Kelowna - 2020
Kelowna's first Breakfast to Remember, presented by Valley Mitsubishi, will be held at the Coast Capri Hotel on Tuesday, March 10, 2020.
The event is opportunity for business, health-care and community leaders to take a leading role in changing the experience of people affected by dementia, as well as the future of the disease, by funding the Alzheimer Society of B.C.'s education, support services and research.
Breakfast to Remember, presented by Valley Mitsubishi, allows guests to make a difference in the lives of people affected by dementia and network with other community leaders before the work day begins.
In 2020, hear from keynote speaker, soccer legend Bob Lenarduzzi and guest speaker, Craig Burns, an advocate for people living with dementia. Also, we are thrilled to have Phil Johnson, morning show host at AM 1150, as our emcee.
Bob Lenarduzzi, Club Liaison, Vancouver Whitecaps FC
Bob Lenarduzzi has been involved with Whitecaps FC for over four decades, excelling as a player, coach, general manager, director of soccer operations, president and now club liaison.
As a player on his hometown Whitecaps FC (1974 to 1984), Lenarduzzi was the all-time North American Soccer League (NASL) leader in games played with 312. He was a key member of Vancouver’s NASL championship team in 1979 and went on to become the only Canadian winner of the NASL Player of the Year award. Internationally, Lenarduzzi represented Canada 47 times as a player, and helped the nation qualify for the 1984 Olympic Games in Los Angeles and the 1986 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. He was also named among CONCACAF’s top 30 players of the past century.
As a player and coach, Lenarduzzi won four straight Canadian Soccer League (CSL) championships and was named the CSL Coach of the Year twice. He went on to coach the Canadian men’s national team from 1992 to 1997. Lenarduzzi served as the general manager and director of soccer operations of Vancouver 86ers and Whitecaps FC from 1988 to 1993, and 1998 to 2007. In 2000, he received the United Soccer Leagues (USL) First Division Executive of the Year award and was a member of the FIFA U-20 World Cup Canada 2007 Steering Committee.
Lenarduzzi has been inducted into the North American Soccer Hall of Fame, the Canadian Soccer Hall of Fame, the British Columbia Sports Hall of Fame and the United Soccer Leagues Hall of Fame. In 2005, he received the Order of British Columbia — the highest form of recognition the province extends to its citizens—for his contribution to the sport of soccer.
Craig Burns, advocate for people living with dementia
Craig Burns combines personal experience with dementia with an extensive management career in the charity and non-profit sector through his work with the YMCA, Kelowna Christian School, Okanagan University College, the University of British Columbia and Canadian Red Cross. He is experienced in governance policy development, fiscal management, operations management, resource development, marketing and volunteer management.
Craig holds a bachelor’s degree in religious education and a master’s degree in intercultural studies from Ambrose University in Calgary. Craig concluded his working career as B.C. Provincial Client Services Manager for the Canadian Red Cross after he was diagnosed with dementia in 2016. Because of his previous personal experience as a caregiver for his mother who also lived with dementia, Craig was familiar with the resources available through the Alzheimer Society of B.C. He was inspired to volunteer as a member of the Society’s advisory B.C. Leadership Group for People Living with Dementia, was on the volunteer committee for the IG Wealth Management Walk for Alzheimer’s in Kelowna and was the event’s local honouree in 2019.
In addition to his work with the Alzheimer Society of B.C., Craig continues to be actively involved in the Kelowna community and in the past has served as a volunteer facilitator for the Central Okanagan United Way, a governing board member in his faith community and as Vice-Chair, Secretary and board member for the Kelowna Gospel Mission. He also acts as a volunteer patient for UBC Okanagan Southern Medical Program, Faculty of Medicine. Craig enjoys travel, keeping active and spending time with his five grandchildren.
Tailored event sponsorship opportunities are now available. For more information about sponsorship or the event, please contact Development Officer Magda Kapp at [email protected] or 250-860-0730.
We hope you can join us to help ensure the estimated 70,000 British Columbians living with dementia and their families are not alone.
Thank you to our 2020 Breakfast to Remember Kelowna event sponsors.