Barn 3 Volunteer Squad: Spring 2017 Barn Days

Are you local to the Lower Mainland? Do you have a heart for volunteering? Join our Barn 3 Volunteer team in Delta, BC!

KBNF needs its’ volunteers, which means all you wonderful people are incredibly appreciated! ‘All hands on deck’ may be a nautical term, but we’re taking it for our upcoming Work Bee’s at the Delta Barn! Dell (of Compassionate Resource Warehouse) needs us to roll up our sleeves on this side of the Straight. Her dedicated volunteers for the CRW are located on Vancouver Island, so for us to come forward and take care of our side, would be a true gift.

Barn 3 is our generously donated warehouse, and the site from which our containers are staged for their journeys to West Africa. Situated on the Hendriksen’s farm, Barn 3 used to house chickens, and now it houses our donated items, before they ship. So, please email Sharon to confirm what dates you can make, and feel free to bring friends! Lots of friends! A bus-load of friends!

Lunch will be provided (please let Sharon know if you can provide any goodies for lunch).

5575 112th Street, Delta, BC

(Off HWY 91 & Ladner Trunk Road)


Thursday, March 30th
9:30 – 3:00

Saturday, April 8th
9:30 – 3:00

Thursday, April 13th
9:30 – 3:00

Saturday, April 22nd
KBNF AGM in Langley
10:00 am

Thursday, April 27th
9:30 – 3:00

Saturday, May 13th
9:30 – 3:00

Thursday, May 18th
9:30 – 3:00

Celebrating the Life of James Yanzu Ackah

James Yanzu Ackah 1946 – 2015
KBNF Celebrating the life of James Ackah

Dear KBNF family and friends,

Life is precious and ever so much more when a dear member of our family departs.

With sadness, we have learned that James Ackah, a longtime resident of Vancouver and cherished member of the Ghanaian community, passed away unexpectedly on December 27, 2015.


James has been a stalwart supporter of KBNF since our first meeting, going back well over a decade.

His desire to support his homeland and the people of West Africa was unswerving.

Each year we could count on James and Beatrice and family actively supporting KBNF while faithfully attending various events, including our Walk for the Bu. Brenda Macleod recalls what a blessing he and his wife were. Walking the track 5 Kilometers in support of KBNF was wholly embraced, come rain or shine.

Walk for the Bu, where James was a constant supporter.

His wife and family write:

“Our beloved husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend passed away on December 27, 2015.

The funeral service for James will take place on January 15th at 10:30 am at St. Andrew’s Roman Catholic Church located at 480 East 47th Avenue in Vancouver, BC. An evening prayer service will be held at the same location on January 14th at 8 pm.

We thank you for your prayers and support. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (link: KBNF) and the Union Gospel Mission in Vancouver.”

Beatrice, Evelyn and Audrey Ackah

Beatrice, Evelyn, and family, our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this time. Loss of a loved one is the most difficult part of life to live. It requires courage and the assurance that while we might not understand the timing, we do know that he is basking in the presence of His Lord.

May you be comforted by knowing that his life and memories are dearly embraced and the legacy that James has built will continue to bestow blessings upon his family, his friends, and his native and present homeland for years to come.

On behalf of the KBNF Board of Directors, family, and friends,


2nd Walk for the Bu a Wonderful Success

Well, our 2nd annual “Walk for the Bu” is in the bag and has been a wonderful success. The weather accommodated us, as rain clouds moved on to greener pastures and by the middle of the day, jackets were coming off as the autumn sun was blazing. Many came out to celebrate the cause, some of the children were determined to chase around the track, others leisurely sauntered as they chatted to their hearts content, and others walked briskly, multitasking for physical fitness, . . . all to brisk tunes heard across the field, chosen by Aaron Asante!

Todd Ellison, recovering from 5 rib fractures, came out briefly to show his undying support! Thank you, Todd. You are a trooper!! Kim Ellison and friends manned the grill, as food was prepared for the hungry horde.

Thank you to the Ghanaian Community for your contributions, pledge forms completed and many of you giving us a day out of your busy schedules. Brenda gave our prizes to those walkers that raised more than $100! One of our precious girls, Trinity, was so earnestly walking around the track that she attracted the attention of one of our generous donors and she won a prize!!! Way to go, Trinity!!!

Gaston Koffie, White Caps soccer star, joined us in Ghanaian time (late:) and next year, we’ll be sure to inform his club that we are on Canadian time!!!

The barbeque, courtesy of Charlie’s IGA, was delicious, as sirloin burgers and veggie hotdogs were devoured by a hungry crew. At the end of the day, there were only 2 left and 1 found its way home to Grandma Moe, who determined she wanted another one the following dayJ!

Kodak moments had to be captured not once or twice, but dozens of times, as cameras and poses were plentiful. Musical chairs seem to be the game of choice for the children and young at heart!

Our hearts were so filled with gratitude as many of you generously pledged towards our priority project work. Donors from Montreal, Louisiana, Greater Vancouver, and Victoria gave promptly; staff at Vancouver General Hospital and VGH/UBC Eye Care Centre really came to the plate too! They would see Brenda, Derek or I coming and laugh as they couldn’t escape us! But all in all, everyone was so pleased to be a part of such a worthy cause.

And finally, a big thank you to Brenda, for her dream of and commitment to an annual KBNF walk and for juggling all the many details including ensuring that our space was secured at the park! Without her leadership, this simply would not be possible. Someday, her dream of holding these walks across the continent and eventually the world on the same day will become a reality.

A Big Thank You

I just want to take this opportunity to send a sincere thank you and my appreciation for all the help and support you provided to the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) on 5 October 2013 at the Walk for the Bu. With the weather co-operating, it was great success!  This event could not have taken place without your help!

As this is only our 2nd annual Walk for the Bu we are still in the development stage. If there are any suggestions on how to improve this event please feel free to forward me your ideas.  Our Executive team will be looking to review all the suggestions in November to make adjustments to the walk next year.

Thanks again to all our volunteers!

KBNF Recognizes UTMB Research Students

The Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) Recognizes Students from the University of Texas Medical Branch (UTMB) at Galveston who have performed Health-Care Research in Accra, Ghana.

A goal of the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation (KBNF) is to encourage student interest in the continued development of healthcare and medical research in West Africa. As Chair of Research for KBNF, as an Associate Professor in the Department of Neurosciences and Cell Biology and as a University of Texas Distinguished Teaching Professor, I find it significant to inform students of the importance of viewing healthcare, education and research on a global level.  I relay to them my experience with the KBNF, in regards to assisting in creating a team to develop a neuroscience research program at the University of Ghana.

We want to recognize the outstanding students from UTMB who dedicated their time and service to contribute to health-care and research in West Africa. I served as a faculty mentor to the students listed below and The Global Health Program at UTMB provided financial support and additional mentoring to the students for their travel to Ghana. Posted on our website the coming week are comments from Rosalyn Adigun, MD PharmD,  Roslyn Oduro and Amara Uzoma-Uzo regarding their experience in Ghana. We congratulate these ladies for their unselfish commitment to others.

Lisa Cain, Ph.D.

Chair, Research for the Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation

University Students Help Pack Donations

Another splendid packing day took place at VGH’s old laundry facility, as KBNF gets ready to ship two more containers off to Ghana. One will head for Techiman in the northeastern region of the country and the other to Korle Bu Teaching Hospital.

We are so very grateful for the energized efforts of Christina Chiu and her dear friend in organizing this event. Facebook was the prime communicator, and we are ever so pleased that these university students are ready to help us again real soon.

Click here to see additional images.

Mr. Johnson Osei’s Retirement Party

Last week, Brenda and I had the privilege and pleasure of attending Mr. Johnson Osei’s retirement party. A social worker for the BC Ministry of Children for many years, it was a night of warm celebrations. Whether it was the Ministry lawyer, leader, colleague or friend, everyone had passionate words for this dear Ghanaian man with a great big heart for children.

We honour Johnson, who has been a faithful member of KBNF since almost our inception.

Have a superb retirement, Johnson! Only not too restful, as KBNF needs you to volunteer for oh, the next 30 years!!!!



Potluck and Laundry Folding Party!

DATE: Saturday, February 2, 2013

TIME: 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

LOCATION: VGH, ground floor (old laundry department)



Dear friends,

We are working on getting our hospital linens and supplies — so graciously donated by western hospitals — packed up for transfer to a need hospital in Techiman, Ghana. We need to be ready to transfer them ASAP.

We need your help sorting and packing — grandmothers, children, anyone, all are welcome!

On Saturday, February 2, we are congregating in the VGH old laundry department (ground floor behind Centennial Pavilion) for our next major work party. We’re planning to have a potluck to keep us all energized as we work.

We’ll begin at 9 a.m. Please join us. You can come and go throughout the morning and afternoon as your day permits.

If you are lost, give Christina a call at 1.877.468.6380 and she’ll be happy to help you with directions.

We hope to see you there!

My Vision for KBNF

First and foremost I wish to express my appreciation to the Executives of the KBNF for appointing me as a member of the Board. The thought and trust reposed in me are very much appreciated.

As a Ghanaian with some Canadian experience, I believe my best contribution to the team would be to offer local insight about the project and other projects, and to make the relationship between Ghana and Canada as seamless as possible. Among other things, I think I should be disposed to do the following:

  • Sensitize Ghanaians about KBNF through the media and other networks.
  • Encourage Ghanaian contribution to the projects in Ghana, thereby spreading the power base and ownership from major donors and medical professionals to ordinary Ghanaians, including corporate Ghana.
  • Engage in such other activities that will promote KBNF in Ghana and elsewhere.


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!