Sir Edmund Hillary

The late Sir Edmund Hillary*  KG ONZ KBE requested
"Help me help the Sherpas"


* Photo of the late Sir Edmund Hillary by Pat and Rosemarie Keough


W.F. (Zeke) O'Connor

Robert Kolbuc

Karen O'Connor, President
Robin D. Walker, Secretary
Dr. Kami T. Sherpa,
(Senior Medical Officer)
Kevin Leung, Treasurer

Dr. Joan Ford
Peter W. Webster
C. Richard Sharpe
Dr. Robert Zimmerman

Phillip Crawley
Francisco Gomez
Piers Handling
Peter Hillary
Paul Hubner
Patti Hull
Kevin Leung
Nima McElhinney
Karen O’Connor
Franco Perugini
Dr. Kami T. Sherpa
Phurba S. Sherpa
Robin D. Walker

Barbara Anderson
Brian Baxter
Michael Benton
Lynn Hurley
Edward Lorriman

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The Kunde Hospital

For almost 40 years, The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation (SEHF) has funded and monitored the operation of the Kunde Hospital and appointed eight teams of doctors and each year has visited the Hospital.

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As I closed my eyes to try to think back to what 60 years ago might have looked like to Sir Edmund and his group struggling up Everest; attempting to be the first to conquer the elusive ...

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New Secondary School

The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation in conjunction with the Rotary Club of West Calgary and the Local NGO has helped build "The Zeke O'Connor High School" in the village of Phaplu.

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The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation's | 4th Annual Herb Paterson Charity Golf Tournament | Hold the Date | To Register Call 416-941-3475

A special tribute to the late Herb Paterson will take place
at the Golf Tournament.

Date: Monday June 15, 2015



St. Andrews Valley Golf Course
4 Pinnacle Trail
Aurora, Ontario
L4G 3K3

BBQ Lunch: 11:30 – 1:00pm

Shotgun Start: 1:30 pm


$200 per Golfer
$800 per Foursome

(Includes: golf, cart, range balls, BBQ lunch,
after golf Get-together and prizes)


$500 (Hole Sponsorship only)
$1,200 (Hole Sponsorship & Foursome)


Herb Paterson

1924 - 2015

The late Herb Paterson was active in The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation since 1982 and became a Director in 2005. Herb was a man of many accomplishments. Here are a few: Herb was the Titleist representative in Canada for 48 years, he was Past President of the Canadian Golf Equipment Manufacturers Association and was also an Honorary Life Member of the C.P.G.A. 

Herb served Canada as a Navigator with the rank of Pilot Officer in World War II. 

Everest Area and Kunde Hospital Anniversary Trek 2016 

supporting your cause

After a friendship of several years with Sir Edmund Hillary,accompanying him on trips within Canada and the U.S.A., Mr. W.F. (Zeke) O’Connor was honoured in being invited as the Canadianrepresentative on an expedition to the Mount Everest Base Campin 1973, to commemorate the 20th anniversary of the successfulascent of Mount Everest by Sir Edmund and Sherpa, Tenzing Norgay.Mr. O’Connor and now Karen O’Connor the current president haverevisited Nepal each year since his first visit in 1973 to the present.Karen O’Connor and a number of the Foundation Directors return toCanada each year with a deeper understanding of the many needsof the Sherpa people and a determination to further the effortsof seeking financial aid for the worthy projects underway in themountain regions of Nepal. Emphasis is on involvement of the localcommunity. As a result of this groundwork, the totally Canadian TheSir Edmund Hillary Foundation (SEHF) began in 1974‑75 and receivedits charter on October 1, 1976, and is registered as a charitableinstitution.Read more about the foundation


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The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation
President, Karen O'Connor / The Sir Edmund Hillary Foundation of Canada 2014

President's Report

This year, the Foundation’s office has been busy planning both the Toronto Gala as well as the Calgary Gala. Since the decision to realign the Calgary dinner, Zeke, Bob Kolbuc and Martine Quin worked overtime looking for volunteers in Calgary to help out. Francisco Gomez and Todd Millar originally offered to help, but only Francisco was able to commit the time. Todd Millar has decided that he can no longer meet the demands of the Foundation and has submitted his resignation from the Board.

After discussions with Zeke, Todd Simmer-a long-time supporter in Calgary and Margie Schuett – a friend of the Foundation, stepped in to help and have done a wonderful job. Todd’s enthusiasm, creative ideas and organization came in handy while Margie’s event expertise and amazing group of volunteers helped to established a new chapter in Calgary and we were able to have a wonderful event with a good return! The Toronto Gala was also a huge success. We actually sold out of all our available tables and had one of the best bottom lines in many years. Thank you for those of you that attended the dinners we hope you had a good time and learned about the projects we have been supporting for the past 40 years!

I would like to address the Widow’s of the fallen16 Sherpa’s Fund. Many of you know we started to collect donations from various people who had asked to contribute to help the families of The Everest Disaster which happened this past May. We had Dr. Kami Sherpa with us at our meeting and heard what he thought would be appropriate to help these Sherpa women. Our fund will begin to payout to these women in the New Year.

SEHF Golf Tournament which took place in June this year was once again a successful fundraiser. We are very grateful to Herb Paterson and his son David for hosting the event. It was well attended and a really fun day, with so many friends returning to enjoy the day of golf at St. Andrews in Aurora, which is such a lovely course. We hope to see you all out again in June 2015 and thank you for supporting the event!

I cannot finish my report without thanking the Board of Directors and our sponsors who this year have not only taken tables, but also found new people to attend the dinner and buy tables. With this type of participation from our Board, we are guaranteed successful Galas. As you all are aware it is a lot work to put these dinners on. Both the time and energy of so many individuals go into these important fundraisers and having this strong support from our Board Members and friends of the Foundation, lessens the burden and makes all the work worthwhile!

Thank you again!!

On behalf of the Foundation, I wish everyone a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

Karen O’Connor President

For a more complete story of the Foundation’s work, see our website at

Did You Know...

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That Bob Kolbuc, Associate Executive Director received the President's Award at our Toronto Gala Dinner. Click here to view the award.


A Book Review for "Journey With The Sherpas" by the Notre Dame Magazine. Click here to read the review.

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We have updated information for the Zeke O'Connor High School.