Foothills Foundation

July 22, 2016

We wish to share exciting news! Our new legal name Westwinds Communities will be officially rolled out June 1, 2016 and replace our former name Foothills Foundation.

The name Westwinds reflects the wind direction in our region and provides context of our location. Communities was selected to reflect our supportive living, independent living, family housing and affordable housing communities in addition to the local communities we provide service (Black Diamond, Okotoks, Turner Valley and High River) and the local communities we service (from Calgary to Claresholm, and east to Vulcan and west to Bragg Creek). The new name Westwinds Communities will minimize confusion with local organizations of similar names and eliminate the perception that we provide funding to charities.

On an annual basis Westwinds Communities provides assistance to over 575 households, employs 62 staff and has an annual budget of $7.5M. We provide seniors, social and affordable housing services to households in 10 communities. Since 1960, we have been governed by a voluntary board and legislated under the Alberta Housing Act.

Our e-mail contact information will change to a format of This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it but mailing address and telephone numbers remain the same. We request that you update your record information to reflect our new name. Please also have a look at our new website which will be launched soon at

July 14, 2016

March 14, 2016

Following the December 15th, 2015 fire that destroyed the Medicine Tree Manor, we are moving into a re-mobilization mode and very excited about rebuilding the 100 unit Lodge. 

The Foothills Foundation remains committed to the community and the seniors' of the area; with this in mind construction will be starting in the spring of 2016 on rebuilding Medicine Tree Manor, with an anticipated opening late in 2017.  At this time we are not accepting applications for Medicine Tree Manor.  There will be opportunity closer to opening to apply for residency in the new Manor.  At that time information will be shared through the local newspaper, website and announcements. 

If you have immediate housing needs, we are accepting applications for immediate residency at High Country Lodge in Black Diamond.  Located just west of High River, High Country lodge is a beautiful 41 resident lodge with mountain views in the lovely community of Black Diamond offering a local hospital, drug store, grocery store and local amenities. 

Applications for Sandstone Lodge are being accepted for wait list.  

If you would like to apply for either High Country Lodge or Sandstone Lodge please complete an application form and medical. 

file icon pdf Lodge Application.pdf    file icon pdf Medical Form.pdf

Medicine Tree Manor

THANK YOU Friends of Medicine Tree Manor

Our community comes together to help seniors after December fire destroys Manor in High River  Medicine Tree. 

We awoke at 5:50 a.m. on December 15, 2015 to a devastating fire that destroyed the Medicine Tree Manor (under construction and vacant) and damaged the adjacent Soderberg House. Our shock was quickly quelled by acts of kindness, support and immediate emergency response from so many people throughout High River including fire fighters, employees, individuals, municipal officials, emergency services, local services and so many more who helped ensure our seniors were safely temporarily settled, supported our evacuation and supported us while we waited the outcome of the fire.

 Our Seniors’ are our priority. Safe, supportive housing is greatly needed in our community and we are committed to rebuilding the Manor.

Thank you to everyone who opened your hearts and quickly mobilized to help our seniors and staff. We would especially like to thank the extraordinary efforts of:

Fire fighters and volunteers from the following fire departments: High River, Black Diamond, Blackie, Cayley, Heritage Pointe & Okotoks,

Tenants of Soderberg House and their families,

Town of High River Emergency Operation Centre,

Family Community Support Services,

Town of High River Roads and Infrastructure,

Foothills Foundation employees for their amazing emergency response and support to fellow employees,

Clark Builders for assisting in our administrative office evacuation and stabilizing the site,

Royal Canadian Mounted Police,

Neighbours on 9th Street and west of MacLeod Trail for accommodating road closures,

Emergency services volunteers,

Bev and Bob Richer,

Community volunteers who prepared meals for the fire department and volunteers,

Church of Jesus Christ LDS,

Hull Services,

Arrow Cabs,

Heritage Inn,


Shaw Cable,

Shawnee Excavating and Trucking

and the High River community for their generous support and response.

September 2, 2014

For information and application for the Coal Trail Residences, please refer to the Coal Trail website at: