Daughter of former alderman raising funds for Heart and Stroke Foundation
By: Sara Wilson
| Posted: Thursday, Feb 13, 2014 11:28 am
After suffering a stroke in November 2013, longtime City Alderman Murray Buchanan is recovering in hospital.
To help raise awareness and to educate people of the critical signs of a stroke, his daughter, Fiona Buchanan, a Carlton University masters student, is raising money in her father’s name for the Heart and Stroke Foundation.
“I decided to raise money for the Heart and Stroke Foundation after my dad came close to losing his life twice last year,” Fiona said. “I feel very fortunate that he is now on the road to recovery, but it has not been easy.”
Fiona, currently studying in Ontario, will be returning to Airdrie to visit her family during her reading break, and is hoping to hit the pavement to raise $500 toward her cause.
“I’m hoping to surpass that amount when I get to Airdrie, and I put more attention into the fundraising cause and not just have an online presence,” she said.
The journalism student called her mother to ask if it was OK to start the campaign before officially going ahead.
“Murray is an inspiration to me and it’s great to see Fiona taking up this cause,” Airdrie Mayor Peter Brown said. “I’m pledging $100 and I challenge everyone else to do the same.”
Buchanan announced he wouldn’t be seeking re-election in the October 2013 municipal election, to “focus on his work.” Buchanan served on council from 1986 to 2004, stepped down before running for re-election in 2010.
February is Heart Month for the Heart and Stroke Foundation. The organization aims to raise money and awareness of the warning signs of a stroke and to promote healthy living.
“He’s doing really well, he hasn’t had the typical things that can happen with a stroke, like paralysis,” Fiona said.
“I think it’s because my mom recognized the signs and brought him into the hospital in time.”
That awareness is what Fiona is hoping to spread, as well as contributing a financial contribution to the Heart Month Campaign.
To make a donation to Fiona’s campaign, visit