“I live in Calgary, but my heart lives in rural Alberta, along with my horse and my fishing rod”.
RhPAP Director, Linda Humphreys, wants future generations to get as much enjoyment out of Alberta’s rural communities as she has.
“We need to do everything we can to support rural Alberta.”
Linda and her horse, Bentley, have been up mountains, across streams, and around the arena many times. They now participate in the Will for Riding Foundation, which provides therapeutic horseback riding sessions to children with physical, mental, and sensory disabilities.
“It gives [the children] a sense of freedom, fluidity, and independence,” adds Humphreys. “When you see how happy it makes the parents to see their children in that state, it’s really worthwhile.”
A chartered accountant by trade, Linda spent over two decades in senior management and executive roles in health research in southern Alberta, supporting research that improved the quality of life of Albertans and people around the world.
Also an avid fly-fisher, Linda spent some of the best days of her life on streams in southern Alberta, and was the driving force in bringing the Casting for Life program to breast cancer survivors in Alberta.
“There is evidence that that the casting motion can be very therapeutically beneficial in the recovery from breast cancer, so I was able to combine my love of fly-fishing with my knowledge of the health-care infrastructure in Alberta, to really create something that is of great value of breast cancer survivors.”
For many years Linda used her expertise on the RhPAP Finance and Audit committee. Now retired, Linda continues to serve RhPAP as Vice Chair of the Board of Directors.
“With the fast pace of changes in health-care delivery, we need to be nimble and effective at developing strategies to meet new challenges, and I think we’ve got the team to do it.”
Speaking of teams, is Linda a Flames fan or an Oilers fan?
“I originally lived in Calgary, was a Flames fan, and went to Edmonton, the first hockey game that I saw was the Flames versus the Oilers, and when the Flames scored and I stood up and cheered I wasn’t sure if I was gonna be able to stay in the arena,” Humphreys recalls.
“And now I’ve moved back to Calgary, but you know what I lived through the Gretzky years and all of those Stanley Cups, so I’m split right down the middle.”