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We are thrilled to announce that WE HAVE WON $10,000 in funding for our WARM THE “SOLE” campaign through the Aviva Community Fund!


Thank you to everyone who voted and shared our idea, we couldn’t have done it without your support. 

Together, we are warming the “soles” of ALL 3,300 dialysis patients in BC, PLUS 3,300 homeless in BC. 

We know that the reach of this campaign will be far greater than the 3,300 dialysis patients, as the
kidney community as a whole can be involved in one way or another.

In early 2019 we will be getting in touch with each chapter to arrange delivery of socks to your local
dialysis clinics.

Due to popular demand, we have made these socks available to purchase.  Together we will continue to warm the "sole" of kidney patients as the net proceeds from sock sales will help support our programs and services. To purchase your socks, click HERE.

WHL Suits up with Don Cherry to promote Organ Donation

WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote
Organ Donation for Second Season

Save the dates!

  • Saturday, January 19 – Edmonton Oil Kings
  • Friday, January 25 – Red Deer Rebels
  • Friday, February 1 – Kamloops Blazers, Moose Jaw Warriors
  • Saturday, February 2 – Prince Albert Raiders
  • Friday, February 15 – Regina Pats, Vancouver Giants
  • Saturday, February 16 – Brandon Wheat Kings
  • Friday, February 22 – Lethbridge Hurricanes, Swift Current Broncos
  • Friday, March 1 – Kootenay ICE
  • Saturday, March 2 – Victoria Royals
  • Sunday, March 3 – Calgary Hitmen
  • Friday, March 8 – Prince George Cougars
  • Saturday, March 9 – Kelowna Rockets, Medicine Hat Tigers, Saskatoon Blades

For more informaiton, please visit this link.

Help us "warm the soles" of thousands of kidney patients on dialysis.

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch is excited to tell
you about a campaign called "Warm the Sole" through a proposal we
have submitted through
 Aviva Community Fund.     

Our idea was inspired by our very own, Annick Lim (volunteer, fundraiser and kidney
transplant recipient), who reached out and gave socks to dialysis patients in
Penticton, BC.  See news article by clicking

This proved to be a positive experience for the patients and we wanted to take
her model and expand on it and provide socks to ALL 3,300 dialysis patients in BC
– allowing us to foster greater relationships with not only our kidney community
of patients, as well as the healthcare community of patients that supports them.

Former BC Lions receiver and Canadian Football Hall of Fame inductee, Geroy Simon,
introduced us to an organization called Your City Sports that donates one pair of
socks to the homeless for every pair purchased.  This seemed like a great
partnership as not only will 3,300 dialysis patients receive socks, but 3,300
homeless people will receive socks too!  We want to get everyone involved
with voting and sharing the message so that we are able to meet this goal
and in turn, recognizing that Canadians living with kidney failure face
significant financial challenges as a result of dialysis treatment.  

We recognize the impact that the socks will have on both the kidney community
and homeless communities, as we will be providing thousands of people with
a basic necessity that most Canadians take for granted.

Now here's where we need your help!  The Aviva Community Fund is awarding
50 prizes of $10,000 to the 50 non-profits whose "small ideas" receive the
most votes.  There are 289 submission and only 50 will win $10,000.   

What do you need to do?

  1. Click this LINK to register and place your votes - it only takes about 3 minutes! 
    Each person can submit 10 votes (all at once).
  2. Share the link by email or social media

Voting ends Thursday October 4th at 2pm PST – so we have a good
8 days to make this happen!

With your votes, we'll warm hearts and soles together!!!

Western Hockey League: For Immediate Release/ Monday, May 21, 2018


Regina, Sask. –  The Western Hockey League, in partnership with RE/MAX, is proud to announce that 
over  $265,500 has been  raised through the “RE/MAX Presents: WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to 
Promote  Organ  Donation”  campaign,  hosted  during  the  months  of  October  and  March  during 
the 2017-
18 WHL Regular Season.   

WHL  fans  embraced  the  new  program  through  the  purchase  of  special  Don  Cherry  suit-themed jerseysand  by  registering  to  be  organ  donors  at  The $265,500 raised is the KidneyFoundation of Canada’s  largest  public  awareness  and  fundraising  campaign  for  organ  donation.  

Don Cherry, WHL  Commissioner  Ron  Robison  and  Jeremy  Cossette  of  RE/MAX  of  Western  Canada 
presented a cheque for  $265,500 to Kurtis Krug of the Kidney Foundation of Canada prior to  Monday’s 

contest between the WHL’s Swift Current Broncos and OHL’s Hamilton Bulldogs at the 100 
Memorial Cup in Regina.   

“The WHL and our Western Canada-based Clubs are proud to partner with RE/MAX of Western Canada 
and  their  agents  to  help  promote  the  importance  of  organ  donation  and  support  for  local  Kidney 
Foundations,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Thanks to our fans purchasing specially 

designed Don Cherry suit themed jerseys, RE/MAX  and  the WHL  are  in  a  position  to  make  a  significant 
contribution to local Kidney  Foundations in Western Canada.”  

During the months of October 2017 and March 2018, 17 WHL Clubs played host to themed game nights, 
complete with a variety of promotions for fans in attendance. Special-edition  Don  Cherry  bobbleheads 
were  given  to  fans,  along  with  limited-edition Don Cherry trading cards.    

“I  knew  the  people of the Western Hockey League would come through, and they came through in 
spades,”  said  Don  Cherry,  on  behalf  of  the  Kidney  Foundation.  “We  couldn’t  have done it without 
RE/MAX,  our  sponsor.  $265,500 is the most we’ve  ever  raised  and  when  you  see  something  like  that,  
makes  you  very  proud  to  be  a  Canadian.”    

On the ice, WHL member  Clubs sported unique Don Cherry-themed uniforms, which were then put up 
for  auction,  with  proceeds  designated  towards  local  chapters  of  the  Kidney  Foundation  of  Canada.    

“Being involved with the Cherry  family  and  the  Kidney  Foundation  was  a  very  exciting  opportunity  for 
us,” said Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President for RE/MAX of Western Canada.  “As  long-time 
supporters of organ donation across Canada we hope this partnership has increased the awareness 
about  how  critical  it  is  to  be  an  organ  donor.  Many  lives  can  be  enriched  and  saved  when  you  
register  as
a  donor.”    

During the month of October, “RE/MAX Presents:  WHL  Suits  Up  with  Don  Cherry  to  Promote  Organ 
Donation” was hosted in Brandon, Calgary, Kootenay, Lethbridge, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and 

During the month of March, “RE/MAX Presents: WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ 
Donation” was hosted in Edmonton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Medicine Hat, Prince George, Red Deer, 
Saskatoon, Swift Current and Victoria.  


The Kidney Foundation is a cause close to the Cherry family. Don’s son, Tim, received a kidney transplant 
from  his  sister  Cindy.  With  close  to  4,500  Canadians  awaiting  organ  donation  today  –  76 per cent whom 
require a kidney –  the Cherry family, RE/MAX and the WHL have come together to create this awareness 
campaign in support of the Kidney Foundation.  

For more information on “RE/MAX Presents: WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ 
Donation” or to sign up to be a donor, visit    

About RE/MAX of Western Canada 

RE/MAX  was  founded  in  1973  by  Dave  and  Gail  Liniger,  with  an  innovative,  entrepreneurial  culture 
affording  its  agents  and  franchisees  the  flexibility  to  operate  their  businesses  with  great  independence. 
Over 115,000 agents provide RE/MAX a global reach of more than 100 countries and territories. RE/MAX 
is  Canada’s  leading  real  estate  organization  with  more  than  21,000  Sales  Associates  and  over  922 
independently-owned and operated offices nationwide. RE/MAX, LLC, one of the world’s leading 

franchisors  of  real  estate  brokerage  services,  is  a  subsidiary  of  RE/MAX  Holdings, Inc. (NYSE:RMAX). With 
a  passion  for  the  communities  in  which  its  agents  live  and  work,  RE/MAX  is  proud  to  have  raised  more  

than $150 million for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® and other charities. For more information 
about  RE/MAX,  to  search  home listings or find an agent in your community, please visit 

About the Western Hockey League  

Regarded  as  the  world’s  finest  development  league  for  junior  hockey  players,  the  Western  Hockey 
League (WHL) head office is based in Calgary, Alberta. The WHL consists of 22 member Clubs with 17 
located  in  Western  Canada  and  five  in  the  U.S.  Pacific  Northwest.  A  member  of  the  Canadian  Hockey 
League, the WHL has been a leading supplier of talent for the National Hockey League for over 50 years. 
The WHL is also the leading provider of hockey scholarships with over 350 graduates each year receiving 
WHL  Scholarships  to  pursue  a   post-secondary education  of  their  choice.  Each  season,  WHL  players  alsoform  the  nucleus  of  Canada’s  National  Junior  Hockey  Team.

About The Kidney Foundation 

The Kidney Foundation of Canada is a national volunteer organization committed to improving 
outcomes of people with kidney disease. Since 1964, The Kidney Foundation of Canada has contributed 

over $115 million to medical research projects to ensure that treatment options and patient results 
continuously improve.  


For further information, please contact:

Taylor Rocca 

Manager, Communications 
Western  Hockey  League   

Wade Paterson  

Sr. Coordinator, Communications 
RE/MAX  of  Western  Canada    


Light Up Green for Organ Donation

Every year, The Kidney Foundation participates in the annual National Organ Donation and Tissue Awareness Week (NOTDAW), happening April 22-29. We use this week to support our “Saving Lives through Organ Donation” campaign and to raise awareness about the importance of organ donation and encourage people to register their wishes.

One of our NOTDAW initiatives this year includes hosting an outdoor event in downtown Vancouver, BC on Wednesday, April 25th over the busy lunch hour (11am-1pm) to raise awareness with the general public and set up a registration drive in partnership with BC Transplant.  This event will also feature a fun Zumba class led by double-lung transplant recipient Margaret Benson!  Many landmarks across the province will also ‘Light up Green’ on April 25th in support of NOTDAW,  and we would love for you to join us in lighting up green.

Please contact Janeen Tronnes for more information and to RSVP at   We hope to see you there!

Kidney Foundation BC & Yukon Branch Annual General Meeting

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch Annual General Meeting
May 12, 2018
11:45-12:15 pm
Hilton Vancouver Airport Hotel
5911 Minoru Boulevard, Richmond BC

All members encouraged to attend!  
Please RSVP to Janeen Tronnes at or call 1-800-567-8112 ext. 224

If you cannot attend the AGM in person, and are a VALID voting member, please fill out the 2018 AGM Official Proxy Form.


Vancouver, BC-  The Western Hockey League is proud to partner with REMAX to present WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by REMAX – a series of events across WHL markets to promote the importance of organ donation and to generate further support of The Kidney Foundation of Canada

During the months of October and March, WHL Clubs in 17 Canadian markets will play host to their very own WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by REMAX theme night, complete with a variety of special promotions for fans in attendance. The first 1,000 fans in attendance will receive a special-edition Don Cherry bobblehead and while other fans will receive a limited-edition Don Cherry trading card, courtesy of Upper Deck

“Thanks to our longstanding WHL sponsor REMAX, we are proud to partner with Don Cherry and his family in promoting organ donation and support for local Kidney Foundations,” commented WHL Commissioner Ron Robison. “Our WHL markets in Western Canada provide an ideal venue to promote important causes such as this and we look forward to working with our friends at RE/MAX to raise further awareness of the importance of organ donation."

On the ice, WHL Clubs will sport their own unique and specially-designed Don Cherry-themed uniforms. Fans will have the opportunity to bid on the limited-edition jerseys, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to local chapters of The Kidney Foundation. In addition to game-worn uniforms, fans will have the chance to bid on one Don Cherry-autographed jersey in each participating WHL market.

“Creating awareness surrounding the importance of organ donation in Canada is both close to my heart and paramount to helping people across this beautiful country of ours,” said Cindy Cherry, daughter of Don Cherry and Fund Development & Marketing Associate for The Kidney Foundation of Canada. “It makes you wonder why everyone hasn’t registered to be an organ donor like I have. I’m grateful to both the Western Hockey League and RE/MAX for coming together on this important initiative in support of The Kidney Foundation of Canada.”

The Kidney Foundation is a cause close to the Cherry family as Don’s son, Tim, received a kidneytransplant from his sister Cindy. With close to 4,500 Canadians awaiting organ donation today – 76 per cent whom require a kidney – the Cherry family, REMAX and the WHL have come together to create the WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by REMAX awareness campaign in support of The Kidney Foundation.

“REMAX of Western Canada is excited to partner with the Cherry Family and the WHL to help promote the importance of organ donation,” said Elton Ash, Regional Executive Vice President, REMAX of Western Canada. “These themed games will be fun for fans, and will help generate support for The Kidney Foundation of Canada."

During the month of October, WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by REMAX will be hosted in the following WHL markets: Brandon, Calgary, Kootenay, Lethbridge, Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina and Vancouver.

During the month of March, WHL Suits Up with Don Cherry to Promote Organ Donation – Presented by REMAX will be hosted in the following WHL markets: Edmonton, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George,Red Deer, Saskatoon, Swift Current, Victoria and Medicine Hat.

To receive more information on this promotion or to sign up to be a donor visit for more details.

The Kidney Foundation Honours Volunteers and Supporters at its Recognition Luncheon

 The BC and Yukon Branch is proud to honour and thank its talented volunteers and supporters at its annual Recognition Awards Ceremony.  We feel incredibly fortunate to have such a remarkable group of people who  generously give of themselves to help those affected by kdiney disease. 

Across our great kidney community our volunteers share their passion and energy, their time and talents and together, bring ONE STRONG VOICE to make a real difference for kidney patients. 

The Awards presented in 2017 are as follows:

Fundraiser Extraordinaire and Community Leadership:  Annick Lim

Fundraiser Extraordinaire: Patricia Leung and Linda Kwan and Finderson Alves

Outstanding Support Award: Stephanie Allan

Youth Award: Kidney Kids Crew

Community Outreach Award: Amanda Poch

Saving Lives Through Organ Donation: The BC Association of Chiefs of Police

Media Award: Norma Reid, CTV

Community Leadership Award: The Honourable Mike Nixon

Inspiration Award: Kirstin Hedberg and Kristina Grant







Do you have a child with ARPKD?

Participation Request for ARPKD International Studies

The University of Alabama at Birmingham Hepato/Renal Fibrocystic Disease Core Centre (UAB HRFDCC) has developed a unique set of clinical, genetic and educational resources for ARPKD.



Autosomal recessive polycystic kidney disease (ARPKD) and other hepato-renal fibrocystic diseases (HRFD) are relatively rare recessive disorders, but constitute an important set of childhood nephropathies. Rare disease research requires greater collaboration than the efforts in common diseases where patient resources are routinely available and large repositories can be built locally. For the HRFD, experimental studies would be well served by case accrual that coordinates collection of clinical data, bio-specimens (DNA and tissues) and 

Participation in this study is open to both residents of Canada and the US and is strictly anonymous. There are three studies available: Clinical Database, Tissue Repository and Genetic Studies.mutational information.

The centralization and sharing of clinical and genetic information, as well as bio-materials, can provide a critical impetus for more rapid progress by the research community.   


If you are interested in having your child participate you are encouraged to do following three steps:

1. Go to:  and download the FAQ for you and your child's doctor. 

2. Call Elena Gibson, RN, the Research Coordinator (RC) for the study at 202-476-2197 for questions or to participate.

3. Send in the forms for each study you would like your child to participate in:

  • Clinical Database
  • Tissue Repository
  • Genetic Studies

In this competitive renewal, the UAB HRFDCC will continue to compile baseline and longitudinal clinical information in their HRFD Clinical Database; expand our bio-materials (DNA and tissue) repositories; and deploy new strategies to identify genetic mutations in ARPKD and other HFRD patients, including new tools to interpret PKHD1 missense variants. Clinical and genetic data, as well as patient bio-specimens, will be drawn from tertiary care centers throughout the Americas (North, Central, and South). Finally, they will utilize the learning management system established in their CTSA-funded program to establish a multi-modality resource for their expanding portfolio of HRFD-related educational information and tools.

The goal for this renewal application is to acquire a sufficient volume of clinical data, biological specimens, and genomic information in a centralized resource to accelerate discovery research in human HRFD and integrate the resulting data in an enabling platform for developing new, targeted interventional strategies, assessing genotype-phenotype correlations, and identifying new disease genes by the Investigator User Base, as well as other members of the research community. 


Have You Been Asked to Participate in a Clinical Trial?

Researchers in Canada are seeking feedback on your experience with declining or participating in a clinical trial via an on-line, anonymous survey.  

•To access this on-line survey, please click  HERE

•More information about this survey can be found HERE  

You can also help by retweeting our post on Twitter.



Check out the BC & Yukon 2015 Annual Report

Click here and scroll down to see the full Report:  A Break-Through Year

BC & Yukon Branch Honours Volunteers

The Kidney Foundation Honours Volunteers at 2016 Annual Awards 

The BC & Yukon Branch is seven thousand volunteers strong! Each and everyone of these remarkable volunteers help deliver the mission of the organization.   They help support kidney patients and their families, build awareness and education around kidney health and organ donation and raise funds to help us deliver critical programs and services to the kidney community.   

We feel incredibly fortunate—no, blessed—to have such a remarkable group of people who so generously give of themselves to help the more than 300,000 British Columbians and Yukoners affected by kidney disease, and we could not do it without you.  Thank you!

This year the BC & Yukon Branch is pleased to recognize following individuals and organizations at its annual Volunteer Awards luncheon.  

2016 Award Recipients: 
Corporate Leadership Award– Global Securities Inc.  

Organ Donation Award– William Stewart  

Media Award – Pattison Outdoor

Community Leadership Award – Chief Constable, Chris Rattenbury

Youth Recognition Award – Nash Overton  

Emerging / New Chapter Award– Yukon Chapter

President’s Award – Paul and Diane Duperron 

Are you prepared for an emergency disaster when it comes to managing your dialysis? Click here to learn more.

Are you prepared for an emergency disaster when it comes to managing your dialysis?  

The wildfires in northern Alberta that forced the evacuation of Fort McMurray and communities in the path of the fire reminds all of us of the importance of having an emergency plan just in case dialysis may not be available.  Fortunately, there is an Emergency Preparedness Information for Hemodialysis Patients booklet available at your kidney clinic or through BC Provincial Renal Agency.

Everyone should keep a list of current medications with them.  But did you know that you should keep at least 3 days of medications – all your medications – at all times?   And that you should make an Emergency Renal Pack that includes foods on the emergency renal diet which you should start as soon as you are able?

Check out the BC Provincial Renal Agency’s infographic for easy to read information and advice on what your Emergency Renal Pack should include.   Kidney Patient Planning for Disaster

Today, the BC & Yukon Branch is concerned for our neighbours in northern Alberta, and offering our assistance to our colleagues in the Northern Alberta & Territories Branch of the Kidney Foundation of Canada as they assist kidney patients and families affected by the wildfires. 

However, it promises to be another hot, dry summer this year across our province too.  We encourage you to take time now to ensure that you and your family are prepared to manage your kidney care needs in the event of a disaster.  It may save your life!



Home Sweet Home: Get a “Kidney Mortgage” and Support Kidney Patients

Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Excellence has pledged $1 million over the next five years towards the fight against kidney disease.  For every mortgage completed through “Kidney Mortgage”, Dominion Lending Centres Mortgage Excellence will donate $224 to The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Interested in learning more about Kidney Mortgage, visit: 

4th Annual Shine a Light Kidney Gala another night to remember

Co-chairs Dr. Adeera Levin and Dr. John Gill steered this year’s Gala to a new record in raising $230,000 for kidney patients and kidney research.   

Over 300 guests attended this year’s elegant cocktail style party presented by AG Hair on March 3rd at the Fairmont Vancouver.  Joining them were Gala Co-Chairs Dr. Adeera Levin and Dr. John Gill, Gala MC Norma Reid, CTV news anchor, and celebrity columnist Fred Lee. The Honourable Terry Lake, BC Minister of Health and The Honourable, Mike Nixon, Yukon Minister of Health delivered opening remarks. Minister Nixon also presented The Kidney Foundation with a $5,000 cheque to support kidney patients in the Yukon. Kidney patient, Doug Brown, shared his battle with kidney disease, and in the spirit of Kidney Health Month and a focus on  kids & kidney disease, guests were treated to a very special performance by “the Kidney Kids Crew”.

Guests also enjoyed delicious hors d’oeuvres and wine and bid on a fantastic selection of silent and live auction items including an amazing four day adventure package in the Yukon which included learning to fly. 

A huge thank you to all the Gala sponsors, volunteers, supporters and all those who attended the Gala and contributed to its success.    Be sure to check out Shine a Light Gala photos, CTV clip recapping the Gala on the evening news and celebrity columnist Fred Lee’s full page segment in both the Province and the Vancouver Courier.

The 5th annual kidney gala will be held on March 2nd, 2017 in Vancouver.  The Shine a Light Kidney Gala is co-hosted by The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch and The Canadian Society of Nephrology.  

Kidney Volunteers meet with MLA’s at the BC Legislature

See for yourself what was said in the BC Legislature on March 9th.  Scroll down to the "Introductions by Members" section.

March 10th is World Kidney Day: See What’s Happening

Visit our Kidney Health Month page

Kidney Foundation partners to launch the Live Then Give tour

BC & Yukon Branch Executive Director speaks at BC Legislature on how organ donor registration has been made easier

Executive Director of KFOC BC & Yukon Branch, Karen Philp, was invited to the legislature in Victoria on March 2nd to participate in Red Tape Reduction Day and share how ICBC and Service BC Centres adoption of the organ donor registration service has made it easier for British Columbians to register their wishes.  Karen spoke to how this change is having a big impact on organ donor registration numbers which contributes  to saving lives through organ donation. 

Kidney Health Month Let's take the kid out of kidney disease, Check it out!

Let's take the kid out of kidney disease.  Read more here


Remembering Sue Peterson

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of Sue Peterson on February 15, 2016.  However, it is with great respect and joy that we remember Sue’s many significant contributions to The Kidney Foundation of Canada.

Sue first joined The Kidney Foundation Board of Directors in 1991 and was subsequently elected President for a term of 2 years – 1997 to 1999.  

Sue’s interest in The Kidney Foundation first stemmed from her early career as a renal nurse, but she offered her skills and passion to the Foundation in many areas. 

With a background and expertise in Human Resources area, Sue immediately became indispensable on the board working to revamp staff policies and helping to recruit a new Executive Director.

Sue also played a significant role in fundraising and chapter development.   She was a diligent fundraiser for the March Drive campaign, and travelled the province promoting the formation of Chapters.

She was also was a strong advocate for the establishment of the first Kidney Suite in Vancouver for post-transplant recipients 

Sue’s leadership expanded to serve on the National Human Resource Committee, National Job Evaluation Committee and the National Compensation Committee.  

Sue set the bar high for the next generation of Board members and will always be fondly remembered for her wit, dedication and commitment to the mission that The Kidney Foundation has always worked towards – supporting kidney patients and their families until a cure is found.



ICBC to launch organ donation pilot program


Good news for kidney patients and those awaiting life-saving transplants.   Today the Honourable, Todd Stone, BC Minister for Transportation announced a pilot program to help increase organ donor registration. 

Today’s announcement supports a key recommendation coming out of The Kidney Foundation’s Community Conversations in 2014, where more than 2,500 British Columbians recommended that the BC government return to a system allowing organ donor registration at time of getting their drivers’ licence.  Last year, the BC government made it easier to register by expanding their initial 6 month pilot with Service BC Centres to all 62 Service BC Centres.   We are hopeful that the same will happen with the ICBC pilot project.  See news article below.  MLA Kyllo and Minister Stone were instrumental in making this pilot a reality and deserve our thanks.

ICBC to launch organ donation pilot program
ICBC is launching a pilot program on March 1, in partnership with BC Transplant, to help increase the number of people who register their decision on organ donation.

Fifty per cent of British Columbians believe they have registered a decision on organ donation but, in fact, only 20 per cent have. For this reason, ICBC employees at participating driver licensing offices will be encouraging customers to register their decision and share educational information if asked.

“More than 500 people are desperately waiting for organ donation in B.C.,” said, Todd Stone, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure. “Given that, the government of British Columbia is in full support of this new pilot and partnership between ICBC and BC Transplant. We believe it can make a real difference.”

“We know that an overwhelming number of our customers support organ donation so we’re pleased to get behind this important cause and make it easier for our customers to register their decision,” said Mark Blucher, ICBC President and CEO.

ICBC will launch the pilot at four driver licensing offices in B.C. from March to May. The four locations participating in the pilot are the North Vancouver, Abbotsford, Kelowna and Royal Centre driver licensing offices.
After the pilot is completed, ICBC will analyze the effectiveness of the pilot before considering future options.

A decal on your driver’s licence is no longer enough to ensure you’re registered as an organ donor. Register your decision online with BC Transplant or call 1-800-663-6189.Short URL:






Shine a Light Kidney Gala


Don’t miss the 4th annual Shine a Light Kidney Gala on Thursday March 3, 2016.  This elegant evening supports people living with kidney disease and furthers kidney research.   For more information and tickets, please visit  




8 year old Nash is currently top Kidney Walk Fundraiser in BC!

Amazing 8 year old boy, Nash, is currently the top fundraiser for the Kidney Walk campaign in BC!  Team Nash raised $13,640 at Williams Lake.  Kidney Walk donations may still be accepted until November 23rd.  

Click here to see Nash's heartwarming story. 


Saving Lives Through Organ Donation: BC Minister Honoured with Special Award

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC & Yukon Branch presented The Honourable Amrik Virk, Minister for Technology, Innovation & Citizens’ Services and MLA for Surrey-Tynehead,  with a special Citizen’s Leadership Award for his significant contributions and commitment towards helping to increase organ donor awareness and organ donor registration across BC.Under the leadership of Minister Virk, a partnership with BC Transplant made it possible for British Columbians to register as organ donors when they visit any one of the 61 Service BC centres.

Since this change, more than 5,000 British Columbians have registered their wishes as a organ donor at one of the Service BC centres.  The Minister received his award at a special reception hosted by The Kidney Foundation during UBCM, with over 100 guests in attendance to celebrate leadership in organ donation.   In the coming weeks, The Kidney Foundation and it’s volunteers will visit 61 communities to present Community Leadership Awards to Service BC staff for their commitment and support of organ donation. Background:  Right now there are over 500 people in BC waiting for a life saving organ transplant, and almost 400 of those are waiting for a kidney.  Thousands more are on dialysis and may also need a transplant. Sadly many of these people will die waiting.  95% of British Columbians say they support organ donation but only 20% have actually registered on BC’s organ donor registry.  The Kidney Foundation of Canada has committed to a goal to increase organ donor registration and kidney transplants by 50% over the next 5 years.                                                                   



Dr. Adeera Levin, Recipient of The Order of Canada

Congratulations to Dr. Adeera Levin who has been selected as a 2015 recipient of The Order of Canada.  Dr. Levin is a respected nephrologist and researcher at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care & the University of British Columbia,  Head of the Division of Nephrology at UBC as well as the Executive Director of the BC Renal Agency.  She was also recently named President (2015 to 2017) of the International Society of Nephrology, she is the second woman and first Canadian ever elected to this post.  Dr. Adeera Levin is also the first researcher in British Columbia to be awarded The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 2014 Medal for Research Excellence for her outstanding accomplishments in kidney disease research.   

Dr. Levin is an outstanding clinician scientist in kidney disease who leads a strong group with international impact in nephrology. She has made significant contributions to the understanding of the determinants of kidney health and disease and has ensured this knowledge is shared with patients living with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and their health-care providers to improve clinical care and quality of life. 

The Order of Canada, one of our country’s highest civilian honours, was established in 1967, during Canada’s centennial year, to recognize outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation.  
The original announcement can be viewed here



Remembering Hilda Gregory

It is with great sadness that we acknowledge Hilda Gregory’s passing but with great joy that we celebrate her incredible accomplishments in life. 

Hilda GregoryHilda is certainly no stranger to the kidney community.  A kidney patient herself and long-time volunteer with The Kidney Foundation, Hilda was truly an inspiration to all who met her.  

Born and raised in England, Hilda came to Canada in 1962 as a school teacher with specialized training in teaching deaf children.  In 1963 she founded the Vancouver Oral Centre, an independent school for children with hearing impairment.   Today the school’s curricula and methodologies are used throughout North America. 

Hilda’s achievements were acknowledged by many throughout her life.  She received the Order of Canada (1999), the Order of British Columbia (1998) the YWCA Women of Distinction Award (1990, 1995, 2006), the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal (2002) and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012) in recognition of the significant impact she had made in the lives of many people.   

In 1981 Hilda and 5 others established the 127 Society for Housing with a mandate to provide safe, affordable housing for low-income and/or seniors and/or individuals with disabilities and assist them with their personal and social needs. 

After retirement, Hilda was an active volunteer for charities including The Kidney Foundation where she offered peer support to patients, and served as a board member and secretary to the executive committee for five years.    Hilda was also very active within her church – Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver and in the Anglican Diocese of New Westminster.  In recognition of her work in the church and community, Hilda was invested in the Order of New Westminster in 2012.  

Hilda’s determination to make a difference with her life is inspiring.  Nothing – not even kidney failure, could detract her from this purpose.  Ever the teacher, Hilda approached kidney disease as she did everything in her life, in part by asking “What am I to learn from this?”  One of Hilda’s favourite quotes was from Ruben Alves, a Brazilian theologian: “Hope is to hear the melody of the future.  Faith is to dance it.” 

Dance on Hilda!

First BC Researcher to be Awarded Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Medal for Research Excellence

For Immediate Release

October 1, 2014

First BC Researcher to be Awarded Kidney Foundation of Canada’s Medal for Research Excellence

Dr. Adeera LevinBurnaby BC --  Dr. Adeera Levin is the first researcher in British Columbia to be awarded The Kidney Foundation of Canada’s 2014 Medal for Research Excellence for her outstanding accomplishments in kidney disease research.  

Dr. Levin is a respected nephrologist and researcher at St. Paul’s Hospital, Providence Health Care & the University of British Columbia,  Head of the Division of Nephrology at UBC as well as the Executive Director of the BC Renal Agency.  She was also recently named President (2015 to 2017) of the International Society of Nephrology, she is the second woman and first Canadian ever elected to this post. 

“We are honoured and proud that The Kidney Foundation of Canada has awarded Dr. Levin this prestigious research award,” comments Ron Walker, BC Branch President of The Kidney Foundation of Canada. “Dr. Levin is a committed, dedicated and respected leader in improving kidney patient care through her research, professional education and the work of the BC Provincial Renal Agency.   Dr. Levin is admired and appreciated by her patients, colleagues, friends and those of us fortunate to know her in the kidney community.”

Dr. Levin’s research interests are aligned with her clinical focus on chronic kidney disease.  In particular, she has focused on the early development of kidney disease and its association with other conditions particularly cardiovascular diseases   As lead investigator of a large pan-Canadian project, she seeks to understand the factors leading to renal and cardiovascular disease progression in kidney patients -a  first for nephrology in Canada.

In addition to her own research, Dr. Levin actively mentors young investigators in kidney research and serves as Chair of the national Curriculum Task Force for the Kidney Research Scientist Core Education and National Training (KRESCENT) program.

“I am humbled to be selected for this award by my peers in the national kidney community,” says Dr. Adeera Levin. “The body of work that I have been acknowledged for is actually the product of extensive collaboration with and support from all of my colleagues: provincially with BCPRA, UBC and Pacific Nephrology Group, nationally and internationally. I am grateful for all of the support throughout the years so that working together we can ask, and answer questions important to improving the care of patients living with kidney disease.” 

The Kidney Foundation of Canada established the Medal for Research Excellence in 1996 to honour Canadian Researchers whose work is recognized by their peers for having improved the treatment and care of people living kidney disease and related conditions.

About The Kidney Foundation, BC Branch: The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch exists to help prevent kidney disease or delay the onset.  We provide support services for patients who have chronic kidney disease and promote organ donation to increase kidney transplant rates.  We are here to help each and every kidney patient until there is a cure.


For more information, contact:
Deborah Tucker
Director of Communications and Marketing
The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch
604-736-9775 x230

Kidney Foundation Applauds Government Launch of Organ Donor Initiative

BURNABY – The Kidney Foundation of Canada (B.C. Branch) expressed its full support for today’s announcement by the B.C. Government that Service BC centres in Dawson Creek, Quesnel, Port Alberni and Salmon Arm will allow citizens to register as an organ donor.
“There are nearly 400 British Columbians who are currently waiting for a life saving kidney transplant.  This initiative is a critical first step in making organ donations easier, and for the many people awaiting transplants this will signify a very hopeful first step,” said BC Branch Kidney Foundation Executive Director, Karen Philp. “On behalf of those awaiting donors and the entire Kidney Foundation family I would like to thank Minister Wilkinson and Minister Lake for their leadership.”
“Donor registrations help save the lives of patients in need,” said Minister of Technology, Innovation and Citizens’ Services Andrew Wilkinson. “I’m proud that we can support this program through our Service BC centres and help increase awareness about the importance of organ donation.”
Kidney disease is a very serious disease with no cure. One in ten Canadians has kidney disease and many don’t even know because the symptoms are silent in the early stages. There are several risk factors for kidney disease including being diagnosed with diabetes or high blood pressure and having an ethnic background that is South Asian, Asian, Aboriginal or African. Knowing the risk factors and early detection may prevent or delay the need for dialysis or transplantation.
Link to BC Government news release:
About The Kidney Foundation of Canada, B.C. Branch
The Kidney Foundation of Canada, B.C. Branch exists to help prevent kidney disease or delay the onset. We provide support services for patients who have chronic kidney disease and promote organ donation to increase kidney transplant rates. We are here to help each and every kidney patient until there is a cure.
For more information contact Deborah Tucker ( )  or 604-736-9775.

Pilot project brings Targeted Screening to Community Pharmacies

The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch, and the Medicine Shoppe Pharmacies have launched a six month project to evaluate the benefits of a community pharmacy screening program for chronic kidney disease (CKD). This pilot will screen a minimum of 500 British Columbians at high risk of developing CKD in three community pharmacies in the Greater Vancouver area. Screenings are free to those who fall into one or more of the at risk categories for kidney disease. Screenings will be available from July 2014 at three Medicine Shoppe locations:

  • 2030 Kingsway, Vancouver, BC
  • 6180 Fraser Street, Vancouver, BC
  • 9-31205 Maclure Road, Abbotsford, BC
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Kidney Exchange Registry Goes National

Living Donor Paired Exchange becomes first Canada-wide organ donation registry

OTTAWA, Nov. 30 /CNW/ - Yesterday, the Living Donor Paired Exchange performed the first match run to include kidney patients and donors from all across Canada. In doing so, it became the first Canada-wide organ donation registry.

The LDPE registry facilitates living kidney donations between patients with a willing but incompatible donor and another pair in the same situation. It is a partnership between Canadian Blood Services and transplant programs across the country, and was launched as a three-province pilot in January 2009. Since then, all other provinces have gradually joined the registry, and with Quebec firming up its participation in October, the initiative has become Canada-wide in scope.

"The inclusion of all provinces in the LDPE is a significant development for patients as it increases the pool of donors. And of course the larger the pool, the more likely patients are to find a match and receive the transplant they need," said Dr. Graham Sher, CEO, Canadian Blood Services. "This is a prime example of how better collaboration and integration can improve donation and transplantation rates in this country, and ultimately, save more lives. It is what sets top performing countries apart."

The LDPE has registered 185 donor/recipient pairs from across the country, and has been responsible for facilitating 57 kidney transplants since the launch with an additional 16 scheduled for surgery in the weeks ahead.

Critical to the registry's success has been the inclusion of non-directed donors - a person who is entered into the registry, unpaired and willing to donate to any one in need. "Non-directed donors are selfless heroes that have created 'domino exchanges' which are responsible for 45 of the 57 transplants to date," said Dr. Ed Cole, Chair of the National Kidney Registries Advisory Committee and University Health Network Physician-in-Chief. "Non-directed donors greatly increase the number of available matches, but best of all, since they enter as a single rather than a pair, it means that at the end of the domino chain, one patient on the deceased donor waiting list also gets a transplant."

In addition to going Canada-wide, the registry has celebrated some other important milestones of late, including:

  • the first LDPE surgeries performed in the province of Nova Scotia;
  • the first patients in Saskatchewan, Nova Scotia and Newfoundland and Labrador receiving transplants;
  • matches and transplants for highly sensitized (difficult-to-match) patients; and
  • first instance where kidneys were shipped as part of a living donor exchange from one Canadian centre to another, demonstrating that transporting the kidney rather than the donor is feasible in some circumstances.

"A transplant is generally the preferred treatment for people whose kidneys have failed but far too many patients are dying while waiting" said Paul Shay, National Executive Director of The Kidney Foundation of Canada. "Each kidney transplant saves the health care system up to $40,000 annually.  The 57 transplants that have happened as a result of this registry will save the system millions of dollars and improve the quality of life of the transplant recipients beyond any monetary value."

The concept of a national registry for LDPE was proposed by the Canadian Society for Transplantation and the Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation (merged with Canadian Blood Services). It was developed, implemented, and is currently operated by Canadian Blood Services. Two more registries - the national organ urgent wait list and a registry for highly sensitized (difficult-to-match) kidney patients are now in development and are planned for roll-out in 2011.

Delivering these registries is part of the mandate Canadian Blood Services was given by the Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health in 2008 to help improve Canada's performance in organ and tissue donation and transplantation (OTDT).  The mandate also included assuming the activities of the former Canadian Council for Donation and Transplantation (CCDT), as well as leading the efforts of the OTDT community to design an integrated system to improve clinical patient outcomes, increase the quality of life for patients, and improve the system's efficiency.

About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, and provides national leadership for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. Canadian Blood Services operates 43 permanent collection sites and more than 20,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system. For more information, please visit: For information on living donation or the registry, please visit: and click on "Living Donation".

For further information:

Media contacts:

Chris Brennan
Manager, Stakeholder Relations and
Communications (OTDT)
Canadian Blood Services

Ron Vezina
Director, Media Relations and External
Canadian Blood Services


Recycle for Life Campaign Launched at Leadership Weekend

On May 1, 2010, Kidney Foundation volunteers from around BC participated in the roll-out of Recycle for Life, an “umbrella” campaign that links all The Kidney Foundation fundraising programs and patient services together, both visually and through messaging. Part of a re-branding strategy designed to give the work and accomplishments of The Kidney Foundation a “face” in the community, Recycle for Life captures the imagination of supporters and potential supporters by linking the popular desire to recycle to fundraising initiatives that will benefit kidney patients, the environment and individuals. Our recycling programs give new life to old unwanted cars (Kidney Car program), household or industrial scrap metal (Kidney Metals program), junk in basements (Kidney Garage Sale) and the most exciting recycling program of all, Organ Donation (Kidney Walk).


Discover how you can Recycle for Life

Volunteers Recognized at Annual Awards Ceremony

Over 40 volunteers and supporters of The Kidney Foundation of Canada, BC Branch, representing Chapters and community groups from around British Columbia, attended the Foundation's Leadership Weekend, held in Richmond, BC May 1st and 2nd. Highlighting the activities, which included the Branch AGM and leadership educational sessions, was the Annual Awards Banquet on Saturday night. A total of 17 volunteers were recognized for their outstanding service to the Foundation's BC Branch, including six members of the Board of Directors who had completed their terms of office. Corporate sponsors, Amgen Canada Inc., RBC Foundation and London Drugs Foundation were acknowledged for their financial support, and five news media outlets were presented with Media Awards for the ongoing support they give to Kidney Foundation activities and campaigns.  Photos of Award recipients


Scrap Metal Sounds Great and Saves Lives

ABC Recycling is sponsoring, in part, the wildly energetic and unique Earth Day performances of ScrapArtsMusic at the Stanley Industrial Alliance Theatre on Thursday April 22, 2010 and on Friday April 23, 2010. The concert features 145+ hand-built sculptural instruments, all made from material salvaged from construction sites and scrap metal yards. Gregory Kozak, a percussion virtuoso with a talent for welding, a commitment to recycling and energy to burn, and Justine Murdy, a designer with a passion for spectacle and a head for making things happen are the heart and soul of ScrapArtsMusic. The intricate rhythms, raw energy and athletic choreography of this exciting band embodies the hottest, most inventive reuse of metal materials in music today. The band, seen recently at the Closing Ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics, and en route to concerts in Seoul Korea, is presenting a not-to-be-missed concert. Visit

ABC Recycling has also recently partnered with The Kidney Foundation of Canada to develop Kidney Metals, a new program designed to make a positive impact on the environment as well as on the bottom line of The Kidney Foundation.  Kidney Metals, which is the cornerstone of the Foundation’s Recycle for Life Program offers businesses and households the opportunity to donate their scrap metal to The Kidney Foundation in return for a tax receipt.  Whether it’s an old BBQ, a rusty bicycle or even the kitchen sink, old scrap metal can save lives. Representatives from The Kidney Foundation will be at the concert with information on the newly developed Kidney Metals Program.   To find out how to recycle old metal (that can’t be made to “sing”), visit

ABC Recycling is a fourth generation family run business headquartered in Burnaby, BC  With four locations province-wide and more on the way, the company has expertise in the removal and recycling of ferrous and non-ferrous metals. Central to ABC’s working mission is respect for the environment and the communities in which they work. The support they are giving to The Kidney Foundation and ScrapArtsMusic is very much appreciated by the arts community and kidney patients throughout BC. For more informatin, visit

News Stories and Press Kits

Kidney Health Month Press Kit

Susan Jacks receives new kidney from her brother

O2P Dragon Boat Team Selected for Olympics Torch Relay

February 8, 2010 - The O2P Dragon Boat team will make history in Vancouver as one of the participants in the Winter Olympics Torch Relay.  On February 12th, 2010 from 12:59 pm to 1:27 pm the Olympic Flame will be travelling on False Creek between Granville Island (Market) to Yaletown Ferry Docks on board dragonboats and voyager canoes. O2P will be paddling along side the Olympic Torch during this, the second last stop before it reaches the Torch Relay Blessing Ceremony.

Most O2P team members are dialysis patients who can relate personally to the goals and stamina of olympians. They started dragon boating to prove that regular exercise and team building bring about great health benefits and have gone on to win medals of their own during the dragon boat season every summer.  Being selected for this once in a lifetime event  is great recognition to the kidney community and the spirit that binds all athletes together.

Congratulations O2P!

The Cross-Country Dialogue with CSB Continues

Canadian Blood Services (CBS) is committed to engaging the public in the design of a new nationally coordinated system for Organ and Tissue Donation and Transplantation, (OTDT).

To this end they are inviting a cross section of stakeholders to a series of public dialogues being held across the country. The purpose of the meetings is to give Canadians an opportunity to learn more about the current state of OTDT and have their voices heard on what a new system should look like and how it should operate.

In Vancouver, the public dialogue was held on November 14th at the Empire Landmark Hotel.  Approximately 40 people attended and participated in lively and thoughtful discussions. (For dates of public dialogues in other cities, read more here)

If you did not attend the public dialogue in Vancouver, it's not too late to participate. CBS has set up Kitchen Table Discussions on their website to enable all interested people to submit their thoughts.You can share your opinion online at or download the OTDT Kitchen Table Conversation Kit to set up a discussion group in your own home. The Kit will give you all the information and background materials you’ll need to talk about the issues and share ideas. CBS will continue to accept  Kitchen Table submissions until June 2010.

The public dialogues and online activities will provide meaningful opportunities for the public to advance their best thinking and advice on what a national system would look like and how it would best serve Canadians.

For more information on the Public Dialogues and how to register, visit




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