Gala


First Call Fundraising Gala with keynote speaker Dr. Melissa Lem

We warmly invite you join 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.

We hope you will join 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.


Register here:

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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.

 


Event Details

What to Expect: Our annual First Call gala features a delicious Indian buffet dinner, a silent auction full of amazing gifts, getaways and more, a raffle with exciting prizes, time to mingle with old and new friends and the chance to hear and learn from an accomplished leader. Click here to see overviews of previous galas.

Date/Time: Thursday, February 27, 2020, 5:30 to 9 pm (doors open at 5:30pm; program begins at 7:15 pm).

Location: Fraserview Hall, 8240 Fraser Street (at Marine Drive), Vancouver.

Tickets: $80 for individuals ($50 for those on fixed income) or a table of 8 for $615.

Childminding *NEW OPPORTUNITY*: This year we are excited to offer free childminding for children aged 18 months to 10 years old! The wonderful folks from the Pacific Immigrant Resources Society are bringing their Mobile Child Care Project to the Gala, and children can look forward to fun, engaging games and activities while you relax and participate in the Gala.

Please note that if you prefer, you are welcome to bring children to the Gala without having them participate in childminding. This is an optional opportunity for everyone, including adults who may experience barriers to attending the Gala without childminding.

There is limited space, so please register as soon as possible so we can reserve your spot. When you register through Eventbrite, you will be asked for the number of kids you will be bringing and their ages. Please fill this section out even if you are bringing children who will not participate in childminding. We will contact you to confirm whether you would like to participate in childminding.

Menu: A delicious (mild) Indian buffet with pop and chai is included with your ticket. There will also be a cash/credit card bar with wine and beer. Gluten-free and vegan/dairy-free dinner buffet options are available, however we cannot guarantee there will be no cross-contamination.

Accessibility: The Fraserview banquet hall is fully wheelchair accessible. Please let us know when purchasing your ticket if you will require an accessible seat by answering the questionnaire at checkout. If you have any questions or require further specifications on accessibility, please contact First Call at 604-709-6962.

Parking: There is free – but limited – parking in the lot beside Fraserview Hall as well as street parking. We encourage travelling by transit if possible.

Transit: Fraserview Hall is a quick bus ride from the Marine Drive Skytrain station (at Cambie) on the Canada Line.

Tax receipts: We can issue tax receipts for donations made at the event (please address cheques to Vancity Community Foundation – First Call). Unfortunately, due to the administrative cost we cannot issue tax receipts for a portion of event tickets.

Sponsorship: If you or your organization is interested in joining with our visionary sponsors to support this event, please contact Emily at 604-709-6962 or emily@firstcallbc.org to see our sponsorship benefits package.

Social Media: Tweet us your gala photos and thoughts to @FirstCallBC!

For more information or to volunteer at the event please call 604-709-6962 or email emily@firstcallbc.org.


 

Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor: Vancity


4 Keys to Success Sponsor:

National Bank Financial – Rumberg Group

 

 

 

Your organization? If you or your organization is interested in joining with our sponsors to support this event, please contact Emily at 604-709-6962 or emily@firstcallbc.org and click here to access our Sponsorship Package.


Child and Youth Advocate:

 

Coast Capital Savings

 

 

 

Hospital Employees’ Union

 

 

 

 

 

Your organization? If you or your organization is interested in joining with our sponsors to support this event, please contact Emily at 604-709-6962 or emily@firstcallbc.org and click here to access our Sponsorship Package.