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Health Care Heroes Series: Kevin Shulko

For the past three years, Kevin Shulko has generously donated his time and talent to ensuring the success of the Northern Lights Health Foundation’s Signature Events, Festival of Trees and Spring Fling. His dedication to these events has been instrumental in ensuring their continued growth and success.

Originally from just outside Edmonton, Kevin and his wife Tracy have resided in the Wood Buffalo region for the past 15 years where Kevin currently holds the position of Chief Financial Officer (CFO) of NorthStar Ford Group.

A devoted volunteer, Kevin works tirelessly with the planning committees to ensure the ongoing success of these critical fundraising events. The Health Foundation is looking forward to working with Kevin once again this year as he takes over the role of Festival of Trees Committee Chair.

We recently caught up with Kevin, where he told us about his community involvement and why he chooses to support health care in our region.

Q: How long have you resided in the Wood Buffalo Region and what inspired you to call Fort McMurray home?
Kevin: Prior to working with NorthStar, I was the CFO for L Robert Enterprises and it was essentially that work opportunity that inspired me to make Fort McMurray home. There’s a lot of opportunity up here, both professionally and personally.

Q: You’ve been incredibly involved in the Health Foundation’s Signature Events, Festival of Trees and Spring Fling over the past few years. How did you first get involved?
Kevin: I’ve been volunteering with the Health Foundation for about three years now. Both my wife and I have volunteered since we moved here, on the Board of the Canadian Cancer Society, the Board of the Keyano College Foundation and for events such as Relay for Life and Harvest of Hope. It was through Lou (Lorraine deSeguin) that we got involved with Festival of Trees and Spring Fling because we worked with her closely with Harvest of Hope.

Q: What do you find most rewarding about volunteering with the Health Foundation’s Signature Events?
Kevin: I think just giving back to the community. There are so many needs in the community and I think it’s great to be able to give back time as well as sponsorships and supporting the events. It is also a great way to become involved in the community and meet people.

Q: In addition to the Health Foundation, what organizations and causes have you been involved with?
Kevin: There are a number Tracy and I have been involved with, primarily the Keyano College Foundation, the Cancer Society both here and just outside of Edmonton when we resided there. I was also previously involved with Junior Achievement.

Q: The Health Foundation turned 30 years old this year. Why do you feel it’s important to support health care in our community?
Kevin: Health care is something everyone uses – no matter how young, old, or healthy you are. No matter what, you’re going to use the hospital at some point I know this as I’ve needed it on a couple occasions myself, unfortunately. This community is great for supporting one another and fundraising, so places like the hospital can fund those enhancements to their services, such having an MRI machine or any other equipment needed to make a patient’s stay or visit more comfortable.
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Kevin at the 2014 Festival of Trees Gala.                 Photo credit: Jennifer Peters  


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