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Tamara Taggart is a community leader, activist, veteran broadcaster, cancer survivor, mother, and nomination candidate for the Liberal Party of Canada in Vancouver-Kingsway.
With a broadcasting career spanning 28 years in television, radio, and digital media, Tamara has also focused two decades’ of volunteer efforts on health care and the well-being of children and people with disabilities. She is a community leader who advocates for others and raises much-needed funds for many important causes, contributing thousands of hours and serving as a director of several non-profit organizations.
In 2015 Tamara was awarded the Order of BC—the highest honour awarded by the Government of British Columbia—in recognition of her years of public service. She also received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2016.
In 2014, Tamara delivered a keynote lecture at TEDxSFU entitled Two Conversations that Changed My Life, which compared how doctors negatively told her about her baby’s Down syndrome yet were positive and encouraging when they delivered her cancer diagnosis. This talk struck a chord with medical professionals and universities around the world, and has been viewed more than 400,000 times.
Tamara chaired BC Women’s Hospital’s Hope Starts Here campaign, raising $17 million for a newborn intensive care unit. Since 2014, she has also chaired the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspiration Gala, raising more than $15 million for cancer research and treatment in British Columbia.
Tamara is a sought-after keynote speaker on overcoming challenges and self-advocacy. She and her husband Dave have three children— son Beckett and daughters Zoë and Poppy. They also share their home with George their Airedale Terrier, Penelope their rescue dog from Mexico, and rescue cats Broccoli and Brussel Sprout.