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"Who Keeps Chucking our Kids in the River?"

February 12, 2015
“Who Keeps Chucking our Kids in the River?” First Call Fundraising Gala with Dr. Ryan Meili, Thursday February 12th

First Call is thrilled to announce that Dr. Ryan Meili, founding director of Upstream: Institute for A Healthy Society, will join us as the keynote speaker at our annual fundraising dinner gala.

Dr. Meili, who has just been named to the Government of Saskatchewan’s Advisory Group on Poverty Reduction, will be sharing his insights about looking “upstream” to ensure healthy outcomes for BC’s children and youth. For too long, we have been suffering from “downstream thinking,” that is, responding to immediate problems rather than seeking long-term solutions. Upstream and First Call share a belief in the importance of preventing ill health by addressing the root causes that undermine child and family well-being. You can learn more about our shared vision (and figure out what the title of Ryan’s talk means!) by watching this great little video prepared by Upstream.

Event Details:
Date/Time: Thursday February 12th, 5:30pm - 9pm (Doors open, dinner served and silent auction begins at 5:30pm, program begins at 7:15pm)

Location: Fraserview Hall, 8240 Fraser St @ Marine Drive, Vancouver, Coast Salish Territories

Tickets: $60 or $30 for seniors, student, youth and fixed income. Tickets include a delicious Indian buffet dinner. There will also be a silent auction full of amazing gifts, services, tickets to arts events, getaways and more, and a raffle for exciting prizes!

Buy tickets online:

To purchase a reserved group table of 8 for $480 please call Julie at 604-709-6970, or email

To find out about the benefits of sponsoring the dinner, please contact Sarena at 604-709-6962 or email

A bit more about Ryan: Ryan Meili is a family doctor in Saskatoon and an assistant professor at the College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan. His 2012 book: A Healthy Society: How a focus on health can revive Canadian democracy has sold over four thousand copies across Canada. Ryan also serves as vice-chair of the national advocacy organization Canadian Doctors for Medicare, is a Broadbent Institute Fellow and an Evidence Network Expert. He lives in Saskatoon with his wife Mahli Brindamour-Meili, who practices as a paediatrician, and his son Abraham, who is learning to pun.

You can learn more about Upstream at
Thanks for your time,


Sarena Talbot
Administrative and Communications Coordinator
First Call: BC Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition
#810-815 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver, BC, V6C 1B4




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