December 19, 2022

Capital Power provides $1-million gift to help STARS save lives

EDMONTON, Dec. 19, 2022 – A second generous $1 million donation from Capital Power has helped STARS reach its ambitious fundraising goal for the multi-year capital campaign to renew its fleet of air ambulance helicopters.

Capital Power provided the first $1 million gift to our fleet renewal campaign and now, with this donation, have contributed the last $1 million to this generational investment of 10 new H145 helicopters.

“Capital Power has been a long-time supporter of STARS and we recognize the invaluable life-saving service the organization provides,” said Brian Vaasjo, president and CEO of Capital Power. “We’re honoured to provide the final $1 million donation needed to complete the replacement of their helicopter fleet. With operations and employees in Alberta and British Columbia, it’s important that we support the essential work of STARS so that the service can continue to save lives across Western Canada.”

Capital Power made its first gift to STARS in 2009 and has remained a strong ally, donating a total of $2.33 million to the non-profit.

In June 2018, STARS unveiled a multi-year plan to replace its fleet of BK117 and AW139 aircraft with nine new medically equipped Airbus H145 helicopters, at a cost of CAD $13 million each. We have been able to purchase a 10th aircraft with support from generous donors, including Capital Power.

$1 million outfits a helicopter with the medical interior needed to perform emergency life-saving procedures.

“We couldn’t be more grateful for this incredibly generous gift from Capital Power,” said Andrea Robertson, STARS president and CEO. “We often say that it takes a community to save a life and when businesses and organizations support the important, live-saving work we do every day, it lets the community know how much they care.”

For more information contact:
Deborah Tetley, Manager, external relations & marketing | STARS |

Katherine Perron, Media relations & communications manager | Capital Power | | 1-780-392-5335

Learn more about STARS’ fleet renewal project at FIGHTINFLIGHT.CA


STARS was born from the conviction that no one should go without the care that could save their life. Operating 24/7 from bases in Calgary, Edmonton, Grande Prairie, Saskatoon, Regina and Winnipeg, STARS is your best hope in a worst-case scenario. If you need critical care, our mission is to be there for you — physically or virtually, in whatever capacity we can help. Because when it comes to the next patient who needs us, it’s never too far. Learn more at


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