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Who We Are

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.”

Helen Keller
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Wings of Hope is a 100% run volunteer charitable organization that directs 95% of all funding straight into the hands of those we help.

Biographies

Beatrix Halasz

Director of Technical Communications

So many of us don’t know what these families go through on top of struggling with a life-changing health situation. Being able to apply for financial aid helps to ease some of their battles.  It makes me proud to be able to provide that support through this fantastic organization.

Leanne Campbell

Chair

When I started volunteering for Wings of Hope one cold winter night in 2010, I experienced such a sense of warmth and purpose; I had discovered an organization that actually put donated funds straight into the hands of struggling breast cancer patients. These funds helped to buy groceries, pay bills, and cover housing costs. The spirit of the work that was being done resonated because I myself was overcoming cancer.  That night, I met an amazing, energetic team working in their spare time to help people they didn’t know and would most likely never meet. They were so full of joy! All these years later, as chair, I want to make sure our team finds that kind of joy in the work we do, know their value to the community, but mostly I want them to feel as connected to our inspiring clients as I did on that very first, cold night.

Jennifer Millar

Director of Donor Engagement

In 2016, I lost a close family member to breast cancer.  I quickly became aware of the challenges patients and their families face. At the time, I would have never considered myself lucky but reflecting back now, I realize how blessed we were.  We had financial stability allowing us to focus time and energy on what mattered most on any given day. Of course it was not easy but money was never an issue and we did not have the extra stress of worrying about transportation, rent or groceries.  My personal experience and immense sense of passion drives me. I am so honoured to be part of the Wings of Hope team. This organization makes magic happen every day and it is both, gratifying and humbling. The commitment of our volunteers, donors, and supporters is overwhelming.

Heather Jones

Treasurer

Experiencing, firsthand, the struggle and impact that cancer has on family, I am ecstatic to have the opportunity to offer support to others.  Wings of Hope is a great team and I am enthusiastic to give back to the Calgary community, where I have lived all my life.

Karla Palardy

Director of Events

After learning about the great work that Wings of Hope was doing in the community, I decided to join the board in 2017.  I have seen the strain that the stress of treatment has on patients and their family members. I am passionate about the work that Wings of Hope undertakes and proud to be involved with an organization that shares my values and beliefs.

Brianna Guenther

Director of Governance

As a fifth generation, proud, Calgarian, I strive to be involved in all facets of my community. I am a passionate volunteer for a variety of organizations, but what has kept me so strongly involved with Wings of Hope, is a commitment to helping vulnerable persons through a very acute and difficult period of their lives. I am also proud to be associated with such a determined, creative, and capable group of volunteers.

Rhonda Aiello

Director of Fund Development

I am a third generation Calgarian and have worked in the oil and gas industry for the past 26 years. I feel most fulfilled when I know I am making a difference and helping others. I have been volunteering with Wings of Hope for over 4 years in various roles. I am currently focused on sustained long-term funding to help more patients in need.

Brandi Bodnar

Director of Communications

It is a personal commitment of mine to support and help others. Wings of Hope is a vital organization to the Calgary community and I am honoured to be a part of it. It is a privilege to be able to make life a little easier for those going through such a distressing time.

Dr. Vanessa Krause

Advisor

A medical oncologist at the Tom Baker Cancer Centre, Dr. Krause is imperative to the success of Wings of Hope. Providing invaluable insight and direction thus allowing the organization to help as many people as possible.

Cassandra Calder

Director at Large

I am someone who is dedicated to volunteerism in the Calgary community.  I actively volunteer with the Children’s Cottage Society, Wings of Hope, and the Calgary Stampeders. After experiencing the hardship that my family suffered, when a loved one underwent treatment for breast cancer, I recognized the importance of organizations like Wings of Hope. I am grateful for the opportunity to help others by alleviating hardships during a stressful time.

Patricia Smith-Grayton

Secretary

I was attracted to Wings of Hope because more than 95% of funds raised are directed to patients and is a 100% volunteer run organization.  I believe and have seen, firsthand, that cancer is expensive in many different ways for everyone. By trying to help with mundane but necessary expenses, Wings of Hope tries to lift the burden a little, allowing patients to focus on recovery.  I am a mother, a grandmother, a retired lawyer, a biologist, and a veterinary tech assistant. I currently work the family horse farm just outside of Calgary, Alberta.