2015 Annual Fundraising Gala


Thank you for joining us at our annual fundraising gala on February 12, 2015; it was a huge success! We were floored by the level of support and energy in the room. We hope everyone enjoyed the opportunity to spend an evening with friends and colleagues and to hear Dr. Ryan Meili’s thought-provoking call for healthy communities to be at the core of all public policy decisions.

The gala was a wonderful success with more than 450 people in attendance. It is so very important to gather together and celebrate our vision for a society centered around the 4 Keys to Success for Children and Youth, and it was very inspiring to be in a room filled with the diversity, intelligence, compassion and commitment that make up the First Call Coalition and our allies. As a result of the evening, we are moving forward with renewed energy, knowing that our work is being recognized and supported!

The gala was also a financial success. Your generosity played a key role in helping us to raise significant new funds. These funds will help us in the coming year to continue our work to focus public and government attention on improving the health and well-being of all of BC’s children, youth and their families.

Thank you to our keynote speaker Dr. Ryan Meili

Gala First Call Staff with Ryan

We were incredibly grateful to Dr. Ryan Meili for joining us from Saskatchewan. Dr. Ryan Meili, the founding director of Upstream: Institute for A Healthy Society, shared his insights about looking “upstream” to ensure healthy outcomes for BC’s children and youth.

Ryan Meili is a family doctor in Saskatoon and an assistant professor at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. His 2012 book A Healthy Society: How a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy has sold over four thousand copies across Canada. Ryan also serves as vice-chair of the national advocacy organization Canadian Doctors for Medicare, and is a Broadbent Institute fellow and an Evidence Network expert.


Watch Dr. Meili’s engaging and informative keynote speech:

Check out our photo album from the event:

Thank you to our sponsors

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Thank you to our volunteers, donors and attendees!

A big thank you to our volunteers, especially our fabulous MC Kathryn Gretsinger, to all of the generous individuals who donated to our silent auction and raffle, and of course to everyone who joined us!


See you next year!