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Local HERO Foundation introduces new executive director

Local HERO Foundation Press Release | September 25, 2023

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Andrea Montgomery Spring, left, stands with Lorna Ash, the incoming executive director of the Local Helicopter Emergency Response Organization (HERO) Foundation. Paul Jen Photo

After an extensive search that attracted qualified candidates locally and from across Canada, a long-time resident of the Fort McMurray region in Alberta has been selected as the next executive director of the Local HERO (Helicopter Emergency Response Organization) Foundation.

As of Oct. 10, 2023, Lorna Ash will succeed Andrea Montgomery Spring, who has been in the role since the foundation’s inception 10 years ago.

Ash is well known to many, having spent the last 20 years living, working and volunteering in the region she calls home. Since 2016, she has been the director of development of the Northern Lights Health Foundation.

Prior experience with Conoco-Phillips Canada and Total E&P Canada in their departments of Community Investment and Stakeholder Engagement as well as Fund Development, Sponsorship and Events Coordination with the Keyano College Foundation means Ash understands the intricacies and issues of the charitable sector.

“On behalf of the Board, I am pleased to make this announcement. Lorna has the energy and experience that Local HERO needs to continue to build a solid foundation of community support,” said Bryce Kumka, board chair.

“I would like to thank Andrea Montgomery Spring for her decade of dedication to our mission,” Ash responded. “I welcome the opportunity to partner with the board of directors to execute the founder’s (Paul Spring’s) vision, leading the integral work of the foundation through the next chapter.”

“I look forward to collaborating with Lorna as we continue to provide a safe and vital life-saving service for northeastern Alberta,” said Paul Spring, former board chair and owner of Phoenix Heli-Flight, which operates the helicopter service. Paul is also a current aviation advisor for the board.

“I know the program is in good hands,” added Andrea Montgomery Spring. “Lorna and I will work closely to ensure a smooth transition.”

The Local HERO Foundation exists to promote and deliver 24/7 helicopter emergency services for northeastern Alberta, at no cost to the patients.

This press release was prepared and distributed by the Local HERO Foundation.

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