As a skier, Randy Garvey feels a sense of relief knowing that STARS is nearby, whether he’s driving to the slopes or skiing them.

“It is comforting to know that this essential service is there, should I ever need it,” said Garvey.

As volunteer chairman of the audit and finance committee on our board of directors, he understands STARS’ role in the healthcare system. Indeed, Garvey witnessed the importance of STARS first-hand when one of his ski students was airlifted following a serious incident in 2002.

“Air ambulance services play a vital role when seconds matter and access is difficult,” said Garvey, adding that although his student sustained a life-changing injury, he continued with his academic and business career and also launched a handcycle club for people with disabilities.

Not long after that incident, Garvey joined the board. “I wanted to help make a difference,” said Garvey, who has a keen interest in aviation.

Using the experience gained in various roles such as being a pilot and most recently, executive vice president of Western Canadian Bank, Garvey is an expert in his field. He and the other 22 board members provide STARS with a strong connection to the community. They also ensure that donations are spent efficiently and responsibly.

“I’ve seen remarkable commitment to the STARS mission across the organization,” said Garvey. He credits this enthusiasm to founder Dr. Greg Powell. “He envisioned the seamless blending of government and private sectors for a greater good.”

Andrea Robertson, STARS president and CEO, said Garvey is a champion for our charity. “We are extremely lucky to have someone of Randy’s seniority level lead the board’s audit and finance committee. Randy is uniquely qualified and is an invaluable part of our board.”