Apr 25, 2018 – Club Tours STARS Facility

On April 25, fourteen members of the Leduc Happy Homesteaders square dance club visited the S.T.A.R.S Air Ambulance facility in Nisku, AB.

Sheyanne Levall-Crouse, Development Officer, Events

Host Sheyanne Levall-Crouse gave a presentation about the history and function of the Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society along with some statistics.  Members learned, for example, that STARS has facilities in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba; that the group has flown 39,000 missions since 1985, an average

Members watch the presentation. L to R: Gladys, Gwen, Norman, Marie

of eight missions per day; that it costs millions of dollars to run, with 20% funding from Alberta Health and 80% funded by corporate sponsors and organizations such as our club;  that STARS was an integral part of the emergency response team in Humboldt immediately after the recent bus tragedy there.

Following the presentation, the group had a chance to pose for a group funding photo:

Left to right: Lisa, Ann, Tony, Doreen, Dave (caller), Tom, Verena, Norm (Prez), Krista, Dawn, Gwen, Gladys, Dave (Treas), Marie. Some members were unable to attend due to work or travel.

Verena watches Doug demonstrate how the bed moves for patient transport and care

A look at the hi-tech digital cockpit

The dancers also had a chance to look around the hangar and talk with Doug, one of the flight engineers who keep the ‘copters up and running.

The group examines the helicopter and chats with STARS staff


The Homesteaders have been long-time supporters of STARS, holding an annual fund-raiser dance.   This year, the group raised over $2000

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