Many small efforts lead to big results
The Sheep River Health Trust began as a women’s auxiliary, raising money for the Oilfields General Hospital through small funding efforts. In 1994 the Oilfields Foundation was established as a registered charitable organization to raise funds for the hospital and the adjoining senior’s long-term care facility, Rising Sun Long Term Care, in Black Diamond.
In 2004 Okotoks region was added to the Oilfields Foundation mandate. The Oilfields/Okotoks Foundation was renamed to the Sheep River Health Trust. The organization has expanded its services from funding equipment purchases to also supporting wellness programs and facilitating health services.
The Sheep River Health Trust is dedicated to supporting the provision of comprehensive health services in the Foothills area. The Health Trust aims to promote health and well-being throughout our local communities by working in partnership with the residents of the area.
The SRHT is a registered charitable organization that raises funds to maintain and enable health services and wellness programs for the residents of Longview, Diamond Valley, Millarville, DeWinton, Okotoks, and the surrounding rural area.
Wellness – Includes physical, mental, and spiritual Health and wellness which is the responsibility or everyone. The Trust’s mission is to secure the resources and services that deliver wellness.
Philanthropy – Encourages and fosters financial generosity and volunteerism for residents and businesses in our community.
Compassion – Ensuring each decision is based on compassion for individuals and families in need.
Engagement – The Trust provides opportunities for members of its community and AHS staff to collaborate in planning meaningful activities, programs, and services that achieve the objectives of the SRHT.
Respect – Each member of our community is valued; the Trust respects its donors, volunteers, and Alberta Health Services staff. The Trust provides a positive work environment for its employees, volunteers, and directors.
Diversity & Inclusion – All members of the Foothills are welcome as we strive to create a happy and healthy community.
Accountability – The Trust is fully transparent and accountable to the community through its operations and activities, and as a respected non-governmental organization, which reports on its performance annually to the community.
Our Board of Trustees
The SRHT successfully raises funds to enhance and support community health services in areas not provided for by government funding. Our volunteer Board is comprised of up to 14 trustees and are responsible for the overall administration of the Health Trust. We require all Board Trustees to attend 5 Board meetings yearly, the AGM, 2-3 yearly planning meetings, and stand on one committee. Trustees are encouraged to attend most, if not all of the major fundraisers hosted by the Trust
While the Board encourages membership from professionals in Health, Finance, Law and HR, as well as individuals with experience in fundraising, members of the general public with an interest in Health Services are encouraged to apply. The Health Trust has a place for everyone.
We moved to Okotoks just over 15 years ago and have been so thankful every time we didn’t have to go into “the big city” for our health care needs. This became even more prominent once we had our two kids. In the early days of having our daughter, we were introduced to the Sheep River Health Trust through their Photos with Santa event which was yet another great reason that we didn’t have to travel into Calgary AND were able to support some amazingly impactful health initiatives that SRHT was funding. I had the great opportunity to become a bigger part of this when I joined SRHT’s Board 3 years ago and have gained an even deeper appreciation for how much funding is needed to support these critical projects and equipment in an effort to keep healthcare as local as we can here in the Foothills.
They say 'It’s not if, but when' … when one day happens that I need extra care, I would love to know I can get that care locally and stay near my home, and I hope that by being a part of the SRHT we can ensure all residents of the foothills can be cared for in their local community. I love being a part of Radiothon, partially because of the energy of the community, partially because of the sunshine, and because its a direct way the SRHT gets to collaborate with other people to make the event even more special and raise a lot of money to serve our community.
I began volunteering about a decade ago Sheep River Trust Art program assisting Andrea Mitchell. Each quarter we take in new art pieces for display and sale. It’s a treat to see quarterly and keeping track of sales during each quarter. I enjoy art and contributing to our community are a win/win for me. I live in Okotoks and have become acquainted with quite a few of our artists which helps us keep a vibrant roster of contributors. I particularly appreciate the contribution art sales make to supporting equipment purchases in the Foothills medical community. More recently I joined the Board as believe in continuing a win/win situation with the Sheep River Health Trust. Working together we do make a difference!
When I look at volunteering in my community, I look for organizations that make my community better or make my community safer for my family. The Sheep River Health Trust is an organization that accomplishes both as it supports children in the School Meal program, it buys medical equipment such as a Portable Ultrasound machine for Oilfields General Hospital or Diagnostic Imaging chairs for the Okotoks Urgent Care Centre and it helps provide spiritual care at the Oil Fields Hospital to name a few. Best of all, all of this community work is done very quietly in the background as our community grows and it deals with rapidly growing Health and Wellness needs. This is one of my favorite charities and I volunteer here because the Sheep River Health Trust does so much to make my community better and safer, and I could think of no place better to give my volunteer time to.
Spending the day with Santa and enjoying the magical feeling that the children experience is one of my favorite volunteer days with the Sheep River Health Trust. Pictures with Santa is just one of the fundraising events the Sheep River Health Trust has to provide much needed financial support for the health centres and programs in our community. As a member of the Board of Directors for the Trust, I take great pride in the many health funding projects that we financially support. In my opinion, the Sheep River Health Trust and all of its dedicated volunteers are true Foothills Community Health Heroes.
We moved to the Diamond Valley 15 years ago with a plan to eventually retire. We wanted a small community with great health care for our senior years. We found it here with a great hospital in Oilfields and a great bunch Doctors at the Foothills Family Clinic. I have always believed in giving back and over the years have volunteered in various capacities. I look forward to serving on the Sheep River Health Trust and hopefully do my part in ensuring continued great Health care in the area.
Dr. Bob Haslam called me over 20 years ago to help establish a financial review process for the newly formed Sheep River Health Trust. It has been an exciting relationship, which has enabled me to learn about the numerous health and wellness needs of children, youth, adults, and seniors in our region. I loved being involved in the golf tournament, which was one of the most yearly anticipated events in the Foothills, and other programs that enabled the Trust to support our committed team of AHS caregivers in the Foothills. I am proud of my work as a volunteer, Director, and recently Chair of the Trust. I would not have missed it for the world.