Malcolm Radke will be amicably stepping down as the CEO of the Lloydminster Region Health Foundation to pursue an opportunity in Lloydminster’s tech sector.

Radke has served in local health for the last four and a half years, and resigned on Monday in order to pursue this next chapter.

During his tenure, Radke was involved with fundraising efforts to bring in new vital medical equipment like dialysis or medical imaging for the hospital, oversaw the building of the STARS helipad there and spearheaded large scale projects like the mental health resource Project Sunrise.

When asked about these accomplishments, Radke expresses that it was a community effort that made these projects reality.

“Everyone is effected by the health system, health care, in a different way. Every single donor has a different reason to give. There’s just so much amazing generosity in this community that no one really knows about, [because] people don’t even really care for a picture, or a cheque presentation.”

He also points to people rallying behind the Radiothon, Gift to Health Gala, Battle of the Border hockey games and the Goat’s Christmas Wish as highlights he’ll remember from his time.

On the note of memories, Radke says working hand-in-hand with health care workers gave him a lot of perspective on what they do every day in our community and their impact, especially in recent years through the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The job has just exposed me to so much. Being this close to front-line health care workers, you hear a little bit more about the types of challenges they face every day when they show up to the job. It’s just humbling. It opened my eyes and really changed me.”

He adds that he is grateful for the trust the Foundation, healthcare workers and the public have put in him over the last four and half years.

The next phase of Radke’s career will see him join the sales side of Iron Will Innovations Canada, who is working in Lloydminster on innovations in virtual reality. He’ll be involved with products like the Peregrine Glove, which allows a user to engage in virtual reality using only their bodies instead of external hardware.

Malcolm Radke’s last day as CEO will be February 28th, as he will spend the next month and a half helping the LRHF with the transition.