Spring  2019


 It's Almost Time

A message from the Executive Director

I'm not sure what the ground hogs had to say this year, but I am personally enjoying the longer days, warmer temperatures, and the sights and sounds of spring. 

It's been a busy few months at camp as we have had several community groups hosting retreats at Camp he Ho Ha.  We are grateful for the community support and honestly would not be able to meet our annual budget, and provide adapted programs for Albertans with special needs without the revenue from these groups.   

With summer camp just around the corner the process of registering campers and hiring summer staff is in full swing in anticipation of spring.  The demand for our summer programs is greater than ever.  Summer camp registration opened on February 6th and in the first 24 hours 505 Albertans with disabilities registered on-line through our website.  Today the majority of our 750 available spaces in one of our 10 summer camps are booked.  This is bittersweet as hundreds of Albertans look forward to their summer holiday because there are many individuals that are not registered and hope that space becomes available and they are taken off a wait list.

From a financial standpoint we remain positive that the Alberta community will step up to the plate in the midst of a challenging and uncertain economic landscape.    I am optimistic with the support of our camp community we will be able to cover the cost of operating our summer programs and facility operations.

We do require your financial support more than ever this year and I encourage you to reach out to see how you too can make a difference.

No one has ever become poor by giving
~Anne Frank~

Thank you for your committed support to our efforts in making a difference in the lives of Albertans with disabilities.

Warm Regards, 
Greg Nielsen
Executive Director

Summer Camp
Let the fun begin!
A Legacy of Giving Back   

We at Camp He Ho Ha are certainly  excited as we prepare for our 59th year of providing summer camps for individuals with disabilities in Alberta.  

As we approach our 60th anniversary I am humbled by those individuals that have come before me and worked so hard to make these programs available in Alberta to over 740 people each year who are looking for a barrier free summer camping experience.

2019 Summer Camp  Calendar

We are grateful for the opportunity to learn so many positive life lessons from this wonderful group of people!




Where are they now?

"Camp He Ho Ha is an absolute amazing place to work.  And to be quite honest, calling it "work" or "a job" does not make sense.  Camp is a family, and a home" - Sam H.

"When I first came to Camp, I had expectations and hopes but no words can properly prepare anyone for how incredible this camp truly is." - Lindsay W.

"Camp has taught me how to be confident, to be brave, and have faith in my abilities.  Camp has shown me what true and raw love, joy and happiness are. " - Ben F.

What choice will you make this year for your post secondary summer employment?  

If you are interested in making a difference in the lives of individuals with disabilities while forever changing your life in a positive, magical way apply today.   

What's Up
Facility Rental Groups 

Camp Health, Hope & Happiness on Lake Isle

One of the cornerstones of the Camp Ho Ho Ha business model is our facility rental program.  Throughout the 2019 calendar there are in excess of 55 unique and varied groups booked to stay in our accommodations, access meeting spaces, utilize recreational opportunities, as well as enjoy our meal services.  The rental program generates roughly 25% of our annual budget and is imperative to supporting our summer camp programs for individuals with special needs during the summer.

Many thanks to all the groups that have chosen Camp He Ho Ha in 2019.  Your support is so very much appreciated.

If you are interested in exploring the options to host a retreat at our  location please contact bobbi@camphehoha.com
Rocky Mountain Quilters
Thank you Ladies for your support

Thank you ladies for continuing to choose Camp Health, Hope & Happiness as your retreat destination of choice for your quilting adventures.
Looking forward to seeing you again!
Heartland Chorus
A Chorus of Angels

Alberta Heartland Chorus is a chapter of Sweet Adelines International, a highly respected worldwide organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through performance, education and competition. This independent, nonprofit music education association is one of the world's largest singing organizations for women.
Thank you ladies for sharing your gift of music with Camp Health, Hope & Happiness on Lake Isle. 
 He Ho Ha Staff
      Mark Buchanan 
Assistant Food Services Manager

Thank you Mark
Mark Buchanan joined chef Adam Fisher in May of 2018 and has been an integral component to the food services department for the past 10 months.

Mark has eagerly been learning the Camp He Ho Ha food services operations while providing delicious meals for our summer camp programs as well as rental guests.

Recently Mark attended NAIT for his first year of culinary school as he moves toward his dream of becoming a red seal chef.  We are proud of you for taking the leap! 

Speaking for all of us at Camp Health, Hope & Happiness you make a HUGE difference in our lives! 

Thank you Mark for all that you do for the organization and the hundreds of Albertans with disabilities that attend each summer.  

We look forward to another great year of you providing an amazing service to the thousands of guests that will visit our facility.
Donor Recognition
The Tree of Hope recognizes supporters of Camp He Ho Ha giving $5,000 or greater in support of individuals with disabilities
For more information on becoming a Tree of Hope Donor, please contact
Greg Nielsen by email at greg@camphehoha.com  
Thank you for your generous support of Camp He Ho Ha!  
Fundraising Events  
Please consider the many ways you can make a difference.
  1. Event Sponsor - provide financial support through cash and or prizes
  2. Participant - raising pledges in support of the event
  3. Volunteer - contact the offices to see how you can get involved
  4. Donor - support a participant raising pledges with a financial gift
  5. Event Promotion - share events with your community via social media, etc.
We look forward to your support - together we can make a difference.

Please contact our offices for additional information on how you can get involved.

Community Events

Richard Cender Memorial Charity Golf Tournament 

WFG Making a Difference in their Community
We are excited to announce that Camp Health, Hope & Happiness on Lake Isle is the 2019 charity of choice for the WFG Richard Cender Memorial Golf Tournament.  We can't thank the organizing committee enough for their belief in our organization and our summer programs for Albertans with disabilities.  You are making a HUGE difference in the lives of our campers!

The event will be held on Friday, July 12, 2019 at The Ranch Golf & Country Club West of Edmonton.  We ask that you connect with this amazing event as a hole sponsor, donor of auction prizes or supporter of the event through registering a team of four golfers.

Last year's event held at Eagle Rock Golf and Country club raised $31,805 in support of our 2018 summer camp programs.  With the amazing support of the World Financial Group Family and their community we look forward to surpassing this total this July.  Please help us make this dream come true for Albertans with disabilities.

To register visit the Richard Cender Memorial Golf Tournament website:

Camp He Ho Ha and REMAX at West Edmonton Mall

We were fortunate to have wonderful community minded friends supporting our efforts at Camp Health, Hope & Happiness on Lake Isle.  I was introduced to George Van DeWalle of Remax St. Albert a few years ago at a charity golf tournament in support of camp.  It wasn't long into our 18 holes of golf together that I could see that George was a genuine guy with a desire to support community and make a difference for others.

Summer Camp Coordinator Kelly French visiting with past campers
The weekend of February 22nd found us at the REMAX booth in West Edmonton Mall promoting our brand and summer camp programs.  A big Thank you to George and his assistant Karen for their support throughout the weekend as well as the shoppers that stopped by to visit our booth.

Sundance Balloons of Edmonton

Thanks to Travis Sutherly for entering our draw; Sunday night his name was drawn for the hot air balloon ride with Sundance Balloons of Edmonton (prize value of $650).  Many thanks to George Van De Walle for providing this great prize!

Over the past couple years George has been a supporter of 3rd party events in support of Camp He Ho Ha, a donor, a hole sponsor of our Swing FORE Camp, and a wonderful ambassador of camp in the community he serves. Thanks George! 

For all your real estate needs give George a call 780-458-8300

Donor Visits 
Thank you to all the individuals, business organizations, and groups that invited us for a visit.

Unfortunately we were unable to accommodate all of the requests to attend events and we appreciate your understanding.  

Here are just a few of the many stories of the amazing supporters of camp that we would like to share with you!

Royal Alexandra Hospital Employees Charitable Giving Fund

Thank you to the hundreds of employees who contribute to the RAH Employees Charitable Giving Fund each month.  Your generosity makes dreams possible for individuals with special needs at Camp He Ho Ha each summer.
Thank you for including us in your Gift of Giving celebration!

Thank you RAH employees

Realtors Community Foundation
The 2019 Big Give event in support of local charities was hosted by the Realtors Community Foundation at Edmonton City Hall on March 18th, 2019.  Camp Health, Hope & Happiness was fortunate to be one of the charities to receive funds from the foundation.  Thank you to the funding allocations committee for believing in the work we are so passionate about at He Ho Ha.  

Realtors Community Foundation Board of Directors

Thank you to the Edmonton and surrounding area realtors for their support of local charities.  Who you are makes a difference at Camp Health, Hope & Happiness on Lake Isle.

The Magic of Ability

It's always a privilege to have the opportunity to support other charitable organizations that work with individuals with disabilities.  The Magic of Ability event was held on Friday March 15th, 2019 at the NAIT Campus in support of the Paralympic Sports Association, the Brain Care Centre and Spinal Cord Injury Alberta.

Thank you to the organizing committee for wonderful evening of magic, acrobatics, music, entertainment, fine food and drink and inspiring stories.


Congratulations on a successful fund raiser in support of three very important charities!
Hope to see you soon at Camp He Ho Ha!