We’re pleased to announce the appointment of two new members to our Board of Directors. The volunteer board consists of community leaders as well as representatives from Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH).

Chief Ian Campbell’s appointment makes him the first Indigenous member of the Foundation’s Board of Directors. Dr. David Granville, Executive Director of Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI) has also been appointed as a representative of VCH.

“These appointments represent two of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation’s priorities in supporting innovation in our health care system. First contributing to the ground-breaking medical research being conducted at VCHRI. And secondly, through partnering with VCH to create more accessible and culturally-sensitive health care options for all British Columbians, especially those from historically marginalized communities,” says Angela Chapman, President & CEO, VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation.

Chief Campbell is a hereditary chief and elected councilor of the Squamish First Nation since 2005. He has a long history of negotiation and consultation with municipal, provincial and federal governments, including his work as the Squamish Nation’s lead negotiator and cultural ambassador in key projects including the 2010 Winter Olympics.

Elder Roberta Price, Leslie Bonshor, Dr. Patty Daly, artist Paul Windsor and Chief Ian Campbell

(L-R) Elder Roberta Price, Leslie Bonshor, Dr. Patty Daly, artist Paul Windsor and Chief Ian Campbell. Photo courtesy of VCH

“Through involvement with Aboriginal Health at VCH over the last several years, I have worked closely with medical leadership and staff to build awareness of First Nations culture and values,” says Campbell. “I am passionate about improving the well-being of our people by ensuring that healthcare spaces are welcoming and that healthcare delivery is safe and culturally aware. I am excited to join the Board of Directors of the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation and bring my lens of experience to the Foundation’s mission to transform healthcare and provide the most specialized care for all British Columbians.”

Dr. Granville is the Executive Director of VCHRI and Associate Dean, Research (VCHRI) at Faculty of Medicine, University of British Columbia (UBC). He is also a professor in UBC Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. His own research program focuses on aging in the context of tissue injury and repair, and the discovery of novel therapeutics for agerelated and chronic inflammatory conditions.

“It is a privilege and an honour to serve on the VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Board,” says Granville. “The rate at which medical discoveries, technologies and strategies are being translated into practice is unprecedented. The Foundation plays a vital role in ensuring that we remain at the forefront of such advancements, delivering the best advice, treatments and care options to patients and the broader community.”

The VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation Board of Directors, chaired by Gary Segal, consists of 22 volunteer members who support fundraising efforts and provide strategic guidance to ensure the Foundation achieves its mission of inspiring donors, transforming health care and saving lives.