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National Philanthropy Day celebrates generosity toward healthcare

November 15, 2019

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Neurosurgeon Dr. Keith Aronyk, right, joins, from left, Guy and Dr. Shelley Scott and Sharon and Jim Brown for a tour of the aptly named Scott and Brown Families Advanced Imaging and Gamma Knife Centre. Their shared gift of $3 million toward the University Hospital Foundation’s Brain Centre Campaign played an integral role in bringing the Gamma Knife and advanced 3T imaging to Edmonton. This year, the foundation has nominated the two couples for a National Philanthropy Day Award through the Association of Fundraising Professionals Edmonton & Area Chapter.

Foundation partners recognize more than 25 individuals and groups making a difference across the province

Story by Amelia Schofield

This Nov. 15, the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) will once again recognize National Philanthropy Day. Each year, this day honours those who give back to their communities.

As part of the celebrations, AFP chapters across Alberta host National Philanthropy Day events to recognize this generosity.

This year, National Philanthropy Day events are taking place in Edmonton, Calgary and Lethbridge to recognize individuals and groups who are contributing their time, talent and resources toward various charities across the province.

Several of Alberta Health Services’ (AHS) foundation partners are taking part and have nominated donors and volunteers for awards programs being held by AFP as part of the day.

Dr. Verna Yiu, President and CEO of AHS, says she’s grateful for these foundations and their donors.

“We appreciate our foundation partners and their supporters for their generous contributions toward healthcare in their communities and across the province,” Dr. Yiu says. “We also extend our congratulations to those receiving special recognition as part of National Philanthropy Day. Your contributions are invaluable and make a meaningful and lasting difference for all Albertans.”

This year, AHS’ foundation partners are recognizing the following individuals and groups as part of National Philanthropy Day awards:

AHS is grateful to its foundation partners, along with these individuals and organizations, for their incredible contributions toward advancing healthcare across Alberta.

Visit for a full list of Alberta’s health foundations.

Written with content contributed by the foundations