Champions of Philanthropy 2017
- For seven years, Jackie Askew managed Royal Columbian Hospital’s Emergency Department – among the busiest in the province and the entry point for some of the most seriously ill and injured patients in BC. Despite the busy and intense nature of emergency medicine, Jackie has consistently been welcoming to the Foundation and its donors. She has led numerous donor tours and has effectively helped identify the department’s needs. Jackie is clearly highly regarded by the team in the emergency department and will have valuable insight to pass along in her new role with the hospital’s redevelopment team.
- For decades, Dr. Arun Garg has demonstrated a real passion for community engagement, with involvement in a number of health care, educational, business and charitable initiatives. Among his endeavours, Dr. Garg has led initiatives to promote South Asian health and address the prevalence of heart disease, kidney disease, stroke, and diabetes. Dr. Garg, a lab physician, is an exceptional ambassador for Royal Columbian and has an outstanding ability to articulate the work of the Foundation to others.
- Dr. Cedric Ho embodies the spirit of giving within the Royal Columbian Hospital family. A leader within the hospital’s highly-engaged Anesthesiology and Perioperative department, Dr. Ho spearheaded the creation of a research fund at the Foundation to push innovation within the department. Dr. Ho supports the Foundation generously and has welcomed numerous other donors to the hospital to increase awareness of Royal Columbian and its needs.
- As the busiest in the province, Royal Columbian Hospital’s cardiac care services have earned the support of millions of dollars in donations. For the Foundation, Dr. Gerald Simkus has been front and centre with a vision for his department and an aura of confidence that is reassuring to donors who are looking to make a difference with their contributions. Dr. Simkus has been instrumental in introducing the Foundation to new donors and stewarding current ones.