Artist enters competition for Airdrie Health Foundation

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A local artist entered a piece of her artwork into a national competition in the hopes of earning some cash for the Airdrie Health Foundation.


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Melissa Brugelmans-LaBelle, an Airdrie-based artist, submitted one of her pieces to HealthPRO Canada’s Faces of Healthcare contest.

The top prize of the contest is $25,000 that will go towards a health organization of the winner’s choosing. If she wins, Burgelmans-LaBelle will donate the funds entirely to the Airdrie Health Foundation.

The piece in question is called “Coffee Break,” and was painted on watercolour paper with coffee depicting exhausted health care workers on their coffee breaks.

Michelle Bates, executive director of the Airdrie Health Foundation, said Brugelmans-LaBelle’s announcement came as a surprise and that it was the first time someone has attempted this on behalf of the Airdrie Health Foundation.

“This is new to us. She must have seen that this contest was going on and thought it was important with what she relayed to us,” said Bates.

Winners are chosen by votes, however voting for the competition closed on May 31. Still, at the time of this article being written, Coffee Break was one of the top three most popular pieces in the competition’s running.

This isn’t the first time Brugelmans-LaBelle has used her artwork to support the Airdrie Health Foundation.

She is one of the Lola Project artists—an initiative started after an orphaned goat named Lola was nursed back to health by Sharon and Wayne Shuttleworth.

Seeing the impact Lola had on her caregivers and social media following, the Shuttleworths then started the Lola Project alongside local artists including Brugelmans-LaBelle and Studio 52 artists.


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The fundraising campaign is for the Airdrie Health Foundation with funds being directed towards mental health.

After the artist notified the Health Foundation of her intentions, Bates said they were quick to try to promote it.

“We were able to share with all our donors and put it out on social media… to share with Airdrie. Healthcare benefits every single person here in Airdrie and surrounding communities,” said Bates.

“We’ve been able to move her piece right up along with votes.”

There are three high priority items that the Airdrie Health Foundation is trying to fund: a baby warmer for urgent care and public health, an increase to some lab tests that would reduce wait times and trips to Calgary, and the Pregnancy and Beyond program.

Bates said if she wins, Brugelmans-LaBelle’s prize would go a long way to helping the Health Foundation fund the high priority items.

“We still need to raise about $11,000 for the baby warmer, so it would definitely cover that. As well as the (tests) would be about $12,000, so those two things would be covered,” she said.

She added that support from the community, including Brugelmans-Labelle, makes everything the Health Foundation does possible.

“Without our community giving back and supporting us the way we are supported, we couldn’t do the work that we do,” said Bates.

“(Brugelmans-LaBelle) has gone above and beyond, and we can’t thank her enough for this opportunity and exposure she’s given us.”

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