Aunt Leah’s Place 2019 Birthday Party Gala


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About the Birthday Party Gala

In 2019, approximately 1000 foster children will reach their 19th Birthday and will age out of Government care.  For most of these young people there will be no celebration, no gifts and no on-going support.  The journey ahead will be challenging and lonely. Last year 245 of these young people came through the doors of Aunt Leah’s Place.

The Aunt Leah’s Birthday Party Gala is a symbolic event that points to social justice.  A gathering that reminds us of what parents do for their children on their birthdays and when they approach adulthood.

Gifts raised at this year’s event will provide housing, support and personal kindness to this group of vulnerable young British Columbians to help carry them into their young adult years.


Meet our Speakers

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Lori Culbert

Lori Culbert has been a journalist for 25 years, and has spent the last 20 at the Vancouver Sun. She has written extensively on supportive housing, youth mental health and policies overseen by the Ministry for Children and Families, including the foster care system. In 2015, she partnered with Tracy Sherlock, a friend and former colleague, to write a week-long series on youth aging out of care. The series, “From Care to Where?”, was nominated for the Governor General’s Michener award, which recognizes journalism that has helped the public

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Katie Hyslop

Journalist Katie Hyslop has spent her decade-plus career applying a social justice lens to the education, youth and housing issues she covers.

Born and (mostly) raised in St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador, Hyslop went west in 2008 to complete a masters of journalism at the University of British Columbia, and hasn’t looked back since.

With The Tyee since 2010, Hyslop has written extensively on B.C. education, foster care, Indigenous issues, housing and poverty. She’s appeared on CBC Radio, CKNW, News 1130, Global BC, Fairchild TV and Roundhouse Radio, and has been published in Megaphone Magazine, Vancouver Sun, Yes! Magazine, and

Katie will be speaking to her work around the connections between the child welfare system and the residential schools and the 60’s scoop.

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Brielle Morgan

Brielle Morgan is a freelance journalist and manager of the collaborative journalism project Spotlight: Child Welfare, which aims to deepen child-welfare reporting by working with community. Over the past few years, she reported on the child-welfare system for The Discourse — she spent over a month in court covering the case of an Indigenous mom who was fighting to get her four daughters out of care. In addition to reporting, Brielle launched a journalism fellowship for youth with lived experience. She’s organized and facilitated workshops for folks interested in working together to improve child-welfare reporting: journalists, youth, parents and service providers. She has a Masters in Journalism from Carleton University and a certificate in Social Innovation from Simon Fraser University

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Tracy Sherlock

Tracy Sherlock is a freelance writer and journalism instructor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She worked for the Vancouver Sun for 10 years, covering general news, education, books and business. She has written extensively about the child welfare system and more specifically, aging out of care.

A series of stories she co-wrote in 2014 about aging out of care won a Jack Webster Award and a commendation for the Michener Award. She is on the board of directors for Aunt Leah’s Place. Tracy will be speaking to her work around the Child Welfare system and Education.

When: Thursday, October 24th, 2019 from 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Where: The Italian Cultural Centre, 3075 Slocan Street, Vancouver, BC V5M 3E4

Individual Tickets: $150
Table of 10: $1,300
For more information, please contact Dumi Owane at or (604)525-1204 ext. 251.

Reserve your Seat or Table

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you accommodate my dietary restrictions?

Yes. Please contact Dumi Owane and let her know what your needs are.


Phone: 604 525 1204 ext. 251

What is the dress code for the event?

Please be in a semi-formal attire.

Is there parking on-site?

Yes. There is ample parking available.

Is it transit accessible?

Yes. It is a 6 minute walk from Renfrew Skytrain Station. Feel free to use Translink Planner to plan your route.

Will I get a tax receipt?

Yes. A Charitable Receipt will be given for a portion of each ticket purchased and will be issued after the event. Charitable Tax receipts will also be issued for donations made at the event.