Buy-Low president among those honoured at Variety BC Red Heart Awards Celebration


On December 6th, Variety – the Children’s Charity hosted their 47th annual Red Heart Awards Celebration, recognizing individuals and organizations who have gone above and beyond in supporting Variety and Children with special needs.

The event, held at the Hilton Vancouver Metrotown, was emceed by Global BC on-air personality Sonia Deol.

In total, 19 recipients were honoured in twelve award categories, including the Barbara Stewart Heart Award for an outstanding individual who over the years has devoted his or her time to making a truly exceptional impact. This year’s honouree was Buy Low Foods president Dan Bregg, under whose direction Buy Low has raised millions of dollars in support of children with special needs.

In addition to the award presentations, another highlight of the night included a sneak peek look at the recording of Follow Your Heart, performed by Todd Richard and an impressive ensemble of special guest artists, in support of Variety – the Children’s Charity. The song will be available on iTunes later this month, with all proceeds going to support the charity.

“Once again our community of supporters, donors, volunteers and friends has made us exceptionally proud over the past year,” said Variety BC Chief Executive Officer, Kristy Gill. “The Red Heart Awards are always a big night on our event calendar, and the single greatest opportunity for us to really acknowledge and celebrate the wonderful people who work so hard to make sure families all across BC and the Yukon know that we’re there standing with them. As always, this year we had an almost impossibly strong field of truly deserving recipients in each award category, not to mention everyone who came out tonight just to support their peers.”

Full list of 2016 Red Heart recipients:

Barbara Stewart Heart Award

Dan Bregg

Barker of the Year

Bob Stewart

Pioneer Award

Peter Chipman

Colleen Wood Award

The Manji Family

Hey Rube Award

Brian Hirschfield
Eric Phillips
Rich Reynolds

Telethon Awards

Steve Darling
Shan Wood
Teamsters Joint Council 36

Angel Award

Darts for Kids

Angel Kid Champion

Mihai Covaser

Community with a Heart

City of Kelowna

Parent Champion Award

Delphine Charmley

Corporate Hero Award

Stuart McLaughlin (Grouse Mountain)
The Hellenic Centre
Teekay Shipping

Angel Youth Champions

Meghan Luk
Emily Wong


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Dear Variety Family,

During the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) global situation, our highest priority is the health, safety and well-being of our Variety donors, families, members, supporters, volunteers and all British Columbians.

Variety BC has been here for more than 50 years ensuring kids with special needs thrive. I would like to assure you that during this uncertain time, we will continue to be here for BC’s kids with special needs.

I also would like to provide you with an update on our response to date and our commitment to you moving forward:

  • In keeping with the BC Centre for Disease Control’s recommendations, we will be postponing all Variety events between March 16th and April 30th including our One Night in the Valley Gala on Saturday, April 4th at the Glass House Estate Winery
  • We have closed the Variety Office as a precautionary measure and are having employees set up to work-from-home. All in-person meetings will be moved to teleconference. We will evaluate working “virtually” on a week-to-week basis while actively monitoring the evolution of this global pandemic and returning to regular operating procedures once health authorities deem it safe for our staff to do so.
  • Due to our office closure, we have postponed the shipping of Robert Bateman’s Woodworkers – Pilated Woodpeckers posters and our Variety water bottles. Anyone looking for tax receipts will receive them via email
  • With the closure of BC’s schools, the need to ensure our kids are supported has never been so great. As such, our Heart of Variety Fund will continue to accept grant accept applications by e-mail.
    Like all of you, we will monitor the COVID-19 situation and communicate with you on important health and safety measures and decisions regarding events regularly.

We encourage you to stay informed by visiting BC Centre for Disease Control’s website at and the Government of Canada’s website at

We are grateful for your support as we navigate through this uncertain time.

Thank you,

Cally Wesson
CEO – Variety BC