As Djavad Mowafaghian’s success grew, so did his generosity. In 2003, he established the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation in Vancouver, and to date it has donated or committed more than $48-million to various charities in Greater Vancouver.
The amazing thing is how reluctant many major philanthropists are to talk about themselves, what they do, and why. But over time, we have managed to sit down with some notable people, all of whom share a passion for their community.
Provoked vestibulodynia (PVD) affects about 12 to 15 per cent of women; however, most family physicians and many gynaecologists do not understand it and therefore do not make an accurate diagnosis. There is a significant toll taken on the woman’s self-esteem, her quality of life and her relationship.
Dr. Karim Qayumi dreamed of bringing certain radical ideas about how surgery is taught, and learned, in Canada. That dream, once branded as idealistic and too far in the future to be practicable, is actually here, now, at the Centre of Excellence for Surgical Education and Innovation, where Dr. Qayumi is director.