Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian

A True Canadian

Dr. Djavad Mowafaghian, BC Children’s Hospital’s largest individual donor, is an outstanding individual whose long history of community and philanthropic leadership has touched the lives of countless children and families from across the country and around the world.

Growing up in a modest household in Iran, Dr. Mowafaghian learned from his mother that it was his duty to be kind and generous to others. Since making BC his home in 1987, Dr. Mowafaghian has demonstrated a deep desire and passion for helping children, generously donating more than $10 million to BC Children’s Hospital.

His most recent gift of $4 million to build The Djavad Mowafaghian Child Care Centre at BC Children’s Hospital, which opened in April 2014, gives children from infants to preschoolers a place that will engage them to learn and play while being cared for. The centre also features a large and beautifully landscaped outdoor space for fresh air and outdoor play. This gift, in addition to his previous $6-million donation to renovate the hospital’s cancer clinics and create the Djavad Mowafaghian Wing, has helped to transform the care thousands of children receive every year.

In December 2013 Dr. Mowafaghian was appointed to the Order of Canada, one of the nation’s highest civilian honours, in recognition of his outstanding achievement and dedication to the community. This honour came just one year after his appointment to the Order of British Columbia.

Mr. Hamid Eshghi is the president and director of the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, and is the proud nephew of Dr. Mowafaghian. “My uncle has been my teacher and mentor now for half a century and I am thrilled that his commitment to helping others is being recognized in Canada in this way,” he says.

As a donor and past governor of BC Children’s Hospital Foundation, Dr. Mowafaghian has inspired the entire community with his generosity, kindness and quiet philanthropy. While his charitable giving in the province is significant, his legacy and the impact he is having on the lives of children and families across Canada are beyond measure.