BHF Proud History, Bright Future

I’m so excited to see the Burnaby Hospital Foundation – Proud History, Bright Future broadcast in support of the redevelopment of the Burnaby Hospital and presented by the Burnaby Firefighters Charitable Society. An amazing effort put together by the Burnaby Hospital Foundation staff and team, raising $135,000 towards the redevelopment!

The time has come to transform this aging hospital to a world-class facility equipped to serve generations to come and outfitted with state of the art medical equipment to match the incredible talents of its’ medical staff.

We’re [a] world class team in a bit of an ancient hospital. One of our big innovations is developing daycare surgery for total joint replacements. People were staying 4 days before and now they’re going home the same day…We are a leader in total joint innovation. ~ Dr. Tim Kostamo

The Burnaby Hospital Redevelopment is committed to:

  • Modernise our health care network
  • Build capacity
  • Improve timely access to patient-centred care

Burnaby like the rest of the Lower Mainland is going through major growth. We know there’s going to be a million more people living in the region within the next 20 years or so. It’s important that we meet those needs. ~ Mayor Mike Hurley

If you want to be part of the big effort being made by so many in the community so the residents get the hospital they deserve, please donate at Get your 50/50 raffle tickets at

I think that any hospital in any community is a pillar of that community. It’s where you go when you’re sick, it’s where you go to have joy when somebody has a baby. It’s a part of everybody’s lives, we don’t always want to go there but it’s nice to know that when you do need the hospital that you have a great hospital with great people, and that’s what Burnaby General is. ~ Doug Petti

#GivingTuesday 2019 & Burnaby Hospital Foundation

On this #GivingTuesday, I wanted to share a bit of personal news…I have recently joined the @BurnabyHospitalFoundation board of trustees!!

Our family has been blessed with good health so far and no, no one is in the hospital as the photo suggests, but as you may know our little ones are no stranger to extended hospital stays and 2am emergency room visits.


I’ve come to recognize the absolute privilege of our access to healthcare, and moreso the crucial role the hospital foundation plays in improving patient experience and outcomes. The amount of dedication and support from our community that goes into this shared resource is astounding, and if you are curious to know just a little bit more about the Burnaby Hospital Foundation please let me know.

A big thank you goes out to the foundation staff as I get up to speed, and to my friend Russ Aunger for his consideration & encouragement which started this whole journey!

Coming off of the Black Friday and Cyber Monday highs – this may be a time to reflect on what message we are sharing with our friends and loved ones. All I can hope for is that you contemplate #GivingTuesday even if just for a moment, and if you choose to share this message and/or donate, I thank you immensely.

Much love and gratitude

Donate – I’ve made a giving group if you’d like to join together with me, you will receive your personal tax receipt immediately and 100% of your donation (less credit card processing fee) goes directly to the Burnaby Hospital Foundation, nowhere else! @ Burnaby Hospital Foundation

How to Have a Conversation About Charity With Your Child


Having a conversation about giving with a child may seem a little awkward, but it is beneficial in the long run. It helps them become mindful of important issues and active members of the community. Research also shows that talking to children about charity has a greater impact on them than role modelling alone.

Though it may seem challenging, having a chat about charity is simpler that you think!

Chimp’s Executive Assistant (and parent) Ali Ah-Yu has this type of conversation with her son whenever she can. Here are some of her tips on how to have this kind of chat.

Make it Relatable

There’s always the question of how to start a conversation about giving back and what particular issues to talk about. However, the conversation can be simple, and it certainly does not have to be done all at the same time.

Talking about experiences that occur daily and encouraging kids to think about how they differ for others is a great and organic way to get the conversation started. Kids often think and act in their own self-interest. Framing questions with this in mind can give us more insight, as parents, into their personal definition of being charitable.

When Ali has this conversation with her son, she often starts by having them both reflect on his personal experiences and what it might look like for those who do not share the same realities. They then think about what he can do as an individual to help.

Talking about solutions can come from simpler terms as well. Rather than talking about what specific charity to support, it’s good to talk about what actions he can take to create a solution (e.g. “I want to help hungry children by volunteering my time” etc.).

Make it Engaging

Giving kids the freedom and power to make choices about charitable giving is a great way to keep them engaged and excited.

Ali does this in a fun way, incorporating a special allowance that her son can use as a way to donate to the different charities (a “charity allowance). Ali encourages this by guiding him to the different charities that reflect his interests. Chimp is a great platform and resource for this.

“I created a Giving Group on his behalf, so he can choose to give to whatever Canadian charity he wants. The platform also allows you to send a message to the charities you donate to. I encourage him to write to these charities. Doing this not only gets him involved with the entire process of donating, but I feel it makes him more connected to the charity as well.”

There are other great ways to encourage children to think charitably. Having resources like books that talk about giving back is a great way to get them engaged. The Giving Book by Ellen Shabin is a great book that encourages children to think about giving by asking what it means to them. Ali uses this book to complement her conversations with her son.

Celebrate Their Success

It’s important to celebrate and applaud children’s successes with them. Not only does this reinforce their behavior to give, but it also leads to happiness. Research shows that children and toddlers as young as the age of two exhibit greater happiness when giving to others than receiving themselves.

Having a simple yet meaningful conversation about giving back is important for the growth and development of children. By infusing these types of chats into everyday life, we can contribute to shaping these individuals to be the best they can be.

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Poems of Reflection – Book Launch with 100 Success – March 2nd

The anticipation is building! We’ve come such a long way & it’s amazing to see how not just the volunteers, but the 100 Success community itself has come together to pitch in for Brian. #AllHandsOnDeck #BuildingACommunity

Brian’s book launch is just around the corner, please come and join us March 2nd at 6pm, 431 Princess Ave.


Just a bit of background, some of you may know I’ve been working with 100 Success, a group of individuals who want to lend their support to the Downtown Eastside community by providing mentorship and encouragement for individuals who have completed recovery (Climbers) to connect their business ideas and social projects to advisers (Sherpas) and to potential clients.

Come join us this coming Wednesday for a glimpse into what we’ve been doing!




Tax Tips – First-Time Donor’s Super Credit

“If you’re among the almost 75% of Canadians that hasn’t been giving anything to charity or at least haven’t in some time, you can take advantage of the new First-Time Donor’s Super Credit (FDSC). Under the general rules, individuals can claim a non-refundable tax credit of 15% for the first $200 of annual charitable donations. That tax credit rate jumps to 29% for any donations above $200.”


Reblogged from Jamie Golombek

There might be more than a few of us hanging our heads as we skulk past the Salvation Army kettles, hands in our pockets and eyes averted, after a survey this week pointed out that we are donating not only fewer dollars but also a declining percentage of our income to charity than in prior years.

According to the Fraser Institute’s annual “Generosity Index” released earlier this week, a lower percentage of tax filers donated to charity in Canada (22.9%) than in the United States (26.0%). Similarly, Canadians (at 0.64%) gave a lower percentage of their aggregate income to charity than did Americans (at 1.33%).

So, if your lack of giving during this holiday season is causing you some guilty pangs, there are actually a couple of ways to make giving a bit less unsettling by using the tax rules to decrease your after-tax cost of donating.

But to encourage “new” donors to give to charity, the 2013 federal budget introduced the temporary FDSC which provides an additional 25% non-refundable tax credit for a “first-time donor” on up to $1,000 of donations. A first-time donor is someone who hasn’t claimed a donation credit after 2007. If you’re married or living common law, neither you nor your spouse qualify if either of you has made a donation after 2007. While first-time donor couples can share the FDSC in a particular year, the total amount claimed can’t exceed the maximum allowable credit.

As a result, a first-time donor will be entitled to a 40% federal credit for donations of $200 or less and a 54% credit for donations over $200 up to $1,000. Only cash donations will qualify for the FDSC as opposed to donations of property or donations “in-kind.”

The FDSC is available for donations made on or after March 21, 2013 and the credit can only be claimed once in either 2013 or any year until 2017.

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