Victoria Hospital Foundation

By: Sherry Buckler

Sherry Buckler is the Executive Director of the Victoria Hospital Foundation.

The Victoria Hospital Foundation is dedicated to ensuring the provision of the best possible Health Care to all citizens of the Prince Albert and Northern Saskatchewan, by raising awareness and funds for the Victoria Hospital.

The Victoria Hospital Foundation is the registered charity charged with the task of "enhancing and enriching" the quality of health care at the Victoria Hospital. In recent years we have raised funds for numerous pieces of medical equipment that needed to be replaced or upgraded. There is a continuing need for funding due in part to the rapid advances being made in medical treatments available and the technology of today.

Currently the Prince Albert Parkland Health Region is completing the Victoria Regional Hospital Campus: Role and Scope of Services Study. The goal is to identify the Victoria Regional Hospital's needs and services to the year 2025. A decision on the study findings and the type of re-development or expansion required at the Victoria Regional Hospital is anticipated in the months ahead. The Victoria Hospital Foundation will be tasked with securing the "community" portion of funding necessary to proceed. Raising the funds will be a large and challenging goal requiring significant support from Prince Albert and every community served by the Victoria Regional Hospital.

Saskatchewan born and raised, Sherry relocated to Calgary in 1994 to acquire her Broadcast Journalism diploma after a 7 year career as a paralegal.   After a number of years in the media gaining experience in news reporting, on air-announcing, promotions, marketing and sports, she was offered a position as senior fund development coordinator at the MS Society of Canada.  It was then that she found her calling.  During her time with the MS Society, Sherry managed and grew the Society’s flagship fundraising event the MS Walk.  During her last year in Calgary, she led the Chapter’s walk to a record fundraising total of over $850,000 - making it the most successful MS Walk in Canada.  Shortly thereafter, Sherry and her husband made the decision to relocate back to Saskatchewan in order to raise their infant daughter in a more wholesome country setting.   It was then that she joined the Rawlco Radio sales team in Prince Albert and managed the annual Rawlco Lifestyles tradeshow.  There she continued to gain valuable sales and negotiating experience as well as form positive business relationships with many of Prince Albert’s local business owners. 

It wasn’t long before she was offered a position with the JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) to coordinate and manage the Chapter activities including Outreach for newly diagnosed Type 1 diabetic families, annual fundraising events and strategic relationships.  Sherry was able to once again, re-engage with her passion for working in non-profit.  She was successful at building a strong committee for the JDRF chapter, increasing overall revenue for the Chapter, securing effective and lasting media and corporate partnerships as well as developing a volunteer intake and recognition process.   She was also invited to sit on a national advisory committee to advise on the operations and execution of over 70 fundraising events across JDRF Canada.

Sherry has continually sought opportunities to stay ahead of the fundraising trends by participating in seminars, training and consulting with specialists to stay successful and competitive in a market that is often challenging.  As a result, in addition to her experience with fundraising, she has specialized knowledge in strategic relationships and sponsorship negotiations.

Sherry’s genuine love of people, her strong communications skills, media relations and her drive to make our local community better, will help enhance and grow an already outstanding organization such as the Victoria Hospital Foundation. 

Sherry lives in rural Prince Albert with her husband, Kent, their 7 year old daughter and their 2.5 year old son.  She enjoys traditional archery, organic gardening and cooking.  Her extended family lives in the Lakeland region.

“Most individuals with a commitment to the not-for-profit sector will tell you that being able to make an impact within their immediate community is what we ultimately strive for.   I am honoured and grateful for the opportunity to work for a foundation that has the safety, health and well-being of our family and friends at the heart of its work.  Nothing is more important than our local hospital.  I look forward to building upon the hard work of those that came before me and continuing to strengthen the foundation’s ability to contribute to the best possible health care for our community.”

Mitigating the Issues of Stress and Distractions in the Workplace.

April 29, 2017 - 10:14am

I was asked the other day to provide insight or advice on how our organization approaches stress and how we manage it.  It made me think how we all face this in our organizations and businesses and what a critical issue it can be for every employee.   We may all approach it a little differently but approaching it nonetheless, is the key.

Why Fundraising is More About the Dance, Than About the Music

February 7, 2017 - 10:30am

This spring marks 3 years since I was invited by the VHF Board to help lead our fine organization, and it wasn’t without some trepidation.

I faced new faces in the fundraising process, new challenges in building support throughout the community, and new, ambitious and worthy goals to meet in ensuring that our patients received the finest medical care and attention.

The Night Before Surgery

November 3, 2016 - 2:30pm


Many of us likely have already had, or will have, some type of operation at the Victoria Hospital. Whether it be emergency or planned, a hernia repair or hip replacement, a c-section or mastectomy, our hospital has 31 skilled and highly trained surgeons ready for us when that time comes. 

This year, our 11th Annual Give a Little Life Day has turned its focus toward the critical role of our surgical units. And what an important mission indeed, with over 300 different types of surgery and almost 6,000 surgeries being performed in total every year.     

“I want to help. There must be something that I can do.”

July 22, 2016 - 10:45am

We’ve all felt this angst at some point as we nervously scrolled a news article or watched with heavy hearts, a television report about a call to action.  

In a society where hundreds of media outlets deliver instantaneous and compelling news to our smartphones, radios and tvs, it is easy to feel torn, even helpless, as to where to make your personal donation or contribution count. It is difficult to choose, isn’t it, when it seems that the entire world needs saving. So where do we begin and why?  

Cuddle Cots

May 12, 2016 - 1:26pm

For parents of stillborn babies, parting with their child is the first step in a long and difficult grieving process, one that can last lifetime.

A device called a Cuddle Cot helps to make that process a little easier.

The cooling device is placed in a bassinet or crib and preserves a stillborn baby’s body so that he or she can remain with the parents in a hospital room, extending the time a family has to say goodbye.

Here’s the story of how the Cuddle Cot came to be at the Victoria Regional Hospital:

Give a Little Life 2016 for the Surgical Unit

May 9, 2016 - 7:19am

Great news!  The Victoria Hospital Foundation is very excited to announce that the 11th Annual Give a Little Life Day Radiothon is scheduled for Friday, December 2, 2016 and will support our hospital’s surgical unit!   Our Board and staff have worked very hard with the PAPHR over the last few months and have become aware of a great need to update, replace and purchase additional equipment to enhance and grow the various areas of our surgical unit. 

Our Foundation and our supporters are determined to continue the surge forward for better patient care in our community.

Questions and Answers

January 22, 2016 - 8:07am

As the Executive Director of the Victoria Hospital Foundation, I can report that my last year and a half has been nothing short of earnest learning and incredible inspiration! It has been 18 months of getting to know our community’s generous supporters, studying what we have done well and improving in areas where growth was needed. Along the way, I have been asked the same handful of questions time and time again from friends of the Foundation. I would love the opportunity to shed some light on these important questions.  

How I Aged Five Years in One Week

October 20, 2015 - 3:07pm Updated: October 22, 2015 - 10:36am

As I sat down to write this year’s Give a Little Life message, I smiled a little, and I shuddered a little.  I smiled because I have never felt so passionate about my work since joining our Foundation.  But I shuddered also.  Because in a strange twist of fate, it seems I have had a personal story to tell each time I put pen to paper.  And today is no different. 

As most of us know, this year our community will come together for our Intensive Care Unit of the Victoria Regional Hospital.