cart with monitor and insufflator.

The Beaumont Hockey Association joins the 7th annual CycleLA. Funds raised by teams gathering pledges is directed towards the purchase of broncoscopy equipment.

The Lions Club continues their support and provides the funds for the purchase of an ODP television and wall mount, urology unified flexible cycstoscope, an endoscopy equipment cart for the hospital and BD digital thermometers for the local health units.

Commemorative Christmas ornament number two of five is released.

The Foundation funds two urology flexible cystoscopes, a portable ultrasound machine along with a surgery waiting room television and furnishings for the hospital volunteer’s lounge.

The Foundation launches its Partners in Care initiative. Inaugural 'Partners' include: Bill Marusy, Canadian Tire, Leduc Direct Cash, ATM, International Region Economic Development Authority, Kwantum, Leduc Kinettes Club, Leduc Representative and Vivid Signs & Designs.

The new Foundation website is launched.

More than 37,000 people utilize patient health services provided at the Leduc Community Hospital in 2007/08.

The first WestJet raffle takes place.

Cliff’s Landscaping hosts a bedding plant sale with proceeds going to the Foundation.

The Foundation purchases a portable ultrasound for the hospital's Emergency Department, six pressure wound mattresses for wheelchairs and beds for Home Care services, two compact refrigerators for family care rooms at the hospital, four hospital-grade televisions for family care rooms and patient lounges and more than 400 ’Patient Care Kits’ for those in need at the hospital.

The very first 'Wish List' campaign is launched to raise funds for: TV stands and accessories in hospital patient care areas, a second probe for the portable ultrasound machine and accessory package for the hospital ER, AED machines for several area facilities and a portable Doppler for Leduc and Area Home Care.

Funds from the Build-a-Quilt Campaign to 'Blanket our Community with Comfort and Care' go towards the purchase of starter kits.

The Family Care Campaign is launched and raises $100,000 in 100 days.

Funds are raised through numerous initiatives including: the Air Canada raffle, Black Gold Quilt Patch Raffle, Head Shave for Health Care, La Pisana Italian Eatery (Leduc) in conjunction with The Pipestone Flyer’s 'Operation Palliative Care' host their 1st annual Bike Rally and Chili Cook Off in support of the campaign.

Proceeds from this campaign support the rejuvenation of two patient/visitor lounges and the outfitting of four family care suites totalling $200,000.

Additional projects funded this year, totalling almost $35,000, include a Smart Cart accessory pack for the portable ultrasound machine at the hospital, a portable Doppler and probe for Home Care, the Memory Wall and two showcase bulletin boards for the elevators at the hospital, an AED machine for the hospital cafeteria, Broda chair and rocker complete with safety accessories.

The Family Care Campaign wraps up with with the refurbishment of one family care suite and two patient/visitor lounges at the hospital.

Online donations are now made to the Foundation via CanadaHelps.

The Foundation hosts its first Will and Estate Planning event with more than 80 people in attendance.

Over 170 kg (1300 rolls) of pennies were donated during the Foundation's 'Penny Drive'.

ATB Leduc not only counts and rolls them but also matches the pennies collected.

The 21st annual Charity Golf Classic raises just over $20,000.

The Nisku Truck Stop hosts a 'by donation' Christmas dinner with proceeds going to the Family Care Program at Leduc Community Hospital.

The Foundation website is updated.

The 22nd annual Charity Golf Classic raises $27,000.

People sign up for the 'Shop and Share' initiative and an average of 3% of each purchase goes towards the Foundation.

Projects supported by the Foundation this year (valued at over $90,000) include: two more family care suites and a family quiet room for the 3rd floor, the completion of the family quiet room for the Emergency Department, Caregiver’s Guidebooks are made available for at home caregivers, eight shower chairs to accommodate patients that have difficulty standing and a full size skeleton model to be used as a teaching tool for Home Care services.

The largest fundraising effort in the Foundation's history, the CT scanner campaign for $1.25 million, is announced. In the first year of the campaign, $181,457 is raised.

Did you know: In 2014, more than 600 patients from Leduc hospital alone were transported out of the community to have CT scans at other facilities.

The Foundation is the Edmonton Prospects 50/50 charity of choice, and the inaugural Oktoberfest event is held with proceeds supporting the CT scanner campaign.

The Nisku Truck Stop's 'By Donation' Christmas dinner serves 800 meals and raises $5700.

Funding is provided to the Family Care Program, which adds a family quiet room to the 3rd floor of the hospital plus upgrades to the patient waiting spaces in the day surgery department.

'Dealing with Grief' brochures are made available for both Emergency and Family Care,

Hospital courtyard upgrades include the addition of new outdoor furnishings and décor items.

Emergency department visits increase to over 25,000 per year.

Although still fundraising for the equipment, the CT scanner is placed in the hospital with 710 scans performed in first 90 days. 3148 scans are completed by November 2015.

Numerous fundraisers take place during the year including:

  • Hockey for Health featuring the CFCW Critters squaring off against the CT Scanners on at the Sobeys Arena in the Leduc Recreation Centre.
  • Wings & Wheels lottery
  • Dinner Theatre presenting “Here on the Flight Path.”

Projects funded in 2016 include:

  • The family care program receives four regency chairs for patients who are bed ridden
  • Upgrading and refurbishing of two day surgery patient waiting spaces is completed
  • Area Public Health Centres receive brain-shaped stress balls to aide in promoting their Brain Injury Awareness program
  • Courtyard upgrades continue with additional purchases of garden items and décor

The CT Scanner Campaign continues and raises just over $400,000.00 toward the $1.25 million dollar goal.

Colleen Zimmerman, Executive Director (left) with board member Linda Chapelsky.
Colleen Zimmerman, Executive Director (left) with board member Linda Chapelsky.

The Black Gold Health Foundation Facebook page launches.

Colleen Zimmerman is hired as the Foundation's Executive Director in May and Amy Farrer joins the team as the Foundation's bookkeeper in August.

The 25th Annual Charity Golf Classic raises $25,000 for the CT scanner.

Equipment update: (1) a vein finder, which will increase patient comfort and decrease their stress when there is a need to have an I.V. inserted (especially for seniors and small children), and (2) a tissue freezer for the operating room that stores tissue used for transplant by our surgeons when performing joint repairs and foot/ ankle surgeries.

Extensive fundraising efforts continue with:

  • An ABBA tribute night hosted by Blackjacks in Nisku in support of the CT scanner
  • The Magic of Lights, hosted by Castrol Raceway
  • ATBCares matching up to 15% of every dollar donated through their portal

Near the end of 2017, the Leduc Lions Club contributes $200,000 and an anonymous donation of $500,000 is received for the CT scanner campaign. The CT scanner is now fully funded.

As it celebrates 25 years, the Black Gold Health Foundation is renamed the "Leduc Community Hospital Foundation and a fresh new logo and brand is unveiled at the annual Charity Golf Classic, which raises $16,000.

In support of the new name and brand, a new modern Foundation website is launched.

The ENT navigation system campaign is launched with the aim of raising more than $160,000 for this specialized equipment.

The Fuel Good Day program at Coop gas bars raises $8500.

The Dough Raiser program at Cobbs sees 5% of sales donated to the Foundation.

Equipment funded this year include: difficult airway managements carts, a portable wheelchair scale, a commode shower chair, therapeutic exercise supplies and the pulse oximetry unit.

Attendees at the 2019 Denim and Diamonds fundraising event.
Attendees at the 2019 Denim and Diamonds fundraising event.

Funds are raised to replace the furniture in the family lounges, quiet rooms and palliative care patient rooms.

Major fundraising events for the year include the Ride Via Rail to Vancouver Adventure Raffle, the 27th Annual Charity Golf Classic and the Denim and Diamonds event with net proceeds earmarked for the ENT navigation system.

In its 27th year, the Charity Golf Classic raises $17,000.

Colleen Zimmerman (left) holds the Chamber award with board member Christina Forth.
Colleen Zimmerman (left) holds the Chamber award with board member Christina Forth.

The global COVID-19 pandemic forces everyone to adjust very quickly to a very different way of life. The Foundation must find new and innovative ways to stay connected with partners, donors and sponsors to continue raising funds for important projects and equipment. The Foundation also looks for creative ways to show support for healthcare and other front ine workers in the region.

The Winging Away with Westjet Raffle continues but the prize is converted to a cash prize in light of the pandemic.

The Foundation receives the Leduc and Westaskiwin Chamber's non-profit of the year award.

Tim Horton's Leduc Common location's Smile Cookie campaign raises a total of $6371 for the Foundation.

The Wishes Come True virtual auction is launched with great support and success.

In addition to fundraising for projects and equipment, the Foundation also begins to more actively promote community health and wellness with the launch of the Explore 24 Challenge.

Concert goers enjoying the entertainment at Bringin' the Country Back.
Concert goers enjoying the entertainment at Bringin' the Country Back.

As the global pandemic continues, the Foundation offers more accessible fundraising and wellness opportunities for donors, partners and sponsors including the High$5 for Health campaign, the Explore More six-month health initiative and the spring Wishes Come True online auction.

With some pandemic restrictions beginning to lift, in July the Foundation hosts a drive-in concert at Castrol Raceway called Bringin' the Country Back and featuring performers George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett.

As it is an outdoor event that can safely accommodate people gathering, in August the Charity Golf Classic also returns.

An enthusiastic golf team shows their support and their style.
An enthusiastic golf team shows their support and their style.

As part of its commitment to people and health care, the Foundation launches its Scholarships and Awards. Scholarships are presented to two local students post-secondary healthcare-related studies and two awards are presented to local health care professionals to support their continuing education and/or professional development.

The Charity Golf Classic theme is "Around the World in 18 Holes". The event is supported by more than 88 golfers and 24 volunteers and raises $16,000 for the current Wish List campaign.

Volunteers and donors have an opportunity to see the radiography system up close.
Volunteers and donors have an opportunity to see the radiography system up close.

The Foundation kicks off its 30th anniversary year with a new capital campaign announcement. The goal is to raise $185,000 to fund the purchase of a Shimadzu Mobile Radiography System, which will be utilized in the emergency department, OR and various medical units throughout the hospital.

The Foundation hosts a special appreciation event at the Leduc Golf Club to say thank you to donors, partners and volunteers for their continued support and contributions over the past 30 years.

130 golfers and 25 volunteers from the community came together for a day of friendly competition and heartfelt giving at the 30th Charity Golf Classic. The Classic and the concurrent Wishes Come True Spring Auction collectively raise over $17,000 for the Shimadzu Mobile Radiography System. This is the highest number of golfers at the event since 2017.

Long-time Partner in Health, the Rotary Club of Nisku-Leduc donates $20,000 towards the Scholarships and Awards program and the current capital campaign.

The rest is yet unwritten. We invite you to help us shape the future of the Foundation and health care in our community.