Widow appeals to public to lobby for emergency care in Sylvan Lake

I want to thank everyone who has emailed me, mailed me letters, signed petitions and sent donations.

Dear Editor:

I want to thank everyone who has emailed me, mailed me letters, signed petitions and sent donations.

I have about 20 letters but I need seven times 70. Donations are up to $3,800. I want to give these letters to the Health Minister Fred Horne, MLA Kerry Towle and Sylvan Lake Mayor Susan Samson. Please send me more letters supporting emergency care in Sylvan Lake that would be available on a 24/7 schedule.

I lost my husband Aug. 18 at the step of a doctor’s office at 4 p.m. on a Saturday afternoon. The doctor on call never to this day has returned my call in my need of desperation as I didn’t know where or what had happened to my husband for a short time. Only when I finally got a hold of my daughter — as she was trying to save her dad’s life administering CPR — did I know the condition of my husband’s life.

Our MLA is supportive however the others want to provide the over 13,200 population here in Sylvan Lake plus the surrounding area — which I am sure exceeds 15,000 residents — and the thousands of visitors we get in Sylvan Lake during the summer months, is only an urgent care facility. This is not enough. Facebook Town of Sylvan Lake to get the true definition of urgent care: a medical office with more beds and extended hours 6 a.m. to 8 p.m. — maybe 10 p.m. if we are lucky. And only for non-life threatening injuries.

Had there had been an emergency care facility, a life and death facility in Sylvan Lake, my husband’s life could have been saved. I really need everyone’s help in getting letters and petitions signed. Donations can be sent to me or I can provide additional information. I promise every cent will go to emergency care here in Sylvan Lake. The Town of Sylvan is also asking for donations for an urgent care facility not emergency care. Please send your donations to me.

If you don’t have a story of your own, I can email or mail you mine, just sign it. I can email or mail you a petition and you can place anywhere you want, workplace, cafe, church, gas stations. If you can’t mail the letters or petitions back to me, I will pick up letters and petitions — just tell me where to go.

I have never asked for so much help in all my life and have never been so desperate and compassionate for anything else as I am over a lifesaving cause for a town that should have had a facility like this in place years ago.

Facebook Annie-Martins Boychuk, mail or call me. Annie Boychuk, 9 Palmer Close, Sylvan Lake, AB T4S 1K3 403-358-4647 or br3@telus.net

Annie Boychuk,

Sylvan Lake

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