Parkinson Society of British Columbia

Established in 1969, Parkinson Society British Columbia, governed by a voluntary Board of Directors, is supported entirely by donations from individuals, members, corporations, foundations and the dedicated efforts of volunteers.

Every person touched by Parkinson’s deserves to know that they are not alone in their journey. We are here for you. Our friendly and knowledgeable staff is committed to offering support, sharing reliable information and raising funds for programs and research.

We are part of a strong community united in our dedication to improve the lives of those affected by Parkinson’s.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada

Since being founded by parents in 1960, Cystic Fibrosis Canada has dramatically changed the cystic fibrosis (CF) story.

Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a national not-for-profit corporation and one of the world’s top three charitable organizations committed to improving and lengthening the lives of people living with cystic fibrosis.

In their 60 year history, they have invested more than $260M in cystic fibrosis research and care that has more than doubled life expectancy for Canadians living with cystic fibrosis. Cystic Fibrosis Canada has contributed to the global body of CF knowledge, funding research achievements such as mapping the gene that causes cystic fibrosis, in 1989. And they have advanced access to life-changing CF medicines in Canada through relentless advocacy and government relations work.

Today, Cystic Fibrosis Canada is a leading organization with a central role engaging people living with cystic fibrosis, parents and caregivers, volunteers, researchers and healthcare professionals, government and donors. They work together to change lives through treatments, research, information and support.

Victoria Hospitals Foundation

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation (VHF) raises funds for priority medical equipment, research, education and special projects at Royal Jubilee, Victoria General and Gorge Road hospitals.

The generosity of its donors helps the Foundation to contribute to better patient care, faster diagnosis and more efficient treatment for the more than 850,000 residents these hospitals serve. Every year, the Victoria Hospitals Foundation purchases hundreds of important pieces of diagnostic and treatment equipment that make a real difference in every patient’s daily life and quality of care.

The Victoria Hospitals Foundation is the leading health-care charity on Vancouver Island. Together with the community, it has raised more than $150 million for hospitals since 1989. For more information about how giving makes everyone better, visit  

Centre for Heart Lung Innovation

The Centre for Heart Lung Innovation (HLI) was established as the Pulmonary Research Laboratory in 1977 by Drs. James Hogg and Peter Pare. Since then, it has grown dramatically in scope, size and worldwide impact.

Basic and clinician scientists work together in an exciting multidisciplinary environment to address vital issues in heart, lung and critical care disease. Situated within Providence Health Care’s St. Paul’s Hospital, a University of British Columbia teaching hospital, the HLI is a translational research centre using basic molecular and cellular research discoveries to develop innovative approaches to prevent and treat human disease through complementary and connected clinical research.

The HLI focuses on developing solutions to diseases that are major causes of morbidity, mortality, and societal costs in Canada and worldwide. These include atherosclerosis and heart failure, emphysema and other chronic pulmonary diseases, severe infections, and multiple organ failure. The centre seeks out the underlying causes in order to develop strategies for prevention and treatment. Basic discoveries are linked to improved health care through clinical research and teaching, and by translating new knowledge into clinical practice at St. Paul’s Hospital and around the world. 

HLI is one of several renowned research centres based at Providence Research.

Canadians for Leading Edge Alzheimer Research

We’re CLEAR, or Canadians for Leading Edge Alzheimer Research, because that’s exactly what we are. We’re on a mission to eradicate all forms of dementia, including Alzheimer disease.

A tidal wave of dementia diagnoses is on the horizon, and the best way to spare future generations the devastation of this disease is to get rid of it once and for all. And the only way to do that is through research. CLEAR is the only Canadian foundation that directs 100% of funds raised to promising scientific research into the cause, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer Disease and other dementias.

The research we fund with Michael Smith Health Research BC could lead to the breakthrough the world has been waiting for, here in Canada or somewhere else in the world. In the global fight against this unforgiving disease, we’re all in this together.

Note: CLEAR was formerly known as the Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF).

KGH Foundation

Since 1978, the Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) Foundation has worked with a generous community to raise funds to support world-class health care, research and innovation close to home for a rapidly expanding and diverse population in the Interior of BC. Today, the KGH Foundation is the lead fundraising organization for Kelowna General Hospital, JoeAnna’s House, Hospice House, Brookhaven and Cottonwoods. For more information, visit

The Interior Health Authority (IH) was created in 2001 to deliver health-care services to the population of the southern interior of British Columbia, now numbering over 725,000. The geographic area for which IH has responsibility covers almost 215-thousand square kilometres and includes several larger cities such as Kelowna, Kamloops, Cranbrook and Vernon and, most notably, a host of rural and remote communities. IH employs 18,500 people, including 6,500 professional clinicians and 1,500 physicians.

For more information, please refer to this website. IH has had roles in education, training and research since its inception in 2001. IH has over 240 active studies currently including a broad range of topics. For specific information about research in IH, click here.

BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation

The BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation raises funds for schizophrenia research and the programs and services offered by BC Schizophrenia Society. The Society’s mission is to support families affected by schizophrenia and other serious mental illnesses in British Columbia through education, advocacy and research. The Foundation is committed to ensuring that research into schizophrenia and related disorders continues in British Columbia.

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute

Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI), a world leader in translational health research, is the research body of Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.

VCHRI includes three of BC’s largest academic and teaching health sciences centres — Vancouver General Hospital, UBC Hospital and GF Strong Rehabilitation Centre — as well as many other hospitals and public health agencies across Vancouver Coastal Health. VCHRI is academically affiliated with UBC Faculty of Medicine and is one of Canada’s top-funded research centres receiving between $80 million and $100 million in research funding annually. Over 1,500 personnel are engaged in a variety of research centres, programs and evolving research areas.

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation

VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation is Vancouver Coastal Health’s primary philanthropic partner, raising funds for specialized adult health services and research for all British Columbians.

The Foundation partners with donors to drive innovation and sustainable health care at VGH & UBC Hospital, GF Strong Rehab Centre, Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute and Vancouver Community Health Services.