In accord with this philosophy, the Foundation's objectives are to:
- Dedicate all funds, including those realized from investments, to the service of humanity.
- Maintain a sound financial base in order to expand the charitable works of the foundation.
- Seek investments in support of these objectives, especially investments which will in turn contribute to health care in Canada.
- Actively explore new opportunities to benefit humanity, especially in situations where extreme poverty exists.
The initial funding was effected by converting one of the founder's businesses - River View Nursing Home Ltd., Medicine Hat - into a registered charitable organization. With the sale of the River View Nursing Home in 1982, the Bow View Nursing Home in Calgary became the base of the foundation.
- Bow View Manor, Calgary - an accredited 193 bed Continuing Care Centre.
- The Brenda Strafford Foundation Chair in Geriatric Medicine established at the University of Calgary, March 27th, 1987.
- The Brenda Strafford Centre for the Prevention of Domestic Violence, opened in Calgary January 22nd, 1996, a joint venture with the City of Calgary.
- Gateway Place - temporary residence for women leaving a situation of domestic violence.
- Wentworth Manor - The Residence, a 105 suite assisted living project, opened in Calgary September 1st, 1996.
- In January of 1997 arrangements were made with the University of Calgary to establish The Brenda Strafford Chair in Alzheimer Research - officially sanctioned on March 25th, 1997.
- Development of a seven-part educational series on CD-ROM for Occupational Health and Safety. This interactive, self directed learning material was done in cooperation with the University of Calgary, Faculty of Nursing.
- Wentworth Manor - The Court, a 113 suite combined continuing care and assisted living project opened November 29th, 2000.
- Institut Brenda Strafford Les Cayes, Haiti. Official opening, March 24th, 1984, with the cooperation of Canadian International Development Agency. Administered by members of the Sisters of The Charity of St. Louis. Haiti is the poorest country in our hemisphere.*
- Brenda Strafford Health Clinic, Bagatelle, Dominica. Official opening, January 19th, 1985
- Eye-Care Programme commenced in Dominica, June 1st, 1985.*
- Brenda Strafford Health Clinic, Coulibistrie, Dominica, official opening, January 31st, 1986.
- January, 1986 - Four beds added to Dawbiney Ward of the Princess Margaret Hospital in Roseau, Dominica specifically for eye-care for women.
- Semi-Annual Eye-Care Programme commenced in Montserrat, November, 1987. (Later abandoned due to the early demise of our ophthalmologist Dr. Rollande Michaud).*
- Cervical Pap Smear Screening Project implemented in Dominica, February 29th, 1988.
- Brenda Strafford Health Clinic, Trafalgar, Dominica, official opening November 8th, 1989.
- In 1994 an Ear, Nose and Throat specialty was instituted at our Haiti Hospital under the direction of Dr. Jeff Van de Heyning and his colleagues from Belgium. This specialty further advanced by the cooperation of Drs. Jacques Harbour and Raymond Marie Guay from Quebec.
- On February 20th, 1997 The Governor General of Jamaica, His Excellency, the Most Honourable Sir Howard Cooke, launched 'The Village of Hope' - a joint venture between The Catholic Diocese of Montego Bay, Jamaica, and The Brenda Strafford Foundation. This project will provide a Medical Centre, a Hospice, a half-way house for teenage pregnant girls and women, and an educational and vocational
- Brenda Strafford Health Clinic, San Sauveur, Dominica, official opening November 27th, 2000.
* Denotes projects originated with the assistance of Operation Eyesight Universal.
The Foundation has sponsored several health education programmes for doctors and nurses in Haiti and Dominica.
On November 3rd, 1988 the Brenda Strafford Foundation was presented with the Sisseroo Award of Honour, the second highest award in Dominica for meritorious service to the State. Dame Eugenia Charles, the then Prime Minister of Dominica said '...the provision of the eye-care programme by the Brenda Strafford Foundation is the greatest contribution any organization has ever made to the people of Dominica!'
On November 16th, 2000 Sister Evelyne Tremblay, Administratrice of Institut Brenda Strafford in Les Cayes, Haiti was awarded the Order of Canada.