The Canmore health care advantage

Scott Henderson Client Releases, Origin Active Lifestyle Communities, Spring Creek

Local seniors home residents reap the rewards of team fundraising efforts

October 25, 2019, Canmore, Alberta – Soulafa Al-Abbasi, executive director for the Canmore and Area Health Care Foundation (CAHCF), will be honoured as a member of the Association for Healthcare Philanthropy’s (AHP) 40 Under 40 list at the organization’s annual international conference in Washington DC, October 23-26.

The award from the organization, which describes itself as exclusively dedicated to development professionals who encourage charity in health care organizations and boasts more than 4,300 members from more than 2,200 health care facilities around the world, puts Canmore – already known for attracting top-notch health care professionals – squarely on the international health care map.

“We’re very lucky to have the calibre of health care we have in Canmore,” says Al-Abbasi. “Many of the doctors and other health care practitioners come for the lifestyle, and the entire community benefits. Plus, the hospital is only 10 or 15 minutes drive from anywhere in town.”

With a year-round population of less than 15,000 (2016 Census), and a total of 67 doctors in town according to the Alberta College of Physicians and Surgeons website listing, the ratio of physicians per capita working either out of the Canmore General Hospital or private practice compares very favourably to most big cities and translates to shorter wait times. In fact, with one doctor for approximately every 225 residents, Canmore has more physicians per person than Calgary, which has one doctor for every 274 people. (Source:

From general family practitioners, to plastic surgeons, dermatologists, gynecologists, pediatricians, psychiatrists, radiologists, ophthalmologists, and even its own cancer treatment clinic – the Bow Valley Community Cancer Centre – Canmore takes care of its own.

Cindy Drury, general manager of Origin at Spring Creek seniors residence, who partner with CAHCF on fundraising events such as ‘A Taste of Origins’, wholeheartedly agrees.

“This award is well-deserved and proves Canmore offers the best care possible, especially for seniors. People need to consider not just the health services available inside a seniors residence but also where the residence is located and the level of care provided by the town. We have many doctors and medical services here in town specifically to support seniors and some doctors even still make house calls to our residents.”

The CAHCF is a charitable foundation that helps raise funds for local health services with the mission to “provide charitable financial resources for the continuing improvement of the facilities and services of the Canmore General Hospital through the encouragement of philanthropy and the guardianship of these financial resources.”

Funding covers everything from new beds and technical medical equipment, to improved facilities and a variety of health care programs such as music therapy, cancer support therapy, yoga, meditation, hospital garden therapy and more.

“We just spent $92,000, mainly on operating room equipment,” says Al-Abbasi. “We buy everything from sofa beds to ultrasound machines and baby monitors. Whatever they need.”

Right now, she says, they’re renovating the long-term care unit. “It’s a $1.5 million project and we’re up to about $1 million now, so it will be finished in phases.”

It’s not just the existence of these and other health care facilities – the Canmore Public Health Clinic and Ridgeview Medical Centre, and various private medical and wellness practices – however, that helped make Canmore one of the top places to retire in Alberta ( but also access to these services.

Aside from the clean mountain air, myriad of outdoor recreation activities and friendly small town vibe, Canmore has earned a well-deserved reputation as somewhere not just to retire, but to grow old in – with modern seniors residences like Origins at Spring Creek leading the way in terms of resident care, offering many unique amenities and programs as part of their assisted and independent living, memory care and respite care services.

“Our residents have quick and easy access to some of the best health care anywhere,” says Cindy Drury, general manager of Origin at Spring Creek. “We’re proud to partner with groups like the CAHCF to support the Canmore General Hospital and improve the quality of life not just for our residents, but for everyone in town. We like to call it the ‘Canmore advantage’.”

Origin at Spring Creek launched in 2013 and features 56 full ownership suites and 54 rental suites – including 15 units in their MorningStar memory care wing. Monthly lease rates start at $3,900.

Origin features a ‘wholistic’ approach that focuses on the total well-being of residents in terms of mind, body and spirit. With more than 42,000 square feet of amenity space, residents of Origin at Spring Creek have access to state-of-the-art recreation including fitness, dining, spa, entertainment and a new woodworking shop. There’s even a saltwater aqua-therapy pool in addition to Origin’s unique Evergreen Spa, which provides a revolutionary approach to aesthetics and wellness for active aging seniors.

Aqua Zumba, Aqua Walking and water balance training are safe and progressive programs that provide maximum health benefits in a fun, social environment. Designed as a nature-inspired oasis, the spa offers a calm, soothing setting for fitness, relaxation, beauty and nutrition.

As part of their ‘What do you want to do today’ programming, residents can also participate in a multitude of social events from bingo and card games, to movie nights, to guided outings in and around town.


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About Origin at Spring Creek

Origin operates innovative, industry leading active lifestyle communities across Canada. With senior residences in Ontario, Alberta and BC, Origin has more than 23 years of experience in senior housing and supported living services. Its active living philosophy promotes better living through active life enrichment programs, combined with executive chef prepared, nutritionally balanced cuisine and resident-focused care when required.