First Call Fundraising Gala with keynote speaker Dr. Melissa Lem
We thank everyone who joined us on February 27, 2020 to make new connections, celebrate, enjoy delicious food, and hear inspiring words from Dr. Melissa Lem.
Dr. Lem is a board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment, strategic advisor to the BC Parks Foundation, experienced journalist, Vancouver-based family physician, and much more. She was also the inaugural winner of University College’s Young Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto in 2015. Our annual fundraising galas are an occasion to celebrate our child and youth advocacy as well as to raise much-needed funds to ensure we can continue to put BC’s children and youth first.
Thank you for joining us for an evening to hear from a leading expert on the health impacts of fracking on BC children and youth and how young people are moving the dial on the climate crisis.
Photos and Videos:
Click here to access photos posted on our Facebook, taken by Sarah Race Photography.
Click here to access the videos, filmed and edited by Sohee Hong.
About Dr. Melissa Lem – Our Keynote Speaker
Dr. Melissa Lem is a Vancouver family physician who also works in rural and remote communities across Canada. As a board member of the Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment and strategic advisor to the BC Parks Foundation, she has been involved in advocacy work on a broad range of issues including climate change, forest fires, fracking and LNG, and the nature-health connection. Her writings on the environment and human well-being have been published by national media including the Vancouver Sun, Toronto Star, Montreal Gazette, National Observer and Alternatives Journal. A senior writer for the CBC, she was the resident medical expert on CBC TV’s hit lifestyle show Steven and Chris for four seasons and continues to educate diverse audiences on air. She was the inaugural winner of University College’s Young Alumni of Influence Award at the University of Toronto, and holds a clinical faculty appointment at the University of British Columbia.
Presenting Sponsor: Vancity
4 Keys to Success Sponsor:
National Bank Financial – Rumberg Group
Child and Youth Advocate:
Coast Capital Savings
Hospital Employees’ Union