Christina Panis has been included as one of The City of Vancouver’s Remarkable Women for 2019. (Photo: Simon Fraser University)

Vancouver, B.C.

Pinay one of Vancouver’s Remarkable Women

By Ted Alcuitas

Walk into a Vancouver Community Centre and you won’t fail to notice a display board with womens’ images on it.

Look closer and you’ll see Christina Panis among them.The women are being honoured for their contributions to the arts, culture, food, sorts, community and reconciliation in Vancouver.

Started in 2008, this year’s poster coincides with The Women Deliver 2019 Global Conference.

Panis has been cited by the City as a “strong advocate for the rights of Filipino-Canadians”

Born and raised in Vancouver, she finished high school at Burnaby North Secondary and obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Sociology at the University of British Columbia.

After working in the non-profit field for several years she joined Simon Fraser University’s Faculty of Health Sciences as the Senior Associate Director, Advancement in January 2019.

She works closely with the dean to build support for the faculty and engage the community of alumni and donors.

Panis has 14 years of fundraising experience for organizations such as the BC Cancer Foundation, Alzheimer Society of BC, BCIT and UBC

Before joining the Faculty of Health Sciences, she was part of the development and alumni engagement team at the Allard School of Law, UBC, supporting the Dean and Assistant Dean in the management of key major gift portfolios including a $2M gift for innovation. She organized regional development trips and maintained key relationships with experiential learning programs such as the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, and assisted in the creation of numerous awards including a $200K award for indigenous students.