Korle-Bu Neuroscience Club – Victoria

We are always so pleased to hear of university students eager to support our neuroscience projects in West African. Our University of Victoria students are raising interest and awareness on behalf of KBNF. Join Bernard Osei, President of KBNC, and our KBNF family in extending a big congratulations to our dear students for all these wonderful developments!

Update from Korle-Bu Neuroscience Clubs

The 2010-2011 year was a year of progress for KBNF especially in areas of fundraising, collaboration, promotion and strategies for future success.

In summary, KBNC was able to fundraise $1500, undertake promotional activities, Neurology books donation from Dr. Riopelle, renew its website domain for the next three years, initiate a raffle project to be run in selected school and collaborated with Dickinson College Neuroscience students to raise funds and promote KBNF.


AHA Creative Strategies revised the KBNC logo to resemble that of KBNF logo. This is to continue the efforts of keeping the message and image of KBNF and KBNC on the same page and ensure consistency and uniformity.


Promotions were done in the two KBNC chapter universities: UBC and McGill University. Our collaboration with Dickinson College Neuroscience Society also yielded some promotional activities including an invitation of Dr. Lisa Cain to be guest speaker of a Neuroscience conference. We also gave a presentation of the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Project during the BRAIN SYMPHONY Cafe as part of our partnership with Brain Awareness Week. During the Independence Day in Montreal, KBNF was also promoted at the event.


Dr. Richard Riopelle, Chief of Neurology and Neurosurgery, donated about 20 neurology/neuroscience textbooks to help in the KBNF cause. This will be added to the equipment inventory and sent to Ghana Medical department with the next shipment.

Andrew Barszczyk (Web Manager) of KBNC also renewed its website domain for the next 3 years. This was renewed for $300.


KBNC plans to hold raffles in selected schools this coming academic year (September-May). Legal inquiries have been initiated by Afua Cobbina and myself to verify the extent of scope, award and duration of raffle. This raffle will be the main fundraiser that can be run by our chapters as well as our partners.


The clinical Volunteer Project was handed to two McGill Undergraduates under the directive of Nicole Wu (Co Director of Project) to draft a proposal. Work is ongoing in this regards and will be one of our main areas of focus in the coming year.


The McGill KBNC chapter, led by Hon Yang, kicked of the year by hosting an activities night and recruiting new students to facilitate their agenda for the year. A chocolate fountain and KBNF band fundraisers were hosted throughout the year. Capping the year was a date auction event, which was held on International Women’s Day.

UBC chapter, led by President Ash Shamsian, was more engaged in promotional activities this year, but really came through for KBNF when their time and energy was called upon. They helped in the packaging of equipment for shipments, brainstorming workshops and some cookie fundraising on campus.


Dickinson College is our first official partner as they have been spearheading fundraising and promotional events for KBNC. Led by Marianne Hutt, Dickinson College Neuroscience Society organized ice cream fundraisers, promotions at symposiums, selling of T-shirts and KBNF bands, and eventually inviting Dr. Lisa Cain to be the main speaker at a neuroscience symposium.

The main theme we have heard from students over and over again is they want to go to Africa. The beginning of the volunteer project was supposed to address this problem, but it has been slow in the making. As a result KBNC will make it a major emphasis in the next academic year. Our raffle project, which will initially involve only selected schools and will be our main source of fundraising, will give students that win the opportunity to go to Ghana or Nigeria and be involved in research, clinical shadowing or cultural experience. We will also move to form an advisory board of professors from various universities and set some objectives to be met. We will look to have an organized coin box program, increase our partnership with other neuroscience entities, solidify our membership and beat our fundraising total for this year.


HEART POWER Bootcamp A Success

The HEART POWER Bootcamp, sponsored by KBNF, was a joy to share.  Many thanks to those who joined us for the Saturday morning presentation.  It is my sincere hope that the 4 Heart Power Concepts leads all to ‘Extreme Living and Achieving.’  If you are interested in UNCOMMON LIVING, join us for one of the next bootcamps, Dreamswork or Heart Power.

Heart Power participants’ responses:

“You organized such a wonderful seminar, and thank you so much for having me. Once the next one is around I will most definitely have to bring more students, for hearing this information can enrich their lives and futures.” Ash Shamsian, President of KBNC UBC.

“I would like to thank you for enlightening us with your caring ways, looking forwarded to learning and experiencing more.  Hope to see you soon.”

“Let me add my sincere gratitude. I really, really enjoyed the seminar. It crystallized many things in my head and put thoughts into words. Can’t wait for the next one… I’d like to bring some friends along next time.”

“Thanks for the presentation yesterday. Danny, you are always inspiring and I think if we had the time there is so much more you could have shared.”

Dear Charity Fair and Garage Sale Team!

I trust you are all recovered from the events of Friday and Saturday. My, what an amazing time of teamwork and family. When Rick and I sat down over lunch in August, never did we appreciate all the work that would be done for the next many weeks, to achieve our goal of raising awareness, both corporately in the city but also in the community at large. Having a new website was the first accomplishment that took amazing teamwork and got done in record time. . .

To have the support of so many, including staff, foundation members and their friends and family, was incredible. Even before the events, much was donated in terms of preparatory time, donations for the garage sale, spreading the word around, securing other volunteers.

To have the family support of the Diamond family, including Rick, Sue, and Alyssa, and Alyssa’s boyfriend — just wonderful. Rick gives and gives and gives, and does not want recognition for himself, but to meet the objectives and reach the outcomes. He lives in his heart, and yearns for everyone else to live in their heart as well. Wearing the “for Seth” on the teeshirt sleeves was just wonderful. I have since forwarded a photo to Seth’s family to show him. It has already encouraged Seth to no end.

I know that Sue spoke from her heart as she shared the value of expert care and how it can make such a difference in West Africa. She has committed to helping further, and for that, I am most grateful. There are very few with neurological challenges, that will entire the public eye and speak. It has been a challenge in neuroscience for a long, long time. Sue did so with style and class and courage and passion. Thank you!

To have the family support of the Johal family, including Brian and his daughters and son-in-law. Giving of their entire day to the Fair and Garage Sale, doing whatever is asked of them, just tremendous. Brian’s people skills when potential customers came into the warehouse was refreshing and lively. Lots of laughter could be heard across the floor often . . .

Alethea and Jillian, just a mammoth 24/7 effort in recent weeks, to ensure we had things in order for the events. Attention to details is their forte, and they backed up their instructions with action. I commented that having not even known we existed in the summer, to spending their very breath on our project, every moment they possibly had available, including waking up in the middle of the night to plan another piece to the event, simply amazing. Balloons, silent auction items, were high on the agenda targeting a goal of $10,000, and this week, Rick continues to sell gift balloons to the corporate community to optimize our fundraising.

To have the support of the KBNC — UBC, led by Ash, just tremendous! Delivering flyers in Langley and Surrey, so appreciated. Always willing to help wherever it was most needed was the key word. Where can I be most effective? is what was asked and off they would go to do it.

For the Kwantlen Students led by Charles Quist-Adade, President of the GCABC, delivering flyers throughout the Surrey area.

To have the support of Renato, Karl, Rich, Shirley, Maria, Chelsea, Danny, and the whole Diamond Team, inspite of our tight timelines, and challenges, eager to help us make this weekend a success, thank you. Renato, to be committed to spreading the word about our foundation and helping us to be better and better, just wonderful. DD, as promised, your bathroom spruce up is coming soon!!

To the Diamond Delivery warehouse and truckers, led by Glen and his wonderful team . . . always supportive, helping above and beyond the call of duty, staying late at the office . . . for us . . . NEVER any tension or complaint ever . . . just amazing. . .

To my family, Danny and Diane Moe, and for their support and for Diane’s 4 colleagues, coming both days and giving freely . . . Danny, you inspired many as you expertly MCed the Corporate Luncheon. Giving a gift back, that’s what we are all about. We may ask, but we also want to give and you did that with style.

To our honored guests, the Surrey Councillers including Mary Martin, Richard Lee, MLA, North Burnaby, Dean Valli, centre for the BC Lions, and Miss BC Tara Teng, thank you for taking time away from busy schedules to contribute to our Luncheon and Fair. I have since met with Richard at his office, and he continues to offer his support to us. He thoroughly enjoyed the events and has posted a photo of himself and Rick at the ping pong site on his website. He was quite pleased with that, especially as the ball is captured in air.

Miss BC is passionate about her opportunity to make a difference in our province, country and world, as she hits human trafficking head on, desiring to stop it in its tracks. She was so gracious in her attendance and we applaud her. She’s heading to Ottawa to meet with the Senators next week and discuss what Canada needs to do to stop this in our country and abroad. We need to pray for her.

BC Lions’s chaplain, Dave Klassen, followed up with me Monday, asking how things went. That attention to detail and care will bode well for future requests.

A very special guest that made considerable effort to attend our Charity Fair and contribute is Mel Davis, of Globetrotters fame. Mel and his wife attended and in fact purchased the silent auction nativity set. Mel gave a demonstration and great support to our cause.

For Yvonne and Noelle and Daniel, for their Queen Mother procession and dance along with carrying things on your head the African way demonstration. Just great! This was captured by our PR team, Paul and Ruth, from AHA, coming in on their day off from Gibsons and sending off photos and notes to the media immediately thereafter. We trust we will see them in print this week. Keep a look out!

All of our KBNF family and friends, too many to name here, just amazing. Many of our members spent hours driving to locations to pick up garage sale items, a very time consuming endeavour. John, Derek, Kwabena, Brenda, Jocelyne, Ash (President KBNC — UBC) and others, spent time heading out sometimes daily to pick up items from all over the lower mainland. Others helped with flowers and donations and baking and making signs and filling in wherever the need arose.

Trucked in by Jocelyne and Norm, . . . flower baskets, hours and hours of labor from Sharon in my backyard, as we pulled them together. Norm and Ruth, Melissa, Damara, Brenda, Adele, Jocelyne with support from Charlie, owner of IGA Marketplace, selling flower baskets come torrential rain or shine, amazing.

Norm worked day and night, making sure signage was dealt with, flyers ready to go, details arranged, just to mention a few. Brad, Aaron and Colin, giving their time to take out flyers house to house, and helping set up. Melissa, helping to set up schedules and rolling up her sleeves whatever was needed, Aaron Asante, our faithful African music inspired DJ the whole of the day . . . outside, no less and never a complaint, but just happy to help . . . Just awesome!

The Garage Sale set up team included many and worked into the wee hours of the morning, requiring little to no sleep for the busy Saturday. Lynne, Norm, Melissa, Aaron, Ale, thanks so much! Jocelyne and Brenda, giving until there was simply no more left in “our engines”, incredible commitment. That work ethic is truly what makes us so special. It makes no difference if we are doctors, nurses or other professionals; this is a family that is focussed on the outcome, that of bringing world class health care to West Africa. And we’re doing it!

Westwood Lumber, housing a Diamond Delivery truck on the property, and for DD to take the expense of a truck sitting dormant when it could have been in service, again, this is what made the garage sale possible.

Our corporate sponsors would not have donated, had it not been for all of you reaching out and sharing our story and our vision and gripping the hearts of the corporate world that this project should be a focus of their support.

Many more should be specially mentioned, but suffice to say, the glory ultimately goes to God, for the opportunity to be a blessing, for blessing our efforts and for the ripple effect that is growing even now.

Rick would ask me repeatedly, what is the main reason for these events? I would respond: “To raise awareness in the community of who we are and what we are doing”. He would affirm, saying he didn’t care if “3 forks were sold”, it was all about raising awareness and community support long-term. Well, we have definitely raised awareness in many regions / companies that would not otherwise have heard about us. I continue to hear from them, even this morning.

I may have missed mentioning some of our team and I do apologize. Your contributions and commitment are not taken lightly and are totally appreciated. We will definitely be in touch with you in the coming days.

I pray that this will be a Fraser Valley launch that helps to catapult us to greater achievements in the months ahead in Vancouver and beyond. We’ll be sure to let you all know the amount raised as soon as the donations have finished coming in. Do keep going to the website, as we add information to it.

Blessings from above and love . . . to you all,




October 9 – General Update

I am only one, but still I am one. . . . [I’m trying to clone myself, but between you and me, if there is more than 1 Rick and /or Marj, the world likely would not survive as we know it!]. . . I cannot do everything . . . [but that doesn’t stop me from trying!], but still I can do something . . . [like sleep whether I need it or not]; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse [refuse? Me? Not a chance!] to do something that I can do.”

~ Helen Keller [edited by Marj] ~




Having a blast and trying to stay focussed on today’s tasks on hand for the upcoming KBNF charity fair and corporate luncheon events!!




Our KBNC UBC President, Ash, is working his heart out in the rain selling flowers and encouraging shoppers to donate . . . and attend the charity fair. Melissa, Todd, Kim and Damara take up the torch at Charlie’s IGA Marketplace selling our amazingly gorgeous fall flower baskets;




John and Jocelyne have become official KBNF truck drivers for the garage sale cause, . . . the corporate luncheon is moving ahead with 90% capacity now achieved, thanks to the amazing work of the Diamond Delivery team and Brian Johal of Westwood Lumbar.


What an amazing team of caring staff and friends.




We need volunteers to help with flyers to the community and sponsors for the events . . . if you have a few hours to donate, join with us!