The 24th Annual Gala a "tremendous success"

"Gala was a tremendous success this year and raised $31,580," Diane Rusnak, Chair of The Health Foundation, said following the annual event. "Our sponsors and guests helped us to raise a lot of money that will help purchase the new digital mammography equipment for the breast cancer screening program at the Yorkton Regional Hospital."

"Anytime you can raise a significant amount of money and the people helping you do that are having fun and enjoying themselves, you are probably doing something right," continued Mrs. Rusnak.  

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Charity Road Race is a huge success raising $32,400

A total of 186 registered runners and walkers participated in the Charity Road Race on Sunday, August 19, raising $32,400. 

“This was another great year,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of the Health Foundation. “Perfect weather for a run or walk and we raised more money for medical equipment than we did last year.”

The top three fundraisers were: Geoff Propp, $10,565; Tracy Newton, $2,142; and Lil Morrison, $1,265. 


Wasylina Lushney bequeathed over $400,000 to local causes

The Health Foundation received over $282,000

Wasylina Lushney, late of Yorkton, who formerly farmed with her husband Bill in the Wroxton area, passed away on October 26, 2018. Wasylina had been a very generous person with local charities during her life and she continued to show her compassion and how much she cared for others by making substantial bequests in her will. 

Wasylina had owned three quarter sections of land in the Wroxton area which after her passing were listed for sale and sold. Those funds were then dispersed to The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan in Yorkton, the Kamsack Hospital and Eaglestone Lodge in Kamsack. 

“We are very grateful and thankful to receive a substantial bequest like this,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. “Wasylina Lushney was a very generous person while she was alive and made many generous contributions to help our work improving healthcare. We are very glad that she made a will that reflected her values, and that she continued to support the community and to help care for others even after she has passed.” 

“The Health Foundation was fortunate to receive $282,371. This is a very substantial donation and it will help us to purchase needed equipment in the Yorkton Regional Hospital,” said Mr. Fisher. “We are grateful to Wasylina for her generosity and to all of those individuals who remember to think of others and how they might make a difference in other lives by making a charitable bequest.”

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For information about leaving a bequest in your will, click here.

Above: a photo of Wasylina Lushney, who made the bequest, is held by Mary Schulman, left, and Linda Lushney, right, who are the executors of Wasylina’s estate. 

Recent news


Applications for education awards now available

Application forms for The Health Foundation's Education Fund, open to those working in health care in east central Saskatchewan, are now available. 

Application deadline is Nov. 15, 2019. Education awards must be used between Jan. 1 and June 30, 2020. 

To date, more than $425,000 has been awarded to 453 health care professionals.

Rubicon Pharmacies donates $10,000 to support longterm care

The Health Foundation is pleased to announce that Rubicon Pharmacies has made a significant donation of $10,000 in support of the residents in our long-term care homes throughout east central Saskatchewan. This donation reflects a commitment Rubicon made last year to support long-term care on an annual basis.

“We are grateful to Rubicon for this very generous donation and for their desire to work with the Foundation to improve the care available in our region,” said Ross Fisher, Executive Director of The Health Foundation. 


“Rubicon has a strong presence in east central Saskatchewan,” said Melody Kelts, Pharmacy Operations Specialist for Rubicon Pharmacies. “Each of our local pharmacies have longstanding relationships with the region and the long-term care homes in each community. These stores continue to be the focal point and face of the relationship with staff, residents, and their families.  We are an integral part of the fabric in each community, something very important to us, and we look forward to continuing that legacy for years to come.”

Rubicon operates pharmacies in Canora, Esterhazy, Ituna, Kamsack, Langenburg, Melville and Yorkton under both the Pharmasave and PharmaChoice banners.

Your support is necessary, and greatly appreciated

The Health Foundation greatly appreciates the support of individuals, businesses and organizations who make it possible for us to purchase critical equipment to improve healthcare throughout east-central Saskatchewan. Please consider making a donation today.

Our events

Airwaves for Health


The 13th annual GX94 and FOX FM Airwaves for Health Radiothon will be held April 29 and 30. Harvard Broadcasting covers all of the costs of the radiothon, so 100% of donations go toward buying medical equipment.

Charity Golf Classic


The annual Charity Golf Classic is held at Deer Park Golf Course in Yorkton in June. Golfers and sponsors raise money to buy medical equipment for facilities in the region. 

Rhythm 'n Ribs


The third barbeque and music festival is held in late July at the Exhibition Grounds in Yorkton. It is a free and family-friendly event with something for everyone.

Road Race and Walk


Whether you want to run 2k, 5k, 10k or 21k and compete against others, or walk 5k at your own pace, the Charity Road Race and Community Walk lets you compete and contribute in August.

The Gala


The annual late-October gala, with a unique theme that changes every year, provides a social evening with dinner, dancing, and a silent auction.

Farming for Health


Each spring local agri-businesses and people seed the crop, and harvest it in fall. The result is that Farming for Health has raised more than $1 million in its first five years. And still going strong. 

Improving healthcare in our region

The Health Foundation of East Central Saskatchewan, Inc. is a volunteer organization dedicated to being the leaders in continuously improving and expanding the quality of healthcare and medical services in east central Saskatchewan. 

Our mission is to work in partnership with donors, the community, healthcare providers and government to raise and invest funds in capital and educational initiatives that will enhance healthcare services for our health region. 

The Foundation is guided by a volunteer board, and operates independently from both the health region and government. It receives no money other than your much-appreciated donations.