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For Immediate Release
Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015

Health Foundation welcomes Melanie Antoine
as first aboriginal and first female Board Chair

Fort McMurray, Alberta – The Northern Lights Health Foundation Board of Directors and Staff are pleased to announce Melanie Antoine as their new Board Chair. Antoine’s appointment marks two substantial milestones for the Health Foundation – she is both the first aboriginal and first female Board Chair.

Antoine was born and raised in Fort Chipewyan and has called Fort McMurray home since 1993. She has 12 years of experience in the oil and gas industry, in addition to seven years of experience with A.P.E. Maintenance, which she co-owns with her husband Lloyd.

Antoine first got involved with the Health Foundation through attending the 2011 Festival of Trees Gala, which soon evolved to her company donating a tree to the annual fundraising event. In 2012, Antoine joined the Health Foundation’s Board and until recently, sat as the Vice-Chair. Since joining the Board, Antoine has shown her passion to support health care in Wood Buffalo by volunteering for Board committees and activities.

“Being a leader in our community, Melanie has contributed significantly to developing the strategic vision for the Health Foundation,” says Paul Taylor, Past Chair of the Health Foundation’s Board of Directors. “Originally from Fort Chipewyan, she offers a unique perspective on many of the communities throughout Wood Buffalo that we support.”

The Health Foundation would also like to take this opportunity to thank Taylor for his hard work and commitment to improving health care in the Wood Buffalo region. Taylor recently stepped down from his role as Board Chair due to a job promotion in Edmonton.

To find out more, read the Health Foundation’s profile story on Antoine. 

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. The Health Foundation is proudly accredited under Imagine Canada’s Standards Program. For more information, visit


For more information, please contact:
Amelia Schofield
Stakeholder Relations and Communications Officer
Northern Lights Health Foundation
Tel: 780-788-1324 Cell: 780-788-5247 Email:

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