Debbie Buchanan

Debbie’s relationship with the Heart and Stroke Foundation began after she experienced a series of strokes that prevented her from continuing her work in the school system. Seeking a new opportunity, she soon began volunteering for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Debbie has volunteered with the Okanagan/Kootenay Area Office since 2006.

Debbie first started helping with mail outs and organizing, but as her health improved she took on more and more tasks and is now volunteering on the front desk providing tremendous support to the Okanagan/Kootenay Area Office. She is a great Foundation ambassador and has made such a positive impact through her relationships with staff, volunteers and people that come into the office. As a stroke survivor, she is a true testament to overcoming obstacles, to making a difference in the world by sharing goodwill, health and well-being in your community.


Anna Shanh

When Anna was just 25-years-old, her heart stopped in Sudden Cardiac Arrest when she was at her local gym. But, thanks to the nearby presence of an AED, lifeguards were able to restart her heart, and save her life.

“I am so thankful and grateful for being alive today and for the life guards who saved my life with an AED,” Anna Shanh says.

Today, the Heart and Stroke Foundation is advocating for AEDs to become as common as fire extinguishers, and Anna is lending her support to the cause by sharing her story in public awareness campaigns. But her support doesn’t stop there. Anna is a very enthusiastic volunteer who has also helped out on our information line, telephone thank you events and numerous speaking events. By joining forces with the Heart and Stroke Foundation, Anna is helping to educate Canadians that CPR and AEDs can and do save lives – like her own.


Jackie McLean

Jackie’s life changed after her husband had a stroke. Since then she has made it her personal goal to promote awareness about stroke and for over 8 years has fundraised to support the Heart and Stroke Foundation. As a Big Bike Team Captain for the Royal Bank where she worked, Jackie led an energetic team to fundraise while promoting awareness and in four years raised over $10,000. Jackie has also volunteered for our Annual Mother Daughter Walk helping to process pledge forms and preparing bank deposits. After her retirement from the bank we were very fortunate to have Jackie coming to volunteer weekly in our Surrey Area Office helping to process all monies received from the schools program and lending her expertise in helping to make the pledge form process more efficient. Jackie has made it her mission to educate her colleagues, friends and families about heart disease and stroke.