"From grassroots to a solid foundation . . . finding a space for hospice care in St Albert."


Planting The Seed

February 2, 2011

The quest for more hospice care in St. Albert began as a joint effort of the Christian Reformed Church of St. Albert, Next Christian Community, and St. Albert United Church, as they looked for needs and opportunities to serve the city and surrounding communities. The seed was planted in 2011…

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Community Opportunity Scan

June 1, 2012

In early summer 2012, the spiritual leaders of these churches joined ​forces in establishing the ‘Intersection Project’ in order to find ways to serve the community of St. Albert. Using the Community Opportunity Scan (COS), a process of discovery that highlights opportunities to create awareness of local issues, engage community…

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A Steering Committee

April 1, 2013

Momentum continued to grow and in spring 2013, several talented and passionate people from the community were brought together to form an interim steering committee. They met with various stakeholders including representatives from Sturgeon Hospital, Alberta Health Services, City of St Albert, medical experts and representatives from the community. Upon…

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Work Of The Committees

March 1, 2014

The steering committee quickly realized there is much to learn about end-of-life care. To tackle this large initiative, committees were formed, including incorporation, medical, finance, communication, and research. SASHA asked questions such as Where can space be found? Is an independent, self-managed facility the way to go? Is there space…

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Becoming Incorporated

April 2, 2014

One of the first steps was to formalize the work of the steering committee by incorporating as an association. An application to form an association was forwarded to Service Alberta, and SASHA was formally incorporated as an association on April 2, 2014 as St. Albert Sturgeon Hospice Association (SASHA).

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Building Support

July 17, 2014

The work of SASHA continued throughout Summer 2014. During the St Albert Farmers Market and from various locations across our community, SASHA volunteers collected approximately 2,000 signatures of support for a hospice. A positive response and sound advice was received as we met with several of our local politicians at…

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July 15, 2015

In February 2015, we were successful in our application to the Canada Revenue Agency allowing us to issue charitable donation receipts for any donations made to SASHA. The spring election in 2015 brought in a new government – the New Democratic Party. Always persistent, emails of introduction for support were…

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Supporting Foyer Lacombe

October 1, 2015

Throughout Winter 2015, we continued our visits to then MLA, Minister Stephen Khan and Minister of Service Alberta, and to officials from Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health and others to determine how SASHA can be most effective in support of Foyer Lacombe. We were introduced to Minister Mandel and were…

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Compassionate Care Volunteer Program

January 11, 2018

The Compassionate Care Volunteer Program is focused on a number of fundraising initiatives to move us forward in 2018. With the goal of living life to its fullest in the presence of illness a trained volunteer will be matched with a client to support them in a variety of areas…

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Connect Cafe

February 1, 2018

The Connect Cafe was established in the summer of 2017. The purpose of the Cafe’s is to provide the opportunity for people in the end stages of life and their caregivers to come together in a relaxing environment to learn from experts on a variety of topics, share stories and…

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October 18, 2018

Our Fundraising Committee is focused on a number of very exciting initiatives. We work closely with the Covenant Care group to determine how we can best support and enrich the care in the Foyer Lacombe Hospice. We then approach our community in a variety of ways for funds to support…

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