About Us

EKFH relies on donations and gifts to provide vital, leading-edge medical equipment, patient comforts, furnishings and other essential items to the East Kootenay Regional Hospital and its many community health care facilities. Donations can support a specific community facility or medical area of the donor’s choice or be designated unrestricted to help areas of greatest need. Donating to EKFH helps ensure excellent medical outreach, diagnostics, treatment and healing is available for you, your family and friends, and your community.

Through the donations, EKFH strives to make sure the East Kootenay region is equipped with state-of-the-art technology for care and patient comfort. Well-equipped facilities help attract and keep highly-skilled medical personnel to live in East Kootenay and provide excellent medical service to East Kootenay residents.

Mission & Philosophy

Our mission is to provide funding for the East Kootenay Regional Hospital and other community facilities in complementing the health care needs of the region. We strive to:

  • Improve/augment health care in the East Kootenay
  • Assist in funding
  • Develop trust with our donor base (stewardship)
  • Develop community health needs awareness
  • Work collaboratively to make ourselves effective


EKFH’s Executive Committee and Board of Directors meet regularly to:

  • Develop direction for fundraising and public awareness
  • Determine the direction of initiatives such as annual gifts, planned giving, special events, capital campaigns and other IHA priority items)
  • Assess and determine how to distribute funds from regional grant application events based on EKFH funds held in trust for the region
  • Build for the future through legacy giving by means of planned giving initiatives
  • Make a difference in regional healthcare

Our Meetings

The Executive Committee, which is formed by the officers of EKFH, meets at noon on the second Tuesday of every month. The Executive Committee can determine that no Board action is required for any scheduled meeting or that action can be deferred until the following month

The Board of Directors meets at noon on the fourth Tuesday of every second month for approximately one hour. Due to guest presenters, evening meeting occasionally can be called.

Board Member & Officer Responsibilities

  • Review the meeting agenda and read all material distributed prior to the meeting
  • Attend all regular and special Board meetings, as well as participate in proceedings
  • Serve on at least one standing committee of the Board and actively participate in committee meetings
  • Maintain knowledge of EKFH’s current goals, objectives and programs
  • Contribute time as a volunteer and financially to EKFH
  • Solicit the financial contribution of others, including employers and friends
  • Share resources and talents with the organization, including expertise, contracts for financial support and contracts for in-kind contributions
  • Serve as an advocate for EKFH
  • Be accessible by phone or email to the Executive Director and other Board members as needed
  • Fulfill commitments within the agreed on deadlines
  • Represent the Board in a positive and supportive manner at all times and in all places
  • Keep the Board President informed about any community concerns or issues that are relevant to the Board
  • Hold in confidence any information given to the Board
  • Take initiative and provide leadership

Click here to download a Board Member Application (MS Word format)

Board Members

Title Position
Christine Hoechsmann Co-Chair
Theresa Larson Co-Chair
Wesley Rogers Past Chair
Mike Calder Treasurer
Jeannie Ewasiuk Secretary
Glen Purdy Director
Denise Pallesen Director
Dave Spring Director
Russ Colombo Director
Dale Hildebrandt Director
Dwayne Bellm Director
Orest Federko Director

Service Providers and Staff

Title Position
Brenna Baker Executive Director
Erin Pighin Office Administrator
Beth Bennett Financial Officer


EKFH, originally the Cranbrook Hospital Foundation, was created in 1983 after healthcare changed from local to regional to raise funds for Cranbrook Hospital’s much-needed healthcare equipment.

The Foundation’s mandate expanded with the growth of the local hospital to the regional centre for the East Kootenays. On May 27, 2003, the Foundation officially became known as East Kootenay Foundation for Health and now is known as EKFH.

Annual Reports


Fund Management

We value your contribution and it’s important to us that you understand how your donation will be managed.

EKFH Fund Management Policy:

Administration of Funds: All funds (unrestricted, restricted, special purpose and planned gifts) established by EKFH are administered by these policies. In cases where changes are required to a specific fund, these must be presented to the EKFH Board of Directors for a special resolution to incorporate the necessary change.

Expense Recovery Fees: While every effort is made to secure revenue streams (interest on investments, rental income(s), sales tax rebates, etc) to off-set administrative and operating costs; at the completion of each fiscal year end audit, an administration fee of 10% is levied on all donations received during that fiscal year (*some grandfathered policies are in place on several special purpose funds). This expense recovery fee is necessary to further off-set the rising costs of fundraising and administration.

Significant fundraising events (including any annual or capital campaigns) are exempt from the administration fee levy. A project budget will be prepared and approved prior to implementing any major fundraiser(s) and will include the estimated direct fundraising costs in addition to the anticipated equipment/program cost.

Sources of Revenue: Contributions to EKFH may be obtained from individual donors, proceeds from special and third party events, gifts from appropriate granting agencies, and/or contributions from Interior Health facilities located in the East Kootenay region.

Unrestricted Donations: EKFH will encourage unrestricted donations to be made for the benefit of the East Kootenay Regional Hospital and other Interior Health East Kootenay Health Service Area facilities and programs. These donations will be applied to the General Purpose Fund #0025.

Restricted Donations: EKFH may establish restricted funds, with the objective of targeting gifts for specific areas of care of following specific donor wishes.