Ken Jackson has been a business owner in Fort Saskatchewan since 1990. For almost 30 years his community involvement includes various committees; boards; chamber of commerce and now serves as the current chairperson of our foundation board. He has received various awards and recognitions over the years including a chamber of Commerce Volunteer of the Year award. Ken and his wife of 38 years; Lorna; are both pet lovers who have made the Fort their home. HIs business as well as sales experience adds fundraising value to our foundation. He is often heard to say the hospital foundation board represents an opportunity to help our hospital from “pediatrics to geriatrics” providing a way to give back to the community he loves. He has a passion for the work he does and believes Enhancing Healthcare will only become more important to our society.
Ed Sparling-Vice Chairperson
Ed is a resident of Fort Saskatchewan for the past 20 years. Ed spent 38 years in the financial services industry and is now serving a second term as a Councillor with the city of Fort Saskatchewan. He has been a passionate volunteer with many organizations including the Chamber of Commerce, Economic Development Board, Josephberg Ag Society and now a member of City Council for the past 6 years. Ed was chairperson of the Fort Saskatchewan Replacement Hospital Adhoc Committee in the last effort to replace the aging community hospital. He assisted in creating the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation and now serves as a member of the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation.
Christopher was a member of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police from 1995 to 2018. He has worked in Northern British Columbia, Northwest Territories, and Alberta.
Christopher has a variety of policing experiences. He has worked in the fields of; General Duty Policing, Rural and Urban Policing, First Nations Policing, Detachment Commander, Community Policing/Victim Services Unit, Remote Isolated Northern Policing, Major Crimes Unit, Federal Drug Section, Staff Relations Representative Program, Honorary Aide-de-Camp to Her Honour, the Honourable Lois E. Mitchell, CM. AOE, LLD., Officer in Charge of Fort Saskatchewan Detachment, and Officer in Charge of Crime Reduction/Crime Prevention programming for Alberta.
In 2003, Christopher was the recipient of the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commemorative Medal. Christopher has managed and lead several major cases and projects namely; homicides, member involved shootings, drug projects, and missing persons files all to conclusion.
Christopher is passionate about creating and sustaining a healthy work atmosphere and fostering the talents around him through guidance, mentorship, and feedback.
Throughout Christopher’s career he has always maintained a volunteer presence in every community he has lived in. Christopher has enjoyed volunteering at the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital Foundation since 2016. Christopher, through his work, realizes the vital role health care provides for all members of society. It is this understanding and passion that has lead Christopher to volunteer his time for this very worthy cause. Christopher knows that the majority of Albertans will access health care. Christopher wants to ensure that through the efforts of the Fort Saskatchewan Hospital Foundation that those patients accessing health care receive a world class health care experience.
Christopher is now retired and enjoys spending his free time with his family.
Raj is a pharmacist who graduated from the University of Alberta in 2016. He has been the owner of Shoppers Drug Mart in Westpark Fort Saskatchewan since 2017. Raj has obtained his Additional Prescribing Authority and Certified Tobacco Educator certifications, and is proud to offer an advanced pharmacist scope of practice at his store. He is active as a leader and representative through various positions within the Shoppers Drug Mart Owners’ group. Raj’s wife is a pharmacist at the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, so he has insight into that aspect of patient care as well.
Raj joined the FSCHF board in 2019. He is also active in supporting the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce and the Fort Saskatchewan Victim Services Unit. He is an advocate for local business and loves the sense of community from being a Fort Saskatchewan resident.
Raj’s strengths that he brings to the board include knowledge of the health care system and the challenges/opportunities our city faces, as well as experience leading and managing high-performance teams in a community health care setting. He is motivated to enhance Fort Saskatchewan health care and be part of the board because he is a health care provider here, and feels that he can really make a local difference by contributing.
Following the completion of a BSc. from the University of British Columbia in 2016, David moved to the Edmonton area for professional opportunities in his field. Having been raised in the small town of Trail BC, Fort Saskatchewan quickly began to feel like home for David. He loves meeting new and familiar community members around town, and promoting a warm community atmosphere through service on the Foundation and as a regular volunteer in the FSCH emergency department.
David joined the Foundation as a Board director in January 2017. Now, as the Communications Director, he brings experience from positions as the Communications Director for Alpine Club of Canada – Edmonton section, as a community health researcher for the Indigenous and Global Health Research Group at the University of Alberta, and from three years of pharmaceutical chemistry research to enhance healthcare in our community. Alongside our driven Communications Committee members, he is focused on continuing to strengthen our Foundations presence in the community through development of inclusive, informative communications and online communication strategy with a community-focused approach.
Please, feel free to contact David at email@example.com if you have any feedback or recommendations on how we can continue to enhance healthcare in Fort Saskatchewan.
Devon Hupka is a 3rd year undergraduate student at the University of Alberta, currently studying human physiology. Along with being a FSCHF board member, Devon donates much of his time to other volunteer positions such as: a teaching assistant for Honours Introductory Physiology course (PHYSL 212/214) at the University of Alberta, the VP Academic for the Undergraduate Physiology Students’ Association, and a regular volunteer in the emergency department as FSCH.
Devon is a very motivated and driven person. After tutoring high school students for many years Devon decided that a great way to reach a larger clientele base and provide his peers with employment would be to start his own business. After developing a website and hiring other university students, Devon had started his own small business which, under his leadership, has proven to be very successful, with more than seven employees and 40 clients total.
Through his many hours of work in these positions, Devon has been able to develop strong leadership, problem solving, and communication skills. Which has proved to be a valuable asset to the FSCHF and the communications committee.
Devon has always wanted to help people. His work with the FSCHF has been a great way to do this as the foundation’s work directly impacts those right here in our community.
Clair Platt is a professional member of the Distribution and Manufacturing of Medical Supplies and Equipment within Canada. She enjoyed over 30 years in the healthcare industry beginning as a sales representative and finishing her career as Director of Business Development.
Clair’s career has provided her with the opportunity to work with virtually all health care institutions across Canada. She began her sales career in Alberta and was promoted to National Sales Manager for Canada.
Her many years in the medical industry has enabled her to develop strong working relationships with many Chief Financial Officers and Chief Executive Officers in healthcare regions across Canada.
Clair is a past member of the Strathcona Community Hospital Foundation and is now part of Fort Saskatchewan Hospital Foundation Board. Since retiring, Clair has spent her time focusing on Hospital Foundations within her community.
Since 2013, Wayne has served on the Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital foundation board in a variety of roles. Wayne Land 1s a Real Estate Broker with Oakwood Management Ltd. specializing in the rental management of single family and light commercial property since 1982
Prior to this he has served in the Land Development industry along with 5 years with an ethical pharmaceutical company as a sales rep and ultimately hospital and special services representative coordinating clinical trials at Major teaching hospitals in Alberta for new drug submission to the Health Protection Branch
Wayne has served in many capacities within our community which include Fort Saskatchewan Board of Economic development along with a decade of service as President and Chairman of the board of the Christian Education Association of Alberta, operators of the Fort Christian school and ECS kindergarten.
He has served as President and Chairman of the board of the NAIT Alumni Council. Wayne has received the highest honor for any alumnus through NAIT known as the NAIT ALUMNI AWARD OF DISTINCTION.
He has also been honoured with the Terry Douglas Meritorious Award from the Fort Saskatchewan Chamber of Commerce plus others too numerous to mention. Wayne and Rose started married life in Fort Saskatchewan in November 1973 and have been blessed with 3 children who now live within 30 minutes of home and have given them 7 grandchildren.