Hospital tour like no other

STARS representative Gisele Dickson and NAIT lab/X-ray student Jordyn Norish show off products at the STARS information table in the Three Hills Hospital lobby on March 15. ECA Review/D. Nadeau

In the coin toss of life, Bruce and Gisele Dickson of Black Diamond, Ab. decided that helping STARS was better than being a snowbird.

That’s why Bruce was in the Drumheller Hospital and Gisele at the Three Hills Hospital on March 15, 2019, representing STARS Air Ambulance.

“Bruce and I sell STARS calendars around the province for eight months,” said Mrs. Dickson, “and during snowbird season [we] do hospital meet and greets.”

In 2018, the couple took their friend-making and awareness tour to more than 80 mostly rural hospitals. Last week, they were in Taber, Raymond, Brooks, Bassano, Hanna, Oyen, Three Hills, and Drumheller.

In the Three Hills Hospital lobby, Dickson sold STARS clothing, calendars, and toys, greeted hospital visitors and staff, thanked donors for their support, answered questions and demonstrated what she says about herself: “I’ve been helping STARS for 17 years and I’m still passionate about their work. It is an honour to be associated with them.”

The STARS Air Ambulance started in 1985, operates 11 planes across western Canada, and conducted nearly 1,400 missions from its three Alberta bases last year.


David Nadeau

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