Grace Family Network Foundation (gfnf) was founded in the memory of Rebecca Chan, who passed away a few weeks after her 25th birthday from a rare form of cancer in January 2000. During the last couple months of her life in the palliative care unit, she continued to do the things she did best—listen to people, care for people, and love them in quiet and steadfast ways.
One of the unfortunate realities of her passing was that others were not able to enjoy her presence and heart that desired to be a "home" to others, particularly to children. The Grace Family Network Foundation was named after Rebecca's Chinese name "En-Huei," which means grace, in the hope that her heart for others can be carried on in some small way.
gfnf is a non-profit organization that was established in 2003 to help children-at-risk in our local communities. To that end, our goals are as follows:
Finding creative ways to financially support non-profit organizations that help children of lower income families in the Greater Vancouver region;
Raising awareness of the needs of these organizations, opening the door for cross-community involvement;
Strengthening the family base through support and education initiatives to families that need assistance;
Connecting children and families in the Greater Vancouver region with the needs of children-at-risk;
Developing partnerships with non-profit organizations that have demonstrated integrity and faithfulness in fulfilling the goals above.
Currently, gfnf is working towards these goals by providing academic awards and financial support to partnering organizations that work with children-at-risk.
Rebecca loved children, and in these ways we hope to help pass on her heart to children in need, here in Vancouver and beyond.