About Us

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"We provide a service which helps to prevent people from being and feeling isolated while enhancing their ability to access, participate and live in their community longer. We foster a sense of independence, self-worth, and overall, a better quality of life."

Our Story

The M.E.L. Society came about when Alberta Health Services put in place a policy that had all the medical equipment that had previously been lent out to clients through the Home Care Program no longer an active program. The Directive to Facilities was to gather all their equipment and send it to a lending program that operated as a not for profit in Red Deer Alberta and also to the Red Cross Organization in the rest of the province. If this had happened, all people from within the West Central Alberta would have had to travel to Red Deer to obtain needed equipment. This would have created a significant hardship for many people and, as a result, it became the goal of some dedicated individuals to keep the equipment within Rocky Mountain House and West Central Alberta. On October 6th, 2016 The Medical Equipment Lending Society of West Central Alberta (known as The M.E.L. Society) officially opened its doors to the public. It is a Society that is dependent on volunteers, grant monies, corporate sponsorship and private donations to maintain its operations and keep its doors open. The M.E.L. Society currently operates out of a bay located in the town of Rocky Mountain House.

2020 Research Project: Equipment lending service and health system analysis to advance the understanding of equipment lending initiatives, their contribution to, and role in the greater health system to promote better public health outcomes.


Please Note: All research material is the property of The M.E.L. Society and use of said material and/or information for purposes other than education requires explicit written permission by senior management and/or a signed Information Sharing Agreement as per policy (note: the use of the Project material and/or information for financial or political gain is not included under 'educational purpose'). Additionally, you may request to see the literature review, environmental scan, and other documents related to the Project by sending an email request to edmelsociety@gmail.com. Requests for use of Project material and information for purposes other than education (ie. grant writing or business proposal development) may also be sent using the above email. 

Our 2020 Statistics

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We are so thankful for how far we've come, and so excited for where we're going.


Download our strategic 5-year plan to understand our vision, and we would love to hear your feedback! UNDER REVIEW

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We are so excited to continue our growth, but we definitely can't do it alone!

2020 Supporters & Long-Term Contributors


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Rocky Physio, Acupuncture and Fitness Centre


Royal Dutch Shell PLC


Dovercourt Community Hall Club

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Rocky Mountain House Lions Club

The Rocky 100 Footers Club

Victor Ringuette

Who is Victor Ringuette?

Aside from being the principle owner of B&R Eckel's Transport Ltd., Victor is The M.E.L. Society's Landlord.

Since 2017, every time we ran into some funding issues, Victor has been very supportive through donations which have allowed us to continue operations. Also, through his generosity, it has given us the time needed to secure more long-term funding in order to keep our doors open & continue to support our community.

Thank-you, Victor, for helping us help others. Your compassion & dedication to our cause knows no limits and we appreciate every little bit.

Clearwater County

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Whether you want to volunteer, donate, become a sponsor, or just learn more,

we would love to hear from you!