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PostedSeptember 21, 2022
One in every two Canadians will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, a diagnosis which often affects not only the emotional well-being of patients but also their families and caregivers.
In this episode of Philanthropy Focus, host Victoria Emslie is joined by Dr. Alan Bates, Provincial Practice Leader for Psychiatry at BC Cancer, and Sarah Roth, President and CEO of the BC Cancer Foundation, who share how BC Cancer and their team of psychiatrists are helping those living with or affected by cancer cope with the physical, practical, emotional and psychological aspects of their care.
Alan Bates, MD, PhD, FRCPC, finished a PhD focused on neuroimaging at the University of Nottingham before completing his MD and Psychiatry residency at the University of British Columbia. He then completed a fellowship in Psychosomatic Medicine and Psycho-oncology at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre. Dr. Bates has published peer-reviewed articles on topics ranging from brain imaging to palliative care and has a special interest in physical fitness and teamwork as interventions for psychiatric illness. He received the 2018 Canadian Psychiatric Association Early Career Achievement in Psychiatry Award and his volunteer work has been recognized through a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal and participation in the Vancouver 2010 Olympic Torch Relay. He is the Provincial Practice Leader for Psychiatry at BC Cancer and President of the British Columbia Psychiatric Association.
Sarah is the President and Chief Executive Officer of the B.C. Cancer Foundation. Born and raised in New Jersey, Sarah holds a bachelors and master degrees in history and French from Washington University in St Louis and a Masters of Business Administration from Northeastern University in Boston.
Sarah has an impressive 26 year career as a fundraising professional. In her present role, Sarah has elevated the BC Cancer Foundation’s revenue to record heights in all lines of business during her over six year term. To achieve such success, she has implemented a donor-centric strategy across the organization and championed a brand revitalization that saw the Foundation and its partner BC Cancer align toward a culture of one that embraces the opportunity for the community to give back and drive progress in cancer research and care across the province.
Throughout her career, Sarah has brought exceptional results in leading teams through large-scale fundraising campaigns in both the United States and Canada. She previously worked for Boston Children’s Hospital and New York-Presbyterian Hospital where she was a part of two multi-billion dollar campaigns. Before arriving at the BC Cancer Foundation, she spent eight years as the Assistant Dean of Development and Alumni Relations in the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, where she launched and completed a $437.6 million campaign, which included the Faculty’s largest ever donation, as part of UBC’s start an evolution campaign.
Sarah is also Vice Chair of KidSafe’s Board of Directors, a nonprofit organization providing meals and programming for school aged children in our community.
Victoria Emslie is Senior Manager, Corporate Relations at Nicola Wealth. As a primary link between Nicola Wealth and our communities, Victoria cultivates a comprehensive approach to the advancement of the firm’s priorities and promotes Nicola Wealth’s reputation as a trusted wealth counsel firm and top employer.
View her full bio here: Nicolawealth.com/our-team/victoria-emslie/