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The Leadership Philanthropy Team works with philanthropic leaders to create a cancer free world by developing projects in research, support and prevention.

We do not have to let cancer continue to cause suffering and take lives. One compassionate act, one generous donation, one determined commitment to good health multiplied thousands of times over can, and will stop cancer.”
– Barbara Kaminsky, CEO Canadian Cancer Society BC & Yukon Division

View our donor profiles highlighting extraordinary examples of philanthropy.

  • Ike & Jean Barber, Visionaries for Hope (Lifetime Gifts of $1,000,000 +)

    The late Ike Barber was one of BC’s best known philanthropists. In 1978, at the age of 55, he founded Slocan Forest Products Ltd and it went on to become one of the world’s most successful forestry companies. In 2002, he retired as Chairman of Slocan and since then has devoted even more time to supporting his favorite charities and educational institutions.

    Helping people throughout British Columbia, especially those living in the North is of importance to the Barber Family. A true visionary, Ike Barber generously donated $1 million dollars – the largest gift from an individual in the history of the Canadian Cancer Society – to renovate the Society’s Vancouver Lodge.

    “It is important that people in Northern British Columbia have access to cancer treatment,” says Mr. Barber at the time. “The Canadian Cancer Society is a valuable organization that makes a difference in the lives of people.”

    In 2005, the lodge was rededicated and named the “Jean C. Barber Lodge” in recognition of the Barbers’ generosity.  Mrs. Barber remarked that “This gift from Ike and me will have lasting impact and will ensure the lodge will be there for everyone who comes to Vancouver for cancer treatment today, and far into the future.”

  • Larry Blain & Linda Nutter, Ambassador for Hope (LIfetime Gifts of $100,000 +)

    Larry Blain and Linda Nutter wanted to make a difference in the fight against cancer, while retaining their belief in the worth of alternative and complementary therapies for cancer patients at the Jean C. Barber Lodge. While serving as CEO of Partnerships BC, Larry found time to join the Society’s Campaign for Living as co-chair of the Leadership Group division in 2002.

    Linda and Larry knew that the Canadian Cancer Society’s support programs helped cancer patients cope with the psychological and emotional challenges that come with a cancer diagnosis. When Linda learned that the Lodge was to undergo renovations, she had the idea of creating a sanctuary within the facility. Patients could use the sanctuary as a quiet place for contemplation and retreat there to reflect on the cancer journey.

    Linda worked with the Society to make her idea become a reality. The sanctuary, named the Blain-Nutter Listening Room embodies the power of a gift that can help people cope with cancer. Linda and Larry are thrilled that they have created a place where people who face cancer can find serenity and inner strength.

  • Barbara Gillanders, Leaders for Hope (Lifetime Gifts of $10,000+)

    Barbara Gillanders is a dedicated volunteer, community advocate, fundraiser and Leaders for Hope donor to the Canadian Cancer Society, BC & Yukon. Barbara first became involved with the Society after her mother decided to leave a bequest in 2000 in memory of her brother who did not survive cancer. Her mother’s legacy led Barbara to visit the Society’s office in Vancouver.  In touring the Jean C. Barber Lodge for cancer patients, Barbara saw how her mother’s bequest directly helped people with cancer. She learned about the Society’s vitally important role as Canada’s largest charitable funder of lifesaving cancer research.

    Barbara was inspired to join the Board as a fundraising leader for the Campaign for Living. Not only did she commit time, she also made a generous contribution herself. She is proud that that funds raised in the Campaign have gone to a variety of prevention, research and support programs including money for clinical trials, the Jean C. Barber Lodge and Camp Goodtimes for kids.

    For more information please contact

    Karen Koch
    Leadership Philanthropy
    Phone: 604-675-7322
    Toll-Free: 1-800-663-2524 (ext. 7322)
    Email: kkoch@bc.cancer.ca

For more information about leadership philanthropy with the Canadian Cancer Society, British Columbia/Yukon Division, please contact Karen Koch, Philanthropy Officer at 604-675-7322, toll free at 1-800-663-2524, or via email at kkoch@bc.cancer.ca.

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