Whiskey Wisemen Event: Building Vancouver’s Future

As the Whiskey Wisemen’s 2019-2020 Charity of Choice KidzFirst Canada is excited to be presenting at this event. We will also have a table set up to meet you, chat about our plans, and accept donations. For more about the event and buy tickets read on below.


Our evening will at every stage beg the question of “what are you doing to better the community we live in?”

Building Vancouver’s Future was inspired by the celebration of another successful year as an organization as well as the desire to partner with companies across the city that have the same mandate: to improve our community, collaboratively.

This event will to bring together community and business leaders who have continued to drive successful growth in the Vancouver area. We are proud to be working with a range of industries, company sizes, and both the private and public sector.

It wouldn’t be a Whisky Wisemen event without including one of the finest of them all! Welcome back Gez McAlpine, Bruichladdich Ambassador of Western Canada.

For further information, check out the WEBSITE.










9:00PM – 11:00PM RECEPTION

Included in your ticket:

  • Speaker Series
  • Welcome cocktail
  • 4 part whisky tasting
  • Small snacks
  • Sponsor activation

Speaker Line up

  • Jeff Mallet – First President Yahoo!, Owner, Whitecaps, Owner, San Francisco Giants MLB
  • Genesa Greening – CEO BC Women’s Foundation
  • Mark Pannes – Founding Director, HSBC Private Bank’s Global Sports Group, CMO, the New York Knicks, CEO Vancouver Whitecaps Football Club
  • Host – Jason Pires, Co-Anchor CTV Morning Live
  • Gez McAlpine – Whisky Presenter


We will set up an exhibition hall with 10 of Vancouver leading companies in various categories such as sports, culture, and technology. Guests will be given multiple opportunities to engage with these booths.


With VIP access and personal invitations, we will host a private reception with keynote speakers, business leaders, and guests. In past years we have hosted at the Vancouver Club, we would explore venues that best suit our theme and attendees.


Taking place at the venue, we will host an after party inviting guests, sponsors, and partners to attend.


We will have 1 keynote speech alongside a fireside chat, and a panel discussion. We will feature prominent public figures whose talks will contribute to the “building of Vancouver’s Future”.


Upcoming event: Vancouver Whitecaps Outing

Vancovuer Whitecaps LogoThanks to the generosity of Vancouver Whitecaps we are looking forward to taking some lucky kids to the final game of the year at BC Place.

A Vancouver Canucks suite expereince for some lucky kids

Thanks to the generousity of the Vancouver Canucks we were able to take the some lucky kids to a Vancouver Canucks’ game in one of the great suites at Rogers Arena.

A Night Out at the Vancouver Canucks

Vancouver Canucks Logo

Thanks to our partnership with the Vancouver Canucks four Board Members spent the evening with 14 young people and their parents watching the Canucks beat the Flames in overtime. For many of the young folks it was their first time at a game with their parent(s), and hopefully the excitement and the game inspired them to positive action in their own communities.

Hi friends! My name is Nikki and first off I just wanted to say thank you so much to everyone at KidzFirst, especially Heather and Mark! My family and I’s experience at our first Canucks game was honestly the coolest thing ever haha! We would always watch hockey games on TV and I can honestly say seeing it live was a whole other experience! When we first got to the arena we were all super excited and getting to meet Heather, Mark, and all the others was just the cherry on top. Meeting you all, taking photos and just laughing together was one of the best moments of that night. My family getting to bond with one another at the game was also another moment that was unforgettable, especially all of us getting to do the wave haha!! Knowing that our family got to watch a game because of what you guys do, I can’t express how thankful we are. Thank you guys so much again for this memorable experience, this is definitely one for the books!! Much love to you all, and keep doing what you’re doing!

Love, the Moungkhounesy family

Kidz at Heart

2017 Kidz at Heart Gala Celebration

presented by KidzFirst Canada and Klein Group

media sponsor JoyTV

Join KidzFirst Canada for our Kidz at Heart Gala Fundraiser at the spectacular 24th floor of the brand new Telus Garden Building in Downtown Vancouver. Enjoy wine and whiskey tastings, and delicious hor d’oeuvres from The Butler Did It Catering Co. Enjoy entertainment from local musicians, live and silent auctions, and more. The event will be MC’ed by Carmen Ruiz y Laza of CarmenTV on Joytv.

 Check out these auction items:

  • Hotel packages from Opus, Pacific Rim & Pinnacle Harbourfront
  • Restaurant packages from Hawksworth, Nightingale, Parlour, Oakwood, Chewies, Joe Fortes, Bao Down, & Cactus Club
  • Wellness packages that include Pure Float spa, Revive massage, Life Coaching, Rain Hair Salon & Nutrionist package
  • Vancouver Canucks tickets
  • Signed framed pics from:  The Last Tragically Hip Show, Trevor Linden’s last game,  Wayne Gretzky, Connor McDavid, and Bo Horvat jerseys
  • Tickets for the VSO, the Ballet, Smarty Pantz escape room, and Arts Club theatre
  • Pizza Oven, coffee maker, deep fryer, & slow cooker
  • Women’s hand-crafted boutique necklace, Prada & Rebecca Minkoff Black leather backpack

 Thank you to our generous sponsors

klein group
Joytv Logo
The Butler Did It Catering Co
VPG Realty
Century 21 In Town Logo
Air Canada

Fort McMurray Fire Fundraiser

Fort McMurray Fire Fundraiser in Vancouver

KidzFirst Canada Board member Jeremy Irla, who is from Fort McMurray, and his partner Nils Johan Hognestad , are organizing this Fort McMurray Fire Fundraiser with the specific goal of raising money to help youth sports organizations that have lost equipment, supplies, and uniforms to the fire that has destroyed so much.

Jeremy has just returned from making sure his family & friends are doing okay. KidzFirst Canada will be making a donation of $1000 to support the young people of the Fort Mac fires to empower them, and help them fulfill their sporting goals. I hope you will consider making a donation at or attend the event. The KidzFirst Canada Board would appreciate it.

Fort McMurray fundraiser Event Details:

May 17, 2016, 7pm
XY – 1216 Bute St, Vancouver, BC, V6E 1Z8
Tickets are by donation at the door

The Give It Up For Kidz Challenge

Every day there are young people that go without an opportunity to experience, succeed, taste or reach their goals of empowerment. Everyday young people all over Canada face unimaginable challenges, are bullied, told they can’t, or make sacrifices.
From February 15th-29th KidzFirst Canada Board Members are going to experience a small fraction of what it means for vulnerable youth to go with out, and face tough situations.  For a two week period the KidzFirst Canada Board Members have chosen specific challenges that they will either give up something routine & important in their lives and/or do something that they have not done before that is out of their comfort zone.
Give it for Kidz Challenge Board Members
This is a small token of understanding and sacrifice that can’t measure up to the day to day  challenges vulnerable youth endure , but we are hoping you will join the KidzFirst Canada “Give it Up 4 Kidz! Challenge” by donating online, or on behalf of a Board Member by clicking here.
Money raised will go to supporting existing and new after-school and vulnerable youth initiatives all over Canada!

We Canadian Girls Rock Celebrates International Womens Day
Please join Lesley Morris and Gayle Morris for a fun filled afternoon celebrating International Womens Day, with guest speakers Sue Hector from Suethefashionista.com and Mandy Bassi from World Financial Group.

Sue will be talking fashion trends that “fit” all bodies type and timeless classic pieces that are a must have in all our closets.

Mandy will be sharing uplifting information on how to invest financially in yourself, build your portfolio and gift yourself a little nest egg.

We Canadian Girls Rock represents the newlest line of premuim skin care products from Rodan and Fields to enter the Canadian market and are very excited to share them with you.

We will have a live demonstration of some products, door prizes, gift give aways and yummy treats to make your day special.

We do ask for a contribution of $10.00 per person toward the yummy treats to which $3.00 will be donated to KidzFirst Canada as well as 10% of all Rodan and Fields sales on March 13th.

Please RSVP no later than March 6th, 2016.

Lesley and Gayle – WCGRhttp://evite.me/ZuPp2pHPSU

1st Annual KidzFirst Canada “Give It Up 4 Kidz!” Celebration

We can’t celebrate without you. Join us now!

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KidzFirst Canada Vancouver Grey Cup Fundraiser!

Ceili’s Irish Pub Kitsilano hosts KidzFirst Canada youth charity fundraising event.

  • $25 gets you a seat watching the 102nd Grey Cup at Ceili’s Irish Pub & Restaurant, plus…

  • Famous Beef on a Bun and Red Truck lager.

  • Supporting vulnerable youth in Vancouver.

  • Opportunity to win great door prizes.

  • BC Lions alumni in attendence pre- and post-game.

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Fundraising Event

On July 13th, Ceilis Irish Pub & Restaurant hosted the first ever KidzFirst Canada fundraising and awareness event around the 2014 FIFA World Cup. Close to 100 people came out to attend the event and help raise over $3000. Guests enjoyed a great soccer game, silent auction items and a burger and beer supplied by Ceili’s.

The event was also accented with an appearnace by the Vancouver Canucks Green men, taking photos and selling 50/50 tickets. Added to thanks to Kehli (KidzFirst Canada Ambassador) & Brooke(Board member) for selling 50/50 tickets!

Special thanks to the KidzFirst Canada board members, and all those who contributed to the donation of auction items:

  • Huge thank you to Grant Sanderson & all of the Ceili’s team for hosting us and making the event possible! Thanks to Ryan & Adam for bringing their alter ego to the event.

  • Corbys Spirit & Wine Limited
  • Labatts Brewery
  • Diageo Brands
  • Bacardi
  • Thomas Hobbs Florists
  • Rain Hair Salon (Granville Island)
  • Ceili’s Irish Pub
  • Red Truck Brewing
  • Black 2 Blond
  • Ryan & Adam (Canucks Green Men)
  • Jackson Triggs
  • Modern Malt & Spirits
  • Premier Brands
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