Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation
President and CEO Sharlene Rutherford, a long-serving member of the Royal Alexandra Hospital Foundation (RAHF), also leads the Alberta Women's Health Foundation (AWHF). The AWHF was launched in 2020 by the RAHF to further expand upon its mission in women’s health. Sharlene is a fund development leader specializing in campaign strategy, relationship building, and strategic leadership of cross-functional teams.
Sharlene began with the RAHF in 2005 and was tasked with developing and executing the communications, media, and marketing plan for the Lois Hole Hospital for Women and its capital fundraising campaign. At the time, the $22 million campaign was the most substantial fundraising effort in the Foundation's history and included fund development for three research chairs and a further multi-million commitment to the Women and Children's Health Research Institute.
Rutherford fully transitioned to fund development and by 2010 was leading teams across multiple fundraising efforts serving the CK Hui Heart Centre, Eye Institute of Alberta, and Orthopedic Surgery Centre, while strengthening donor engagement to advance research, technology and innovative programs at the Lois Hole Hospital for Women.
Rutherford is a connector and community-builder, whose M.O. is one of long-term vision and big-picture thinking. She has been instrumental in spearheading the birth and launch of the AWHF, a new pan-provincial healthcare charity. The AWHF supports the advancement of care and research in women's health by further connecting the dots—harnessing partnerships and collaboration to break down borders and expand fundraising reach across Alberta.
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