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For Immediate Release

Monday, June 2, 2014

Health Foundation achieves accreditation from Imagine Canada's Standards Program

Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Northern Lights Health Foundation is proud to announce that it has been accredited under Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program. With this achievement, the Health Foundation joins a growing community of more than 100 organizations dedicated to operational excellence. The Health Foundation is the second organization to receive accreditation in Wood Buffalo.

The Standards Program is a Canada-wide set of shared standards for charities and non-profits designed to strengthen practices in five fundamental areas: board governance; financial accountability and transparency; fundraising; staff management; and volunteer involvement.

“At the Health Foundation, we believe that transparency and accountability are essential to our success,” says Susanne Chaffey, Executive Director of the Health Foundation. “We’re extremely proud to be a part of Imagine Canada’s national Standards Program, which recognizes charities and non-profits who hold to the highest standards of accountability in their relationships with donors.”

Builds public confidence

The Health Foundation’s policies and procedures in the five areas of compliance were evaluated by a group of volunteers from the sector, and were found to be compliant with the Standards Program.

Transparent, peer-review process

Among the Standards Program’s goals are to increase an organization’s transparency and capacity, and to strengthen public confidence in individual organizations and the charitable sector as a whole.

“We’re thrilled that the Health Foundation has achieved accreditation through such a well-recognized and respected national organization,” says Dan Fouts, Board Chair of the Health Foundation. “Over the past three years, we have worked hard to transform the Health Foundation to better address the growing Wood Buffalo community, allowing us to improve health care and promote wellness in our region. This accreditation is a milestone achievement to our success in this transformation.”

About the Northern Lights Health Foundation

Established in 1985, the Northern Lights Health Foundation exists to provide funds to support health care priorities within the Regional Municipality of Wood Buffalo. For more information, visit www.nlhf.ca

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For more information, please contact:

Amelia Schofield
Stakeholder Relations Officer
Northern Lights Health Foundation
Tel: 780-788-1324 Email: amelia.schofield@albertahealthservices.ca

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