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.

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 three renowned research centres based at Providence Health Care Research Institute.

Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation

The Pacific Alzheimer Research Foundation (PARF) is a non-profit organization devoted to supporting research into the causes, prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Alzheimer’s disease is devastating to its victims and their families, and has a profoundly negative impact on Canadian society. The economic burden of Alzheimer’s disease is in the billions of dollars, with incalculable costs to quality of life for patients and their families. There are tens of thousands new cases of Alzheimer’s disease diagnosed in Canada each year and the number is continuing to grow.

PARF’s mission is to eradicate Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias by assisting scientists whose aim is to achieve this objective.

Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation

The Lotte & John Hecht Memorial Foundation has two major objectives: investigation and support of complementary and alternative medicine, particularly in the treatment of cancer, and economic education that promotes the principles of a free market.

The Foundation also supplies support to organizations that help people who fall through the social safety net of government programs for the needy. Most of these groups operate around the area of Main and Hastings in Vancouver to provide care for a vulnerable population. Some support is also given to existing charitable organizations that come to the Board’s attention.

BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation

The BC Schizophrenia Society Foundation raises funds for schizophrenia research and the programs and services offered by BC Schizophrenia Society.

BCSSF’s mission is to improve the quality of life for those affected by schizophrenia and psychosis through education, support, public policy and research. The Society and its Foundation both vigorously promote schizophrenia research, and encourage funders in their support for young scientists who want to study schizophrenia here in British Columbia.This is an important and much-needed contribution to the field.Together, BCSSF and donors have raised more than $2.2 million dollars for research projects to date — the value of which is doubled through matching grants from other sources to individual researchers.

Most recently, BCSSF has partnered with the Diana Hsu Memorial Endowment Fund (DHMEF) to co-fund a 2016 MSFHR Trainee award. Diana Hsu suffered from schizophrenia and became aware of the lack of effective treatment for schizophrenia and the lack of research funds available for the illness. She learned that because of the associated stigma, schizophrenia research was drastically under funded compared to other major illnesses. It was her belief that better understanding, increased awareness, and more effective treatment could only come through scientific research. Upon Diana’s death, an endowment was established to fund research related to schizophrenia, and her family remains active in supporting and engaging with the schizophrenia research community.   

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.


AGE-WELL NCE (Aging Gracefully across Environments using Technology to Support Wellness, Engagement and Long Life NCE Inc.) is Canada’s technology and aging network.

AGE-WELL is dedicated to the creation of technologies and services that benefit older adults and caregivers. It aims to help older Canadians maintain their independence, health and quality of life through technologies and services that increase their safety and security, support their independent living and enhance their social participation.

Launched in 2015 through the federally-funded Networks of Centres of Excellence (NCE) program, AGE-WELL addresses a wide range of complex issues in technology and aging through receptor-driven transdisciplinary research, training programs, partnerships, knowledge mobilization and the commercial development of technologies.

AGE-WELL is funded through the NCE program from March 2015 to February 2020.