Thank you to our sponsors:

Community Partner
  • John & Debbie Hungerford
Spotlight Auction
Media Sponsors
  • R3 Consulting
  • AON
  • Ernst & Young
  • Scotiabank
  • CapriCMW Insurance Services
  • Westmount West Services
  • Pan City Enterprises Inc.
  • Diamond Foundation
Sparkle Raffle
Signature Cocktail
  • dys architecture
  • K-Bro Linen Systems
  • The Shearar Family
  • Macdonald's Prescriptions @ Fairmont Medical Building
  • Alabaster Homes
  • Clark Wilson
  • BC Maritime Employers Association
  • Solinsky Consulting Inc
  • Ledcor Group
  • Ocean Spray
  • PCL Constructors Westcoast Inc.

Thank you to our dedicated Vitality gala committee:

Devi Sangara, Honorary Chair

Rhogene Dadashzadeh, Co-Chair

Position: Associate Director, Business Banking Market Development – Western Canada

Organization: Scotiabank

Why I joined the committee: As an immigrant I feel so fortunate to call Canada and especially Vancouver home and I am deeply passionate about supporting and participating in organization that make this great community an even better, healthier, and more inclusive space for all. I strive to leave the world a better place than I found it.

Naz Panahi, Co-Chair

Position: Vice-President

Organization: Pan City Enterprises Inc.

Why I joined the committee: I am a 4-time gala co-chair and Board of Director of VGH & UBC Hospital Foundation. I’m very passionate about leaving a positive sustainable impact and, therefore, devoted a significant amount of my time volunteering in leadership roles with many great non-profit healthcare organizations. We need to close the care gap. What’s more important than our health?

Cheryl Araki

Owen Cameron

Position: President

Organization: Cameron Group

Why I joined the committee: The pandemic showcased how our health care professionals are there for us every day, ensuring that we have access to the care we need even when their resources are stretched to the limit. The Vitality Gala brings our community’s leaders and philanthropists together to show our support by helping fund the future of BC health care and equip our incredible health care workers with the resources they need to save and improve lives.

Leanne Cheng

Company:  BlueShift Advisory

Olivia Cheng

Position: Architect

Organization: WA Architects Ltd.

Cindy Gill

Robin Gill

Position: Vice President

Organization: Talk Shop Media

Why I joined the committee: As an anchor and reporter for Global News, I was often asked to MC galas and other fundraising events. But I prefer working behind the scenes. The committee allows me to quietly use my power for good.

Tara Grewal

Position: Managing Partner

Organization: Griffin Transportation Services Inc.

Why I joined the committee: As a local business owner it is very important to me to volunteer my time and give back to my community. My aunt and a couple dear friends spent a lot of time at VGH receiving lifesaving care and I want to pay it forward.

Teena Gupta

Position: CEO/co-owner Rosemary Rocksalt Bagelry

Organization: Co-owner/co-founder Nurse Next Door Homecare

Why I joined the committee: I am a mom to 4 boys, fierce friend, wife, sister, daughter, explorer, mentor, business owner and entrepreneur.  I am volunteering on the gala committee to make a positive impact on the healthcare system and people that’s constantly giving.  My mother has been a patient of VGH through several surgeries and would not have received the utmost care she did without the healthcare, support teams and the machinery needed to assist in the surgeries she required.  We are grateful and are paying it forward.

Pascale Hansen

Position: CEO & Financial Strategist

Organization: Zada

Why I joined the committee: Sadly, many of my family members and friends have been affected by cancer so I am passionate about supporting the cause and being part of an initiative that will be part of the solution to beating cancer.

Dr. Sevena Khunkhun, Past Chair

Position: Physician

Organization: ATF Canada

Jacci Sandler

Why I joined the committee: I have always taken a strong interest in giving back to the community I live in. I have successfully chaired and worked on committees for special events and fundraising initiatives and sit on the Board of the BC Epilepsy Society with a special interest in fundraising. I am very proud to be able to be a part of this fundraising gala as healthcare is vital to our community and I am privileged to be a part of making a difference to our community in this way.

Rob Shearar

Position: Partner

Organization: CapriCMW Insurance

Raj Sidhu

Position: VP

Organization: Colliers

Natasha Skidmore

Position: Partner

Organization: Skidmore

Matthew Swanson

Position: Partner, Lawyer

Organization: Borden Ladner Gervais LLP

Jesse Unke

Position: Vice President, Canada

Organization: COWI

Why I joined the committee: Engineering and Construction Executive with a passion for fitness and automobiles. I’m volunteering on the Vitality Gala Committee, as my mom is a cancer survivor, and my dad is open-heart surgery survivor. I am supporting this cause as I want to ensure that our world-class health care workers in BC are equipped with the tools and training they need to save and improve lives for other families as well.

Bernadette Wylie

Position: Executive Assistant to Regional Managing Partner

Organization: KPMG

Sherlock Yam

Position: Mortgage Broker, Partner

Organization: Win Lui Group DLC Clear Trust Mortgages

Why I joined the committee: I wanted to use my influence and network of contacts to help raise money for a charitable foundation that helps saves lives and I am very grateful to have been involved with the VGH and UBC Hospital Foundation.