About Us


Our Partners and Supporters

We are a grassroots organization that depends on and is grateful for the dedicated involvement of a wide variety of volunteers and financial supporters. All operations of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch are made possible by the generous support of many individuals and organizations. Some provide volunteer help, some financial, and our Partners in Health share our vision of kidney health and improved lives for all people affected by kidney disease. Read more

About The BC & Yukon Branch 

In 1971 a small group of citizens concerned about kidney disease formed The BC Kidney Association. Sergeant Ken Smith of the Vancouver City Police was its Founding President. Later that year, the Association joined The Kidney Foundation of Canada and became the BC Branch.In 1974, the Branch opened its first office and hired an Executive Director, Ann Munroe. During our first 40 years, 19 volunteer Branch Presidents have offered their individual leadership talents, which have enabled the Branch to grow into the vital, energetic and life-changing organization it is today.Read more

For more information about the work of the BC Branch, please view our Annual Reports:




Please view our Publications Page to view archived Annual Reports


Become a Member of The Kidney Foundation, BC Branch
Members support the Mission and the work of the Foundation, and they are part of a team that is actively working towards the goals of the Foundation. To help improve the lives of the over 240,000 British Columbians living with or at risk for kidney disease, download our Membership Application form and join us.

BC & Yukon Branch Board of Directors and Executive for 2015-2016 

At The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC& Yukon Branch Annual General Meeting and the Branch Board of Directors Meeting held on Saturday May 2nd 2015, the new BC& Yukon Branch Board of Directors and Executive for 2015-2016 was elected.   The new Board of Directors is comprised of 19 Directors: 9 Regional Directors who will represent the membership in the five geographic regions of the Province - two Regional Directors from each region.  Regions are consistent with the health authorities: Fraser, Interior, Norther, Vancouver Coastal, and Vancouver Island.   In addition, there are 10 Directors at Large, including the Past President (who is appointed.)

Executive Committee 
Anne Schutz, President
Teresa Atkinson, Vice-President 
Dennis McCann, Vice-President 
Paul Duperron, Secretary  
Rick Leong, Treasurer  
Ron Walker, Past President

Directors at Large

Joan Iamele
Dr. Robin Lowry
Dennis McCann   
Ken Wiecke

Regional Directors

Christine Kapeluck and Mohan Tatra (Fraser) 
Edna Humphreys (Interior)  
Diane Duperron and Bonnie Leclerc (Northern)
Katrina McAndrew and Cathy Wong (Vancouver Coastal) 
Maureen Hobbs and Tracey Bodger (Vancouver Island)  

Staff of the BC Branch

Karen Philp, Executive Director  
Pia Schindler, Senior Director of Development   
Heather Johnson, Director of Programs    
Deborah Tucker, Director of Communications and Marketing
Laurie Mark, Patient Services Coordinator
Salim Jiwani, Accounting Clerk
Claudine Fernandes, Administrative Assistant  
Marie Hesse, Senior Manager, Fund Development Strategic Planning & Community Initiatives
Naomi Low, Senior Development Officer
Barbara Valentine, Coordinator, Volunteer, Chapter & Member Engagement   
Tracy Riddell, Manager, Database and Office Administration 
Emily Wills, Coordinator, Community Outreach 





BC and Yukon Branch - 200-4940 Canada Way, Burnaby BC V5G 4K6 - Tel.: (604) 736-9775 / 1-800-567-8112
Charitable Registration Number: 107567398RR0001