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2023 National Philanthropy Day Awards

At this last year’s National Philanthropy Day awards, we had the pleasure of celebrating the profound acts of kindness and generosity of five Edmonton community members. 

Every November 15th, we honour Canadians who demonstrate the spirit of giving on National Philanthropy Day. Be it through small or large acts of kindness, donation of time, expertise, or financial support, each nominee has demonstrated an unwavering commitment to our community, and for the Glenrose Hospital Foundation, to healthcare.  

Hosted by the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Edmonton and Area Chapter, the National Philanthropy Day awards ceremony brings together the city’s charitable sector and those who support for a day of celebration and thanks. In 2023, we had the privilege of honouring five integral members of our community.  

Mark Korthuis, Olivia Terry, & Megan HeximerOlivia Terry & Megan Heximer 

Recipients of this year’s Outstanding Philanthropist of the Year Award, Olivia Terry and Megan Heximer have turned their passion for art and willingness to give into an inspirational fundraising program for the Glenrose Hospital Foundation.  

At the age of four, Olivia was diagnosed with Rett Syndrome, a rare neurological disorder that causes progressive loss of speech and motor skills. With access to the Glenrose’s Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) program, Olivia uses her mind to engage with her external environment, including driving her wheelchair, playing games, and creating art. With the support of Megan, Olivia has transformed her art into wearable pieces to raise money for the same BCI program that has transformed her own life. You can support the Glenrose Hospital Foundation by purchasing clothing featuring Olivia’s artwork, here. 

Canadian Blockchain Consortium Donation e1704732461859Canadian Blockchain Consortium  

The Canadian Blockchain Consortium (CBC) works to unite Canada’s blockchain community, build awareness around the technology, and act as a forum for discussion for those interested in learning about and unlocking its potential.  

As a likeminded leader in innovation, the CBC has committed to raising $100,000.00 for the Glenrose Hospital’s Brain-Computer Interface (BCI) program, which helps individuals (like Olivia Terry) with complex mobility and speech challenges regain their independence. Recently raising near $30,000.00 at their annual summit, we are grateful for the ongoing support of the CBC.  

IMG 4436 scaled e1704732515408Dr. Lalith Satkunam

A trailblazer in rehabilitative medicine at the Glenrose Hospital, Dr. Lalith Satkunam is the medical lead for the hospital’s Spasticity Program. His dedication, compassionate care, and philanthropic spirit is evident in all he does and every interaction he makes. Not only has Dr. Satkunam deeply impacted the patients of the Glenrose, he has indelibly left his mark on the future of rehabilitative care.  

We are grateful to have Dr. Satkunam as a leading example of all that the Glenrose stands for.  

IMG 4429 scaled e1704732651151Mike Saunders

An active member of the community, Mike Saunders understands what builds great places to live. In all facets of his life, he demonstrates his dedication to enriching the lives and communities of Albertans.  

In addition to his role as SVP at Qualico Properties, sitting on community boards for the Mental Health Foundation of Alberta and the NAIOP-Commercial Real Estate Development Association, Mike has showed his ongoing commitment to the Glenrose Hospital Foundation by way of sponsorship, committee engagement, and as a longtime donor of the foundation’s Circle of Courage. His dedication and high propensity to give has played a pivotal role in bringing leading-edge technologies to Albertans. 

A big thank you to all the supporters of the Glenrose Hospital Foundation, and congratulations to the nominees of the 2023 National Philanthropy Day awards.  

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