Executive Director at the Foundation is retiring

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Michael Brown, who has been the High River District Health Care Foundation’s Executive Director for the past 12 years, is retiring.

Brown joined the Foundation in February of 2009 and has helped guide the organization as it invested almost $6.5 million into local healthcare in High River, Nanton and the Foothills area.

“I feel honoured to have been part of helping all our donors and supporters realize their dreams.” Brown said.

“The Foundation acts as a facilitator for our local community,” he explained, “so it is humbling to look back and realize that so many people entrusted us to invest their donations wisely on impactful equipment, programs and infrastructure.”

He said his time at the Foundation went by very quickly.

“I just feel really lucky to have been a part of it,” said Brown.

“The people in this community have been so supportive and great and we couldn’t have done it without them also.”


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Brown and the Foundation have helped many projects possible and there are a few that stand out.

“The Cancer Centre and the refurbishment of the Maternity Unit at the hospital are the biggies that the Foundation, and the Community, should be very proud of. But I am also proud of all the many, many small projects we did,” he said.

“Most recently I am so proud to be part of  supporting our local Healthcare Heroes as our frontline healthcare team has stepped up to a once in a lifetime global health emergency.”

“We should all be very grateful for such great healthcare services.”

Brown will miss the amazing staff and volunteers from the Foundation, who helped ensure the success of the Foundation.

“I am very grateful for their generosity, support and direction,” he said.

Brown also acknowledged the managers and staff at AHS,

“I can’t say enough about the dedicated people who work in our healthcare system. Lise Brisebois-Blouin served on the Board as the AHS rep. for eleven years and I owe her a huge thank you. Now Jen Morton and Shantel Hunter and all the staff that we deal with at AHS, have been fantastic.”

Brown saved his greatest praise for his colleagues on the Foundation staff.

“I have had the great pleasure of working with a wonderful team. Rhonda Bews, and Cheryl Holmes before her, have kept our organization running smoothly and efficiently,” he said.

“And it has been my extreme good fortune to have worked with Cathy Couey for the past twelve years. Cathy is the heart and soul of this organization and this community. She knows everyone, has a heart of gold and is so passionate about making our foothills communities the best place in the world to live.”


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“I couldn’t possibly thank Cathy enough for all she does.”

A big thank you was issued by Kelly Malmberg – the Foundation’s Board Chair on behalf of the Foundation Board, staff and donors.

“I want to share our sincere thank you to Michael for the incredible work that he has done at the Foundation over the past 12 years. Under his leadership he took our organization to the next level, enhancing our brand and ensuring that everything we did was done at an exemplary level. He guided us through our most significant fundraising initiatives and worked hard to improve the Foundation’s donor database along with our interfacing accounting system. His passion and commitment for our organization and our local healthcare team has been outstanding,” said Malmberg.

The process to find a replacement for Brown is underway with a job posting on the Foundation website.

He has some advice for the next Executive Director.

“There are so many great groups, businesses and support in this community and my advice is to firstly make sure to have fun and embrace what you can do in this community.”

“It is time for me to get out of the way and let someone steer the Foundation into the 21st century. The world has changed and, quite frankly, I haven’t.” said Brown.

“But the Foundation is based on traditions and an understanding of the importance of community – no database will ever replace that.”

Brown intends to stay active in the community, have more time for grandchildren, fix up his old house and explore the mountains west of High River.

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