Get Involved! Participate in a Study on Family Caregivers of Older Adults with Multiple Chronic Conditions

Participate in a new study to help family caregivers like you by finding out about your experiences of being a family caregiver.

Purpose: The purpose of this study is to enhance our understanding of the experiences of family caregivers providing care to older adults with multiple chronic conditions including stroke. The results of the research will help to find out the best way to assist caregivers like you. 

Who: We are looking to speak with English speaking family caregivers who are 18 years of age or older. You will be providing care to a friend or family member with stroke and two other chronic conditions, who is 65 years of age or older and living at home. A condition is chronic if someone has had it for 6 months or longer.

Your Involvement: Participate in up to 3 one-hour research sessions in your home either in-person, by phone or Skype on the caregiving process.  The first two sessions will include asking survey questions. The third session will be a conversational interview.

If you think you would like to join and/or would like more information, please view this brochure and do not hesitate to contact us by December 5, 2013 using the information below:

Heather Moquin

1(877) 692-5909 (toll free)




Outdoor Smoking Restrictions in Calgary

On June 5, the City of Calgary Committee on Community and Protective Services supported recommendations made by city administration on outdoor smoking restrictions and voted to move the issue to city council for approval. The Heart and Stroke Foundation is committed to giving children and youth the best start for a long and healthy life; this policy will protect children and youth from second hand smoke, and defend them from negative role modeling.  Please contact your City of Calgary Alderman and urge her/him to support this bylaw when it comes before city council.

Posted June 7, 2013


Certificate in Stroke Rehabilitation

Stroke Certificate Information | Stroke Certificate Brochure


This interdisciplinary online graduate level program provides high quality post-professional education on best-practices and evidence-based guidelines in stroke rehabilitation which will help to increase effectiveness and efficiency in helping stroke survivors to regain function and re-integrate into their home and community lives. This program, which consists of three 3 credit graduate-level courses, was designed specifically for the working professional.  Each course incorporates adult and IPE learning strategies, and uses the latest in online learning technologies.

This program will be of interest to nurses, physicians, physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech language pathologists, social workers and other health related professions. Stroke certificate courses are eligible for MainPro C or M-1 credits through the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

The instructors for the first course (REHAB 540) are Dr. Theresa Green, assistant professor in the Faculty of Nursing at the University of Calgary and Dr. Marilyn MacKay-Lyons, associate professor in the School of Physical Therapy at Dalhousie University.


Posted May, 14 2013


Heart Month 2013

Thank you to everyone- volunteers, canvassers, donors – for making Heart Month 2013 possible. Through the generosity and compassion of Canadians, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is able to apply life-saving knowledge, education and advocacy that generate real results and give us more of the moments that we all live for.

The total amount raised for Heart Month 2013, as of end of April, is $1,484,517! We could not have done it without YOU!

Posted May 7, 2013


Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medals

Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and the Governor General of Canada, His Excellency the Right Honourable David Johnston, invited the Heart and Stroke Foundation to nominate outstanding volunteers for consideration as recipients of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Commemorative Medal. In selecting nominees, the following characteristics were required:

  • Through their volunteer contributions, nominees have helped to build the Canada we enjoy today;
  • Candidates have distinguished themselves from others in the same field through their achievements and sustained contribution; and
  • Potential recipients are highly respected in their community.

Read more about the recipients of the medals here.

Posted February 13, 2013

Thank You for Your Kisses!

Brett Wilson launched his creative online fundraising event on February 1, and on February 13 he reached his goal - 20,000 virtual kisses! For each kiss he received, Brett pledged to donate $0.50 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation for Heart Month. Check out his great website - it's a true one-of-a-kind, as was this fundraiser. We're looking forward to what he comes up with next!

Posted February 13, 2013

University of Alberta Lab Tours

In appreciation of the outstanding philanthropic support for vital research in Alberta, the Heart and Stroke Foundation (HSF), University of Alberta and Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute hosted the University Of Alberta Research Lab Tours on Saturday February 9. Read more.   

Posted February 13, 2013