About Hearts For Healthcare
Hearts for Healthcare is a charitable non-profit organization founded in 2009 in response to growing community healthcare needs. Led by a group of dedicated volunteers, our goal is to enrich and enhance healthcare services in the Cold Lake area.
Our Mission: Leading the community to achieve best in class healthcare through informed dialogue, inspired volunteerism, and innovative thinking.
Our Vision: Leading Community Health Excellence
What We Do
At the core of our organization is a purpose which directly affects your day-to-day life and the life of your family, neighbours, colleagues and friends. Hearts For Healthcare supports the healthcare needs of all our community members in the following ways:
Physician Attraction & Retention
- Physician Incentive Program
- Support for temporary (locum) physicians
- Professional development
- Medical equipment purchases
- Upgrades to medical facilities
- Listen to the needs of Cold Lake residents and health care workers
- Recognize and support local healthcare workers
- Promote awareness of need to fundraise for healthcare
Are you a physician looking to relocate to Cold Lake? Click here to learn more about our Physician Incentive Program.
Our dedicated employees and volunteers represent the diverse makeup of our community — healthcare professionals, business leaders and community members — whom all work tirelessly to enhance healthcare in Cold Lake for the benefit of all. Learn about our Board of Directors and consider joining our team.
Kimberley Coosemans President
Since 1983, Kim has called Cold Lake home for her husband and 3 children (all of whom were born at the Cold Lake Health Centre!) Kim joined the board in 2015 and has been a member of the Gala Committee since 2014. Learn more about Kim below!
Jenny Perras Vice President
Jenny has lived in Cold Lake since 2005 and is a Financial Planner with RBC. She lives with her Husband, who is an active Volunteer with Cold Lake Fire Rescue, and their two children. She believes volunteering is an important first step to community involvement and bettering the place we call home & has been on the board since 2016.
Bonnie Hankey Treasurer
Bonnie was born in Cold Lake, and even after moving several times throughout the years, her and her family moved back in 2005. Bonnie has been involved with various volunteer organizations over the years; minor sports, schools, and of course, Hearts for Healthcare. Bonnie truly believes it is important to give back to your community.
Rob Brassard Vice President
Rob Brassard was a founding director with Hearts for Healthcare and was involved with CLR3, the precursor to Hearts for Healthcare, while it was part of the Cold Lake Regional Chamber of Commerce. Rob was the president of the Chamber as well for many years.
Chantel Axani-Rawlak Director
Chantel has had the privilege of calling Cold Lake home for close to 38 years and is currently the principal of Assumption School. With the majority of Chantel’s family residing in Cold Lake, she feels compelled to give back & help enhance healthcare in Cold Lake in any way possible.
Eva Urlacher Director
Eva was born and raised in Cold Lake and was also the first recipient of the Annual Women of Influence Volunteer Award (2013). Eva was one of the founding members of CLR3 (the precursor to Hearts for Healthcare), and also currently sits on the Appeal Panel for AISH (Assured Income for Severely Handicapped).
Valerie Kossey-Fraser Director
Valerie is proud to have been born and raised in Cold Lake where she resides with her husband and two sons. She is pleased to be able to give back to her community through her involvement in Hearts for Healthcare (2009). Valerie is one of the founding members of the Gala Committee and is passionate about the work that Hearts for Healthcare does and the lives they touch on a daily basis!
Jason Conlin Director
Jason Conlin has been a small business owner for the past 25 years. In 2010, he was admitted to the Law Society of Alberta and commenced practicing in the Lakeland area. He currently owns Lakeland Law Group and recently joined the Hearts for Healthcare board in 2018.
Kari Leiper Hearts Coordinator
Kari was born and raised in Cold Lake. She and her husband took over the family roofing business a few years ago and are so happy to be able to call Cold Lake Home and to raise their son Landon here. She loves that she can be a part of an organization that has such a positive impact on the entire community.
As a volunteer-led charitable organization we are committed to providing complete transparency to our donors and our community as a whole.
Funded by donations and sponsorships
Million invested in healthcare in our community through facility enhancements and equipment purchases
Healthcare professionals attracted to our region through our efforts, including 10 physicians and 1 nurse practitioner
How We Are Funded
Where Funds Are Invested
(2017/18 Fiscal Year)