Heinen Family Donates $100,000 to Support Town of Coaldale's New Recreation Centre


Donations to the Coaldale STRONG! Capital Campaign ensure that Coaldale’s new multi-use recreation centre will be fully stocked with equipment required to facilitate full programming upon opening in spring, 2024


COALDALE, ALBERTA – Thanks to a generous $100,000 donation from Roelof, Fern, and Mark Heinen, the Coaldale STRONG! Capital Campaign is getting closer to reaching its goal of generating $2 million in philanthropic support for Coaldale’s new multi-use recreation centre.

This year marks 10 years since the Heinen’s opened the local Home Hardware Building Centre and to celebrate, they have decided to give back to the very community that has helped them reach this mile-stone. “As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of Coaldale Home Building Centre, we would like to say thank you to the Town of Coaldale and residents in both the Town and the surrounding area of Lethbridge County for their support through these years and we look forward to many more years here,” said the Heinen’s in a joint statement. “As a family we have been very blessed in our varied business endeavours and we are happy to contribute to this project. Congratulations to the Town of Coaldale and much success with a new recreation centre that residents will be able to use and enjoy in the years to come.”

Once operational, Coaldale’s new recreation centre will stand as a centrepiece for recreation, sports, and special events in Southern Alberta. It will also serve as a hub for the local community. Programming will be designed to attract participation from all ages and will consist not only of activities directed towards enhancing people’s quality of life, but also, of activities directed towards growing Coaldale’s economic prosperity.

“First off, I’d like to congratulate the Heinen’s for 10 successful years in business”, said Coaldale Mayor Jack Van Rijn. “As part of a family business myself, I know full-well just how much hard work and dedication goes into running a successful operation, and I’m thrilled to help shine a light on the Heinen’s achievement. At the same time, I’d like to thank the Heinen’s for celebrating this achievement by giving back to the Town of Coaldale,” added Van Rijn. “Donations like the Heinen’s highlight the strong connection that Coaldale-based businesses have to the community, and help ensure that our new rec centre will be able to offer full programming as soon as it opens.”

The Heinen Family

From left to right: Councillor Lisa Reis; Fern, Roelof, & Mark Heinen; Mayor Jack Van Rijn; Kalen Hastings, Chief Administrative Officer; Councillor Bill Chapman; Russ Tanner, Director of Recreation & Community Services.