Annual Fundraising Galas

Annual Fundraising Gala



2021 Virtual Fundraising Gala and Awards Presentation

Please join us to honour the 2021 recipients of our Annual Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award: Carole James and Katherine McParland.

  • When: Thursday, February 25 from 12:00pm – 1:30pm
  • Where: via zoom
  • Tickets: $25.00 (+ $2.23 service fee) 

Click here to purchase tickets at Eventbrite.

About our 2021 Event:

First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition has, for many years, hosted an annual gala dinner event early in the year. In addition to providing a wonderful opportunity for our community to gather and celebrate, the gala dinner has been our primary annual fundraising activity.
This year, in-person events are not possible so we invite you to join us at this virtual event to honour the 2021 recipients of our Annual Champion of Child and Youth Rights Award.

Hosted by Kathryn Gretsinger, we’ll hear from Carole James and from Katherine McParland’s friend and colleague Kira Cheeseborough.

About the award recipients:

Carole James
Carole served on the Greater Victoria School Board from 1990 to 2001, including seven terms as chair. She also served five terms as president of the BC School Trustees Association and was vice-president of the Canadian School Boards Association. Carole served as the director of child and family services for Carrier Sekani Family Services, and later as co-ordinator of the Northern Aboriginal Authority for Families. During her tenure as BC’s Minister of Finance, Carole introduced the BC Child Opportunity Benefit that greatly improved government support for low income families with children.

Katherine McParland (Posthumously Awarded)
Katherine co-founded and served as executive director of A Way Home Kamloops Society and co-founded the BC Coalition to End Youth Homelessness. Katherine completed a human services diploma from Thompson Rivers University and a Master of Social Work Leadership from the University of Calgary. In 2019, Katherine was appointed to the Board of BC Housing. As a youth who had herself aged out of care and into homelessness, Katherine spent several years living on the streets of Kamloops. She dedicated herself to supporting youth from care and preventing youth homelessness as an advocate, organizer, mentor, and friend. Katherine was a shining light to all who knew her.
Fundraising for policy change is challenging at the best of times but advocacy on behalf of children youth and their families has never been more important.

We hope to see you there.


Click on the links below to see highlights from our previous galas!







2020 Fundraising Gala with Dr. Melissa Lem








2019 Fundraising Gala with Michael Redhead Champagne








2018 Fundraising Gala with Grand Chief Ed John







2017 Fundraising Gala with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond

First Call Gala with Trevor Linden - Slider







2016 Fundraising Gala with Trevor Linden

Gala First Call Staff with Ryan







2015 Gala with Dr. Ryan Meili

Gala Grand Chief Stewart Phillip







2014 Gala with Grand Chief Stewart Phillip

Gala Cindy Blackstock







20th Anniversary Gala with Cindy Blackstock