2017 Annual Fundraising Gala


As you may have heard, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond easily brought out more guests than First Call has ever had at one of our annual fundraising galas, making this one our most successful yet.

Warm thanks goes out to all the volunteers and generous donors for their part in making it such a wonderful night!

Thanks of course also goes to Mary Ellen for her decade of fierce and unwavering work for the rights and interests of BC’s children and youth, the great speakers who each paid her a special tribute, and to Kathryn Gretsinger and Shane Pointe for making it an entertaining and welcoming evening.

Please take a moment to check out the photos and video of this year’s gala, which was even featured in Fred Lee’s column the following week.

First Call’s annual gala goes to the core of our work, and the support we receive plays a large part in keeping the coalition running from year-to-year. Thank you to all involved and we’ll hopefully see you again in 2018!

Big thanks also to our sponsors this year:

Presenting Sponsor: Vancity




Living Wage Sponsor: United Way of the Lower Mainland





Child and Youth Advocates: Hospital Employees’ Union, UFCW Local 1518, and Coast Capital Savings