An evening in support of Project Change Foundation

Living your best life: Ideas for unleashing your true potential

“There is no passion to be found in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.” – Nelson Mandela

Every one of us has the potential to achieve something amazing. But what does it take to unlock that potential? And what might be possible if we did?

On November 22, four world-class thought leaders and doers will come together to explore those questions in depth. Join theologian Rabbi Dr. Laura Duhan Kaplan, author and entrepreneur Claire Booth, UBC psychology professor Dr. Elizabeth Dunn, and mountaineer and meditation advocate Sam Wyatt for an engaging and entertaining discussion about what it truly means to live our best lives — and how we can get there.

Weaving together theory and practice, these experts will share powerful lessons learned through their personal journeys, as well as professional insights, to help you unearth and unleash your true potential — and make meaningful contributions to the world around you.

In addition, Dr. Elizabeth Dunn will give a special presentation on Getting the Most out of Giving. Learn how giving back can produce profound benefits, for you and your community, and set you on a path to leading a truly fulfilling life.

After the discussion, join the panelists, members of Project Change Foundation, past and present PCF grant recipients, and other guests in the Wong-Trainor Welcome Centre for a reception, with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live music featuring the jazz ensemble Van Django Trio, and a silent auction with amazing items!

Event Details

Thursday, November 22nd
6:30pm – 9:30pm
Robert H. Lee Alumni Centre
6163 University Boulevard, UBC’s Point Grey campus, Vancouver

Tickets: $25 per person / $20 per student. Buy tickets here.

All money raised from this event will go to the Project Change Foundation to help support emerging change-makers who are working to make our community a better place. This year’s PCF grant recipient is Chilliwack Restorative Justice and Youth Advocacy Association. Previous recipients: The Lipstick Project, Community First Foundation, and Binners’ Project.

Panelist Biographies

Claire Booth is an author, entrepreneur, market researcher, and professor. Claire is the founder and CEO of Lux Insights, a research agency in Vancouver and Seattle. She’s an adjunct professor at UBC Sauder School of Business, has been recognized as a top-three finalist for business person of the year in North Vancouver, is a board director at The Cultch, and is a Big Sister. Her book The Achiever Fever Cure: How I Learned to Stop Striving Myself Crazy, will be published in January 2019.

Rabbi Laura Duhan-Kaplan is an award winning educator, philosopher and spiritual teacher. As Director of Inter-Religious Studies at the Vancouver School of Theology, she brings diverse people together to share their ideas about human fulfillment. For her work using philosophy, psychology, and spirituality to encourage student achievement, she was named U.S. Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation. Through writing and speaking, she helps her audiences translate exciting ideas into concrete personal actions.

Dr. Elizabeth Dunn is a psychology professor at UBC and conducts research examining how time, money, and technology shape happiness. She is the co-author of Happy Money: The Science of Happier Spending and has given talks at PopTech! and TEDx. Her work has appeared in top journals, with three papers published in Science, and she received a 2010 CIHR New Investigator Award as well as UBC’s Robert E. Knox Master Teacher Award.

Sam Wyatt is a Vancouver realtor, meditation advocate, and avid mountaineer. He has scaled big peaks around the world, including Denali (6,194m) in Alaska, Huascuran (6,768m) in Peru, Cho-Oyu (8,201m) in Tibet/Nepal, and Everest (8,850m) via its North Ridge. He’s also run the West Coast Trail in a single day on four occasions. As a part of his spiritual life, Sam leads a free weekly meditation group and has been teaching meditation for more than 20 years.

Panel Discussion Moderator

Cam Sylvester is the North American regional director for Lattitude Global Volunteering, the original Gap Year program, which has been taking young people on meaningful international volunteer experiences since 1972. Previously, he taught and developed programs at Capilano University for 30 years, where he was recognized with the Alumni Award for Excellence in Empowered Learning. He has also worked as a freelance writer and a commentator on CBC Television.

Searching for our 2019 recipient of support

Do you know any start-up charities in Canada doing amazing work to create positive change? Please let them know about the opportunity to work with us in 2019!

The Project Change Foundation is on the lookout for our 2019 recipient of support. Founded in 2015, the Foundation invests time, money, and talent to help kick-start early-stage charities in Canada with significant potential for creating social or environmental change. The Foundation focuses on supporting emerging charities who think big, connect with community, engage and inspire, make a difference, and respect the planet.

The Foundation will provide an investment of $2,000, as well as free advisory support and mentorship, to help the recipient organization to achieve its goals. Drawing on the expertise of our board and our network of talented volunteers, we assist our grant recipients with strategic tasks such as fundraising, governance, human resources, marketing, communications, etc. Here’s what our past recipients had to say about working with us:

  • “Working with the Project Change Foundation was an all-around fantastic experience. The diverse skill-set of their Board gave us the ability to involve them in a variety of different projects. With their help, we were able to improve our organizational capacity and implement new practices to ultimately make us more efficient.”
    – Natasha Thom, Director of Operations, The Lipstick Project Foundation (2016 recipient of support)
  • “Project Change Foundation truly walks the walk. The financial support is always appreciated for small charities like ours, but above and beyond this, the support we received from the Board is what sets the foundation apart from other granting institutions. We are so grateful to have been a recipient.”
    – Emily-anne King, Vice President, Community First Foundation (2017 recipient of support)

Apply for Support

We are currently accepting expressions of interest for 2019. For consideration, organizations should submit an expression of interest no later than June 30, 2018. Please note, as a public foundation, we can only support qualified donees (e.g., other Canadian registered charities).

Support our Work

We invite you to support our work by making a donation to the Project Change Foundation. The Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors, and is operated with almost no overhead. This means your donation will be invested directly in the organizations we support. As well, when you make a donation, you will receive an official tax receipt that is accepted by the Canada Revenue Agency.

To make a donation, please click here. Thank you for partnering with us to create positive change in our communities!

Introducing our 2018 recipient of support

In 2015, we started the Project Change Foundation with a simple mission: to help make the world a better place by supporting and empowering people who are creating positive change. In the last two years, the Foundation has given small grants and other support to emerging change-makers in our community. Previous recipients include The Lipstick Project and Community First Foundation.

At our gala event on November 21st, we introduced the Foundation’s 2018 recipient of support, Binners’ Project. Based in Vancouver, Binners’ Project is dedicated to improving the economic opportunities and reducing the stigma faced by informal recyclers salvaging usable materials from refuse bins. They truly embody our mission of making the world a better place by creating positive social change.

Binners’ Project offers waste education and sorting at events year-round (Photo by Robin Weidner)


The Project Change Foundation is a public foundation and registered charity that invests time and money in emerging Canadian change-makers. The Foundation acts as a catalyst, providing financial and free advisory support to help kick-start early-stage organizations with significant potential for creating social or environmental change in our communities. The Foundation is run by a volunteer board of directors, and is operated with almost no overhead. This means its funds are invested directly in the organizations we support.

If you would like to be added to the Project Change Foundation Talent Bank, from which we draw expert volunteers for our grant recipients to aid them with strategic tasks such as fundraising, accounting, governance, human resources, marketing, etc., please send me an email directly with some information about your skills on which we can draw. And please connect with me if you have ideas for how we can support the work of other change-makers and emerging leaders in our communities.