hospital of the north
annual gratitude report
"A grateful heart is a magnet for miracles."
Thank you to all who supported the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation this year.
Welcome to the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation’s
Annual Gratitude Report
Much like the name indicates, this report delivers on its mission to share our Foundation’s sincere appreciation for the contributions made by our donors. Their generosity saves and changes the lives of hundreds of thousands of patients from northern Alberta and beyond who rely on the Royal Alexandra Hospital and its research and centres of medical excellence.
Saying thank you is one of our values; we call it stewardship. It is accompanied by several others that are core to our vision and mission: Excellence, Integrity, Innovation, Respect, and fostering Strong Relationships. We have used these values to guide the appreciation and stories we share below—stories we hope will demonstrate the real difference each dollar makes and how grateful we are for all gifts, large and small.
working hand in hand with respect
The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation respectfully acknowledges that we are on the traditional lands referred to as Treaty 6 Territory, and that the City of Edmonton and all the people here are beneficiaries of this peace and friendship treaty. Treaty 6 encompasses the traditional territories of numerous western Canada First Nations such as the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Metis, Dene and Nakota Sioux. We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Metis and Inuit people who have called this area home since time immemorial.
The Royal Alexandra Hospital first opened its doors in 1899. It was initially built to serve a population much smaller than today’s, and has since grown to now serve hundreds of thousands of patients every year. These patients hail from a geographical area that stretches to cover one-third of Canada’s landmass, with roughly one-third of the patient population coming from outside of Edmonton. As the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation, we are honoured and humbled to support a hospital serving and providing compassionate care to so many patients with such diverse backgrounds and needs.
Nanahihtamowin (to listen with an open heart)
While we appreciate the value of tried and true methods, we’re also comfortable turning current thinking upside down.
Kiskanowapâhkewin (a keen sense of observation)
Doing the right thing in the right way is the norm, not the exception. This means the little things, when no one is watching, and the big things, when no one can look away.
Kisewâtisiwin (compassion, loving kindness)
We give it freely and equally to all people whom our organization touches.
We are always transparent about our goals and objectives when working with others.
Mâmahwohkamâtowin (working cooperatively)
We say thank you often, and in many ways. We know that donors could choose to support any charity—but they’ve chosen this hospital, and they should feel good about doing so.
Improving the health of Albertans by building passionate community support for the Royal Alexandra Hospital.
The Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation inspires community support for the Royal Alexandra Hospital and its medical centres of excellence, including the Lois Hole Hospital for Women, the CK Hui Heart Centre, the Eye Institute of Alberta and the Orthopedic Surgery Centre.
We would like to acknowledge and share our sincere gratitude with the Indigenous Wellness Core, as well as all of the Indigenous cultural advisors who were consulted, for their many contributions and guidance in the creation of this publication. Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us, helping us better understand the primary Cree values, and helping us on our journey to be as understanding and respectful as we can be.
Illustrations by Jordan Rioux.