Mission and Vision

From rescue to recovery, fire fighters have answered the call to support burn survivors across BC and the Yukon since 1978. The Burn Fund is dedicated to assisting burn survivors throughout their recovery every step of the way. 

Vision: Every burn survivor in BC and the Yukon is empowered to thrive. 

Mission: Transforming the lives of burn survivors through meaningful connections, supportive programs, and enhanced care. 

  • Empowering survivors through programs and retreats.
  • Offering accommodations to burn survivors and their families.  
  • Enhancing medical care at BC’s trauma hospitals. 
  • Filling the gap with vital resources and treatment.

Burn Fund History

The Burn Fund was founded by a dedicated group of fire fighters who wanted to help burn survivors beyond the emergency call.


    Burn Fund is Founded

    The Burn Fund is founded by Coquitlam fire fighter Captain Alex Blake and VGH Doctor  Charles Snelling.


    Burn Camp

    The first-ever summer camp for young burn survivors takes place in Squamish.


    $1 Million to VGH

    The Burn Fund commits $1 million to establish a new burn unit.


    Bright Nights

    The first Bright Nights in Stanley Park welcomes the public.


    Hometown Heroes

    The lottery is created in partnership with VGH to raise much-needed funds.


    New Survivor Program

    A new program is created to connect adult burn survivors and support healing. 


    Too Hot For Tots

    The program aims to educate caregivers about burn prevention in toddlers.


    Burn Fund Centre

    The Home Away Program welcomes its first guests to the Centre in May. 


    Thrive Retreat

    The first Thrive retreat welcomes 10 young adult burn survivors to Big White. 


    Little Lionhearts

    The first family retreat welcomes 6 families to Squamish for a weekend of healing. 


    BC Children’s Hospital

    The Burn Fund commits $1 million to transform child-centred burn care.

Meet Our Team

United by mission

The Burn Fund is a powerful collective united by the same mission. From our staff team to the dedicated Board of Directors and volunteers across the Province. Together, we are united in supporting burn survivors through their healing journey and beyond.

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Fire Fighters

The Burn Fund was established in 1978 as the charitable extension of the BC Professional Fire Fighters’ Association. Today, more than 4,300 professional fire fighters in 55 communities in BC and the Yukon dedicate their time and skills to the Burn Fund:

  • Serve as Burn Fund Reps, board and committee members. 
  • Volunteer as Camp Counsellor at camps and retreats.
  • Host their own Local fundraisers for the Burn Fund. 
  • Promote prevention through seasonal campaigns.
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