Quarterly Newsletter | Summer 2020
Current Fundraisers & Events

August 26, 7:00pm (via Zoom)
Virtual Summer Camp -Kangaroo Kourt
August 27, 7:00pm (via Zoom)
November 11, 2020 (Wrap up via Zoom)
Message from the ED
I hope this message finds you and your loved ones safe and healthy during these continually unusual times.
With our summer camp programs for Albertans with disabilities cancelled, it’s been eerily quiet past the gates of Camp Health, Hope & Happiness on Lake Isle. The decision to cancel all 2020 camps continues to be difficult as so many campers and staff were looking forward to the summer of their lives at He Ho Ha. 
On a more positive note, we considered ways to stay engaged with our camp community and for the first time in 60 years we held a virtual summer camp in early July. For the past 2 months, we have been hosting several weekly hour-long programs for our summer camp community. Campers from around Alberta have been able to enjoy all types of programs from the comfort of their homes or care facility; Bingo, crafts, talent nights just to name a few. Today we are grateful for the technology that makes this possible as well as the many campers that have joined us over the past couple of months.
Unfortunately, like summer camp, our rental program has been suspended throughout the summer. We are certainly missing the amazing individuals that choose to use Camp Health, Hope & Happiness on Lake Isle as their retreat destination of choice - we are also missing the revenues typically generated from these visits.
I would like to thank those Albertans who have realized their financial support is more important than ever in 2020. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of individuals with special needs!
Without your financial support, our organization and much-needed programs for children and adults with mental and physical disabilities would cease to exist in the province.
Wishing each of you well as we hope to get our operations back up and running in the near future!
With Gratitude,
Greg Nielsen
Executive Director,
Camp Health, Hope & Happiness
Donate Now
Every single donation makes a difference in helping change lives and empowering people of all abilities at Camp Health, Hope & Happiness. The incredible work we do is only possible because of donors like you. With your support, individuals with physical and mental disabilities will be able to attend more than just summer camp; they will be empowered through activity with memories that last!
Please join us in our 60th Anniversary Celebration Fundraiser: #Gratitude60. Celebrate the incredible history of Camp He Ho Ha to create a place of acceptance, inclusion, and love for thousands of Albertans with disabilities. Reflect on all that you are thankful for and share your positive thoughts and gratitude with others.

It's as easy as 1, 2, 3, 4.

  1. Join the campaign by making a minimum $25 personal donation,
  2. Share your participation in the event and post your daily gratitude to social media using the hashtags #Gratitude60 #60YearsStrong #CampHeHoHa,
  3. Raise a minimum of $100 in pledges to receive your 60th-anniversary summer camp T-Shirt,
  4. Join us on Zoom for 60 minutes of Gratitude on November 11th, 2020.
Virtual Summer Camps
Remember what it was like to chat with your buddy, cabin mates, or camp counsellor? We have created a series of FREE virtual summer camps to connect with our campers. This summer, from the comfort of their own homes, campers can attend camp.

We know that our campers, caregivers and counsellors miss each and every part of Camp He Ho Ha. The connection that's felt at camp is so important, and we wanted to turn this challenging time into an opportunity. This is why we've decided to host a virtual summer camp! We know it isn't the same as coming out to Lake Isle and Camp He Ho Ha for a week, but we are just excited to see camper's smiling faces again.

The virtual summer camps include some of our most beloved programs such as skit night, arts and crafts, bingo, and virtual campfires! Virtual programs are hosted through Zoom and open to all our campers! Stay up-to-date on all the future events by following us on Facebook!
Camp Sign Gets a Fresh Look Thanks to South Edmonton Kiwanis Club
A big thank you to the South Edmonton Kiwanis Club for providing funding to refurbish the Camp He Ho Ha Entry Sign.

When you next arrive at Camp you can see the beautiful new sign greeting you upon your arrival. The reverse of the sign is just as nice, with the smiling faces of a few of our campers thanking you for your visit.
The Generosity of Stollery Charitable Foundation and Edmonton Community Foundation Provides Dump Truck and Box for Camp
Thanks to the generosity of grant funding from the Stollery Charitable Foundation and Edmonton Community Foundation, Camp He Ho Ha has been able to replace our nearly 30-year-old dump truck and hydraulic lift dump box. Our old dump truck was in need of replacing as it had become unsafe on the roads. 

Together the Stollery Charitable Foundation and Edmonton Community Foundation recognized our need and came through with funding for a new Dump Truck and box. This update to our equipment is an investment in the long term needs of Camp; ensuring our organization has the tools for success now and for many years to come.

Thank you Stollery Charitable Foundation for your generous grant funding of $47,400 towards a new Dump Truck. 

Thank you Edmonton Community Foundation for your generous grant funding of $25,300 towards a new Dump Box and Hydraulic Lift. 
Camp's New Cube Van
Thank you to our generous donors Kiwanis Downtown Edmonton and ACT/UCT #1016 Edmonton for your generous contributions to give Camp a new cube van.

This investment helps keep Camp's vehicle fleet up to date, safe, and roadworthy. Thank you Kiwanis Downtown Edmonton and ACT/UCT #1016!
Rumbold Family Strong Supporters of Camp at all Times
In 2019 Grace and Arnold Rumbold established the Rumbold Foundation which is used to continue their philanthropic goals, and to ensure the sustainability of their chosen charities! 

For many years, Grace has been generously supporting Camp. Despite the cancellation of 2020 summer camp programs and the uncertainty of Covid-19, this year is no different. Grace and Arnold Rumbold visited Camp on July 7, 2020, with a special gift to Camp. We are very grateful to receive a very generous donation from their Foundation.

Grace and Arnold, you are the epitome of true philanthropists, and we are so blessed to have you as special friends of Camp!
The Rumbold Foundation is the proud sponsor of our camp for Adults with Physical Disabilities.  
Cabela's Outdoor Fund Gives back to Camp's Outdoor Recreation
In the summer of 2019 Camp started working with Cabela's Canada seeking support for the 25th annual Shoot for Cause Archery Shoot. Cabela's support of this event would make a positive financial difference to Camp's outdoor recreation programs for individuals with disabilities.

Camp He Ho Ha was grateful to be selected to receive $3,000 in support in 2020. Despite the cancellation of a physical archery shoot in 2020, Cabela's Outdoor Fund has still honoured their commitment to Camp allowing us to spend the funds on another project.

Thank you Cabela's Outdoor Fund for your generosity and for your commitment to inclusive programs for individuals with disabilities!
Thank You for Your Support!
2020 is certainly a unique year at Camp and around the world. Thank you to those of you who have already given in 2020, despite the uncertainty of life amid these challenging times.

The value a donation brings to campers, their families, and caregivers is immeasurable. For the mothers, fathers, caregivers, and family members of individuals with disabilities finding supportive and inclusive respite programs can be a challenge. Having a reputable facility and programs like ours means more than words can explain to our campers and their loved ones.

Thank you to everyone who has given this year. Your generous contribution ensures that our facility can be open and available in 2021 and the future. Together we can create an atmosphere of love where each individual is celebrated, and campers are encouraged to be themselves and believe in their abilities.
Helping a person with disabilities experience inclusion and unconditional love in a safe environment is a gift only someone like you can provide countless individuals with disabilities and their families.