Celebrating a Community of Incredible Volunteers

Volunteers, and a generosity of spirit, are often at the heart of what makes so many foundations, nonprofits and charities successful in their work. The University Hospital Foundation is no exception. Raising awareness about vital causes or fundraising effectively without our community of dedicated, passionate volunteers would be impossible. From giving countless hours to events like our signature Festival of Trees, to exemplifying personal philanthropy in raising dollar after dollar of critical donations, UHF volunteers have shown themselves to be world class and champions at what they do.

“It is an honour and a privilege to help those who work so hard at the Hospital in pursuit of excellence, trying to make a difference in both research and patient care.”

– Kim and Don Wheaton, long-time UHF volunteers and recipients of the 2017 Audrey Greenough Award of Merit.

Being National Volunteer Appreciation week, and on behalf of the staff at the UHF and our community, we wish to thank all our wonderful volunteers. It is your ingenuity and compassion that helps us in our work of transforming health in Alberta. We look forward to celebrating our volunteers at the UHF Volunteer Appreciation Event later this week, where we will also be announcing not one, but two recipients of the Audrey Greenough Award of Merit.

The Audrey Greenough Award of Merit

Founded in 2002 and awarded annually, the Audrey Greenough Award of Merit recognizes exemplary volunteer service, personal philanthropy and donor advancement in volunteers of the UHF. The recipient or recipients for the award are chosen by a Foundation Awards Committee.

An Award for Philanthropic Champions, Inspired by Philanthropic Champions

This award was created in honour of Audrey Greenough, the late wife of James “Greg” Greenough, in recognition of her many years of outstanding service to the UHF. Audrey served as an active member of the University Hospital Foundation Board of Trustees from 1990-1996 and continued her leadership role on the Festival of Trees Sponsorship Committee until 2000. This special award recognizes volunteer service, personal philanthropy, and donor support for the advancement of health care at the University of Alberta Hospital.

A lifelong friend of the UHF, Greg passed away on February 27, 2022. Greg’s philanthropic spirit and commitment to advancing patient care, research and innovation helped improve the lives of countless western Canadians over the years.

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