National Philanthropy Day

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Each year the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) recognizes those who contribute their time, talent and financial support to charitable organizations. In 2021, the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation is proud to celebrate the contributions of the following individuals on the advancement of rehabilitation.


The Honourable Laurie Hawn

Laurie Hawn has been a passionate and dedicated supporter of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation since 2010. During his time as a board member, Laurie was an outstanding ambassador for the Foundation. He fully immersed himself in his role and embraced numerous opportunities to make impact as a member of the Fund Development Committee and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Research Innovation and Technology Hub. He continues his support, alongside two other past trustees, by organizing the Courage Ride for Rehab, an annual fundraising event that has raised over $170,000 since it began 6 years ago.

In addition to his involvement with the Glenrose Foundation, Mr. Hawn is a retired Lieutenant- Colonel of the Royal Canadian Air Force, dedicated almost a decade to serving the country as a Member of Parliament, and is a volunteer with many worthy organizations and causes. His contributions to the Glenrose Hospital Foundation and to the greater community are remarkable and we are proud to celebrate his achievements.


Gino Ferri

Gino Ferri and his family have a long history with the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, beginning over 30 years ago when his grandson was diagnosed with autism. The Glenrose Hospital provided a safety net of care for his grandson, and Gino’s family has relied on that support for the past three decades.

Since 2015, Gino and his late partner, Patricia, have been the primary sponsors of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation’s Courage Awards. They chose the Courage Awards as a way to give back to the hospital, while also celebrating the patients that inspire them.


Sine Chadi

Sine Chadi is a renowned philanthropist and volunteer in the Edmonton area, donating and raising millions of dollars on behalf of many worthy organizations. In 2018, Sine was the fundraising chair of the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation’s multi-million dollar capital campaign, Write the Future. Sine and his family ignited the campaign with a lead donation of $1 million.

Thanks in large part to Sine’s generosity and determination, the Write the Future campaign was hugely successful. Earlier this year, the Chadi Centre for Pediatric Rehabilitation opened its doors to offer a newly constructed, state-of-the-art rehabilitation space for the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital’s youngest patients.


Grace Maier

Grace Maier has been the Director of Geriatrics at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital for 20 years. During that time Grace has served as an exceptional community ambassador for the Glenrose Hospital and Foundation. Grace’s commitment to supporting the Glenrose Foundation through the employee giving program and other campaigns highlight her passion and deep connection to the patients and care provided at the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital.

Grace was instrumental in the launch of MoveEZ, a volunteer-led program focused on minimizing deconditioning in frail seniors. She’s also served as a longstanding member of the Edmonton Seniors Coordinating Council, works with the Alberta Association on Gerontology, and assisted with the City of Edmonton’s launch of Age Friendly Edmonton.


Cotter Family: Richard and Darlene Cotter

Dick Cotter and his family co-founded the annual fundraising event, the Courage Ride for Rehab. Beginning in 2016 this event supports the Glenrose Foundation and brings awareness to the critical relationship between the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital and the Canadian Armed Forces. Thanks to the commitment and passion of the Cotter Family, the Courage Ride for Rehab raises funds to ensure ill and injured military personnel, other first responders and civilians receive high-level rehabilitation treatment. Funds raised through the Courage Ride have supported state-of-the-art equipment, such as the computer-assisted rehabilitation environment (CAREN) which creates a safe, controlled, therapeutic learning environment for military, other first responders and civilians requiring physical and mental rehabilitation.

The Cotter family remains active contributors to our community. Dick is a former trustee of the Edmonton Symphony Society, Edmonton Concert Hall Foundation and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital Foundation. Thank you to Dick and the Cotter family for strengthening our community through their generosity and commitment.

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