A need was identified within the community of Wainwright for a CT scanner for the Wainwright and District Health Center, as upwards of 4,000 people from Wainwright and district were traveling a minimum of an hour or more for this important medical service each year.
The CT Scanner Project was initiated by the Rotary Club, the Health Foundation and Bumper to Bumper in partnership with Alberta Health Services.
The need for a CT scanner was identified and fundraising began earlier in 2019. This community-wide project is gaining support towards a fundraising goal of $2.2 million over three years. Having a scanner in the area will shorten wait times, reduce the amount of travel, and help the area’s medical practitioners save and improve lives.
In late June, Encompass Credit Union commited $100,000 to the CT Scanner Project, bringing the total amount of funds raised to over $500,000. This donation helps provide real leadership to the three year campaign. This donation is part of Encompass Credit Union’s ongoing support and commitment to the communities it serves. The total donations, sponsorships, grants and scholarships Encompass has provided is over $200,000 for its 2018-2019 fiscal year.
“As an organization, we’re proud of the commitment that our members, board and staff have made to the CT Scanner Project,” said Kelly Longley, president and CEO of Encompass Credit Union. “Our members and communities will directly benefit from this donation and we stand with other local organizations and businesses that donated to this great cause.”
“I feel very proud to work for an organization that donates to something that is a huge benefit for all of our local communities,” said Valerie Pierce, Hardisty branch manager.
“I am so proud to be part of an organization that places such importance on supporting our local community initiatives such as the CT Scanner Project,” said VP Information Services, Amy Gertsma. “I am proud of our credit union.”
Concern for community is one of the seven core principles that credit unions are guided by.
During Encompass’ Annual General Meeting, held in February, Encompass handed out $80,000 to 10 different groups within the communities we serve, in Wainwright, Wetaskiwin, Edgerton, Consort, Gwynne, and Irma, as part of our Community Social Responsibility Investment Program. Visit our website to see our 2019 grant recipients.