To Everything There is a Season
We’ve said many times that the BCCDC Foundation is indebted to its Board of Directors, so it is with much thanks and gratitude that we say goodbye to two valued members of our Board and wish them well.
Both Dr. Judith Hall and Donald J. Avison joined the Board in 2014. Judy came with a clinical research background in pediatrics and non-traditional mechanisms of disease. Her career has been remarkable enough that she has been the recipient of a number of Lifetime Achievement Awards from prestigious colleges and associations, as well as earning a spot in the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, and an appointment as Officer of the Order of Canada. Judy brought a unique perspective to the group, always grounded in public health and the question, “what if…”
Don Avison is the Executive Director & CEO of the Law Society of BC. Don brought extensive governance experience to his role as our Board Chair for 4 years. As well as being a lawyer, former deputy minister of a number of portfolios including Justice, Education and Health, and many years as Attorney General of Canada as Crown Counsel. Don has brought his experience with other major health-related non-profit boards and other committees.
…a time to plant, a time to reap…
As Don steps down, we are very fortunate to have Cathy Daminato step up to take the reigns as Chair of our Board, after having serving as a member for two years. Cathy’s leadership experience and fundraising acumen at educational institutions and hospital foundations have contributed to a career full of extraordinary commitment and support in aid of health and education in BC…and makes her a particularly good choice for Chair as we transition through a growth and change period for the Foundation. We look forward to continuing with her at the helm on our path set out in our Strategic Plan.