My Community – British Columbia

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Celebrate the CLF and learn about your Region!

The Canadian Liver Foundation British Columbia/Yukon Region needs your help bringing liver research to life through awareness campaigns, health fairs, education forums, and fundraisers. Whether you or a loved one have been impacted by liver disease, or simply because you have seen the growth of people living with liver disease in your community and are looking to make a difference, we need you to get involved!

We host many impactful events throughout the year and this is only possible with the continuous support of volunteers, as well as the generous support of our sponsors and donors. Our annual events in the BC Region include the LIVERight Health Forum, the STROLL For LIVER, and the LIVERight Gala. We are also very fortunate to have numerous third-party events organized by community groups throughout the year in support of our vision of a world free of liver disease.

In addition to hosting educational presentations throughout the community we also attend numerous education forums and health fairs throughout the year helping raise awareness of the impact of liver disease as well as the prevention and treatment of different types of liver diseases. If you are interested in having us present to a local community group, or a school or business please get in touch with us and we’d be happy to make it happen! We are also continuously on the lookout for volunteers who are interested in presenting to different community groups or attending local health fairs on behalf of the CLF to help us spread the word about liver health and the importance of liver research throughout BC.

Your Regional Office and Contacts

Suite 109 – 828 W 8th Avenue
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1E2
Tel: (604) 707-6430
Toll Free: 1 (800) 856-7266

Monica Chui
Director of Regional Business Development,
Western Canada
mchui@liver.ca

Haneen Albayati
Regional Coordinator,
BC/Yukon
halbyatai@liver.ca

Isha Sekhon
Fundraising/Administrative Coordinator,
BC/Yukon
isekhon@liver.ca

Community Highlight Corner:
LIVERight Gala

Stars were shining at our 2017 Vancouver LIVERight Gala — and it wasn’t just the entertainment. We honoured outstanding individuals from the philanthropic sector, medical professionals, as well as patients and volunteers  for their contributions to the CLF’s mission of bringing liver research to life. Last year’s Vancouver LIVERight Gala was sold out a sold out event. Thank you for all your support and we look forward to seeing you this year on Saturday November 24th at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver. To learn more about this exciting event please visit our Participate page.

All of our fundraising and educational events can be found on there too. You can support our efforts of bringing liver research to life by volunteering at any of our events. If you have any questions for us or would like to find out how to get involved, please feel free to give us a call or stop by our office (Monday-Friday 9:00am–5:00pm).

Health Promotion

Hep Beware blood drop logoLed by Dr. Francis Ho and Dr. Peter Kwan,The Hep Beware project is the first of its kind in Canada, and involves the cooperation of physicians, nurses, and volunteers who specifically focus on those living with chronic hepatitis B and may be unaware of their status. Advocacy for early diagnosis is a major component of this project. Earlier diagnoses of liver diseases can lead to earlier treatments and eventually, can save lives.

The Canadian Liver Foundation’s Hep Beware Project surpassed its goal of screening 2,000 individuals from the Chinese and Filipino community who were unaware of their hepatitis B status. Over the past 6 months, The Hep Beware project organized 30 screening weekend events. The hepatitis B tests were free of cost and took place at accessible public places (including community centers, churches, malls and schools). This project wouldn’t have been possible without the support of a dedicated team of over 100 people, including volunteers, CLF staff, physicians, nurses, community workers, lab technicians, researchers , reporters and columnists. Thank you all for your suppport!


Support Programs and Services

The LIVERight Health Forums. Free educational events for people who are living with liver disease, their family and care-givers; and those who are at-risk of liver disease; as well as students who wish to pursue a profession in the health care/medical field. For 2018 LIVERight Health Forum information please contact us at 1 (888) 856-7266.

The National Help Line. This help line gives you and your loved one somewhere to turn for answers after diagnosis, helps you understand your disease, and provides you with the resources you need.  You can call 1 (800) 563-5483 Monday to Friday from 6 AM to 2 PM PST.

The Peer Support Network. This program is a national network of people living with liver disease who have offered to share their experiences with others. It was developed by the Canadian Liver Foundation as a means to link Canadians who have been diagnosed with a liver disease, have a family member who has liver disease or care for someone who suffers from liver disease to talk about your concerns in a safe environment with a peer who has had a similar experience.

If you would like to be connected with a peer supporter in your area, or would like to join the peer support network, please call 1 (800) 563-5483 Monday to Friday from 6 AM to 2 PM PST or email Billie Potkonjak.