In the midst of an unprecedented disaster, Alberta Health Services staff and patients have exhibited tremendous bravery and determination.

Even when battling fear, uncertainty and fatigue, our people have risen above with grace and humility.

We have worked together as a team, stronger than ever, despite the circumstances.

There is much to be proud of and many people to thank.

Here we share stories of courage and hope.

Courage & Hope: AHS Stories from the Fort McMurray Wildfire Video


Fort McMurray, Recovery Can Take Time


Everyone recovers from a disaster differently and that’s okay More.

Not your average first week on the job


Safety advisor focuses on positives after Fort McMurray evacuation More.

‘Can I help?’

continuing care residents

Fear didn’t keep Fort McMurray Continuing Care resident Frank Gibot from lending a hand post-evacuation More.

Recognition for Fort McMurray staff’s tireless efforts

continuing care residents

How Do You Say Thank You? More.

A brush with royalty for returning continuing care residents

continuing care residents

Residents invited to luncheon with Sophie Rhys-Jones, Countess of Wessex More.

A new life arrives

first baby

NLRHC staff help deliver the first baby born in Fort McMurray since the wildfire evacuations More.

Efforts towards re-entry a true team effort


AHS staff behind the scenes working to help bring Fort McMurray back to health More.

Supporting the supporters

T-shirt nurse

Fort McMurray nurse creates t-shirt for first responders More.

Back home and hard at work

Public Health team

Mostly local Public Health team is rising to professional, personal challenges in their fire-damaged city More.

Not an easy time

OR at Urgent Care Centre

AHS Mental Health staff working hard to support Fort McMurray More.

Temporary Operating Room anything but makeshift

OR at Urgent Care Centre

OR at Urgent Care Centre ensures AHS is prepared for anything More.

Royal Alex staffer performs Wildfire Benefit Concert

wildfire concert

A love of music and desire to help Fort McMurray evacuees brought Edmontonians together More.

Teamwork helping to bring the NLRHC back to life, bit by bit

friends reunited

Teams are working hard to get essential Northern Lights Regional Health Centre departments up and running More.

‘Roomies’ reunited by CapitalCare

friends reunited

Friends left Northern Lights with only the clothes on their back More.

Temporary Urgent Care Centre ready for residents

Urgent Care Centre

Portable Isolation Containment Systems (PICS) units ready for residents More.

AHS staff ensures Firebag evacuation goes smoothly

RN at Firebag

'I want to do anything I can to get it back to normal' More.

No rest for dedicated AHS IT staff

fire close to health centre

Colin Jardine and his AHS colleagues kept IT infrastructure running, even in the midst of an evacuation More.

More than just health care from AHS at Bold Centre

Bold Centre

Resources and friendship given to Fort McMurray evacuees in Lac La Biche More.

All hands on deck

All hands on deck

AHS staff and volunteer firefighters assist with fire response More.

Music: another way to help

Music: another way to help

AHS staff member writes song to recognize generosity and inspire weary souls More.

Edmonton dialysis unit feels like home

Edmonton dialysis unit feels like home

Fort Mac evacuee welcomed by friendly, familiar faces at University of Alberta Hospital More.

An early welcome for a baby boy

An early welcome for a baby boy

Tiny Rhys arrived a week after mom, dad evacuated from Fort McMurray More.

Home care away from home

Home care away from homey

Fort McMurray home care clients and staff reconnect with services after evacuation More.

A birth story to remember

mom, dad, and new baby

Fort McMurray mom didn’t expect having a baby to be quite so big an adventure More.

“Mind-blowing cooperation”

view of smoke

Crews jump to help evacuate hospital, medevac patients and support firefighters More.

Health Centre evacuation swift and successful

evacuated hospital beds

Preparation and teamwork: the keys to making it happen More.

Fort Mac baby’s surgery a blessing

family with baby in hospital

Evacuated family thankful for Stollery care and community kindness More.

Staff evacuate continuing care unit, including pets

Calm in the face of emergency More.

In Our Own Words

From the day the fire swept into Fort McMurray, to the days when Fort McMurray residents could finally return to their community and their homes, AHS staff have been doing what they do best – helping ensure people are cared for and safe.

Our people have been – and continue to be - at the forefront of the wildfire responses efforts.

Here, they tell their stories, in their own words.

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David Matear

David Matear

Senior Operating Officer for Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, David Matear, describes leaving his hospital amidst a thick, black haze Video.

Dr. Fauzia Javed

Dr. Fauzia Javed

Fort McMurray physician, Dr. Fauzia Javed, on the heartbreak of seeing parts of her community destroyed Video.

Dr. Luke Szobota

Dr. Luke Szobota

Dr. Luke Szobota, a surgeon from Calgary, on how the wildfire has actually brought out the best in people Video.

Gennifer Villeneuve

Gennifer Villeneuve

Environmental Services Technician, Gennifer Villeneuve from Grande Prairie, speaks about feeling the need to help her colleagues in Fort McMurray Video.

Matthew Wattie - Part 1

Matthew Wattie

Fort McMurray Protective Services Manager, Matthew Wattie, on bringing all departments together to evacuate the hospital amidst the flames and smoke Video.

Matthew Wattie - Part 2

Matthew Wattie

Matthew Wattie, Protective Services Manager in Fort McMurray, relives his triumphant return to the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre Video.

Monique Janes

Monique Janes

Patient Care Director for the Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, Monique Janes, on the excitement and accomplishment of reopening the Emergency Department after the evacuation Video.

Krista Thomas

Krista Thomas

Krista Thomas, a Medical Radiation Technologist from Calgary, describes the amazing volunteer efforts from those near and far to help Fort McMurray rebuild its resilience Video.

Mark Cutteridge

Mark Cutteridge

Respiratory Therapist Mark Cutteridge from Edmonton describes the empty streets of Fort McMurray, post evacuation Video.

Tracy King

Tracy King

Fort McMurray MRI Technologist, Tracy King, describes her evacuation experience and the hope and help that have emerged from the ashes Video.