Jane Hungerford

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Jane Hungerford, BEd’67

Blythe Eagles Volunteer Leadership Award

Jane Hungerford’s record of volunteer service and community leadership sets a gold standard for civic duty. Over the past 40 years, she has focused her efforts on education, conservation, healthcare and social services, raising millions of dollars for crucial research and services.

Jane began her lengthy community-service career in 1971 when she joined the Junior League of Vancouver, which gave her a valuable grounding in effective fundraising and governance. She has since lent her time and influence in support of a wealth of causes.

One of the beneficiaries of her efforts is The Salvation Army. Jane initiated the organization’s Hope in the City lunches that are held annually, most recently to raise money to fight human trafficking. On the conservation front, she is involved in the work of the Pacific Salmon Foundation – especially its auction dinners, which started 20 years ago and are now held province-wide raising millions for local community-focused salmon conservation projects.

With a degree in education from UBC, Jane supports quality learning opportunities; she was a founding member of the board that established Science World and was central to fundraising efforts that secured more than $20M for this popular Vancouver landmark. Jane has also volunteered at UBC. As elected chair of the UBC Alumni Association, she led efforts to restructure and redefine the role of alumni in university affairs. As co-chair of the UBC Rowing Boathouse fundraising committee, she helped raise $10 million for the UBC rowing program, building a world-class boathouse facility in Richmond. She also serves on the advisory board for the Business Families Centre at the Sauder School of Business. Jane’s most recent commitment is to serve on the board of the Canada Sports Hall of Fame, which recently established its new home in Calgary.

Jane’s most notable achievement is the mark she has left on the BC Cancer Foundation. She was a board member for 15 years and served as chair for five. During her leadership tenure she oversaw Canada’s then largest health care campaign that raised more than $135(M). A new BC Cancer Research Centre was built, the Michael Smith Genome Science Centre was created and a new Vancouver Island Cancer Centre in Victoria was constructed. She also established the annual Inspiration Gala, raising both awareness and research funding for a specific cancer each year. In just four years, the galas have raised $9M. Jane also served on the BC Cancer Agency board for 10 years. To this day, she remains a passionate philanthropist and ardent supporter of campaigns to beat cancer.


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