The 2018 Life Without Limits Gala
This year, our Life Without Limits Gala is all about learning without limits.
Many have experienced being a student at some point but couple that with living with a disability and the weight of responsibility can become tremendous. Cerebral palsy is the world’s most common childhood disability and with rising prevalence, aspiring students in BC will need support to reach their goals in education.
That’s why we’re focusing on giving students with cerebral palsy a better chance at a successful post-secondary career this year. By attending our event, you’ll be able to help us do just that.
Proceeds of the Life Without Limits Gala will raise critical funds for our programs and services, including the Tanabe Bursary. This financial assistance program helps students with cerebral palsy attend a post-secondary institution of their choice by significantly cutting down their tuition costs.
You can expect:
- Presentations from leaders in the disability community and our generous sponsors
- Live entertainment
- Sit down dinner
- Silent Auction
- Live Auction
2018 also marks a new home for the gala! Here are the event details:
|Location||Sheraton Wall Centre - Pavilion Ballroom
1088 Burrard St, Vancouver, BC V6Z 2R9
|Date||15 March, 2018|
|Time||5:15 PM - 9:00 PM|
Our Special Guests
- Geoff Hastings is a news anchor and occasional reporter for Global BC, hailing from Alberta and has worked in the Okanagan. If he weren’t working in news, we would be a scientist – his thirst for discovery and trying new things is his favourite part of the job. Geoff will be bringing his onscreen charisma to the Gala as our emcee for the night!
- Cindy Frostad is a member of The Family Support Institute, and a Resource Parent supporting families in her area who are raising children needing extra support in education and daily living. A mother to an individual with cerebral palsy, Cindy is an independent educator and consultant working collaboratively toward system change with people in education, health, and social development, often bringing all sectors together to work on the same goals. She sees the crucial importance of special needs education because “knowledge is empowering… we need to set up an environment where every individual can achieve potential. They need to be able to explore, follow passions, and [we need to] support them in doing that.” We are lucky to have her as part of our Gala speakers panel!
- Nathan Bragg is an undergraduate at Carleton University, studying a double major in journalism and communications studies. A four-time Tanabe Bursary recipient, the financial assistance with his degree has allowed him to learn without limits and be a successful participant in the Carleton community. He also has significant experience as a programming coordinator for his university’s Disability Awareness Centre, working on increasing disability and accessibility awareness on campus and providing peer support and mentorship. Nathan also plays wheelchair rugby for the Ottawa Stingers! We are excited to welcome him as a Gala speaker for the night!
- Marco Dixon is a 2017 Tanabe Bursary recipient and a man of many talents. His interests range across film, art, illustration, and design, and he is currently at Capilano University, aiming for the Bachelor of Illustration and Design program. Marco started his own business at the age of three, selling his artwork on clothing down at the beach! In more recent times, he set up his own production company, Naked Lenny Media, which he say has been instrumental in gaining exposure for his art and achieve ultimate results. We are pleased to welcome him in our Gala speakers lineup!
David C. Jones
- David C. Jones is a producer, director, writer, actor, and editor. A man with many hats, his passion for a multitude of issues is what makes his award-winning work compelling and full of social commentary. He strives for diversity and inclusion in his films, and represented Vancouver as an ambassador for BC Culture Days. His motivations for being a part of our dedicated cause? “I help out because if I can’t give a lot of money and can give my time (and try to convince others to give money!) … I think one way of letting people know that they are not alone in their struggles is my showing up and letting them see how many people actually care.” We’re excited to welcome back David’s enthusiasm as our Gala auctioneer for the third year running!
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The History of the Gala
The Annual Life Without Limits Gala 2017
The 2017 Life Without Limits Gala was held on Thursday, March 2nd, 2017 and what a night it was. Our theme, Play Without Limits was truly in effect — we celebrated and we inspired. Thanks to all of your efforts, we took steps towards improving the disability community in British Columbia
A major highlight of the evening was our live screening of the Play Without Limits short film, showcasing the journey we had with the Darvish family. The funds raised from our 2016 Life Without Limits Gala helped the CPABC to donate a new adapted tricycle to Hassan and Marjaneh Darvish for their daughter Eleeka. Eleeka’s experience is the embodiment of our theme, Play Without Limits.
Our event raised over $45,000.00!
The Life Without Limits Gala 2016
Read more about our 2016 Life Without Limits Gala here.
The Life Without Limits Gala 2014
Read more about our 2014 Life Without Limits Gala here.