Barbara Grantham, President & CEO of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, is the 2019 recipient of the AFP Lifetime Achievement Award.

Barbara has worked for nearly 30 years in the non-profit sector including the Canadian Mental Health Association, BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Vancouver Foundation, and the Streetohome Foundation. Over the last seven years, Barbara has led VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation in an organizational re-brand, building a talented and engaged staff team, and realizing an 84 per cent increase in revenue.

Barbara oversaw the completion of the campaign for the Joseph & Rosalie Segal & Family Health Centre to care for people with mental health challenges, and the launch of the Future of Surgery campaign to transform surgical facilities at VGH and UBC Hospital.

“I feel proud and honoured to call my life’s work about finding those magic moments of giving people every day the chance to show up as their very best selves,” says Barbara.

Barbara joins an outstanding group of individuals and families across Canada who have been honoured with this award, including Shannon von Kaldenberg, Cathy Daminato, and Faye Wightman, all of whom have had an enormous impact on philanthropy in BC and Canada.

“When I look back on my seven years at VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, I’m taking away amazing memories and a wonderful sense of accomplishment,” says Barbara.

The AFP Giving Hearts Awards is an annual program created to acknowledge the true expression of philanthropy. These awards honour individuals, families, corporations and small businesses who have shown exceptional commitment to civic and charitable responsibility.


From all of us at VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation, congratulations Barbara. Your commitment to philanthropy and your passion for helping others has been vital in inspiring donors, transforming health care and saving lives.