About Us

Mission Statement

To raise funds for asbestos-related research, education and advocacy projects, and to raise awareness of the devastating effects of asbestos use.


Fund Origin and Description


The Ford family created the Asbestos-related Research, Education & Advocacy Fund (AREA Fund) in 2010 in loving memory of Dave Ford who died of mesothelioma. AREA Fund was created when the family learned that asbestos-related diseases are the number one occupational killer in Canada, and that there was no Canadian fund to specifically support asbestos-related research, education and advocacy work.

AREA Fund is an endowment fund; the return on the endowment supports this work. The permanently endowed funds will continue to grow and generate revenue for this important work over the long-term. Click here to make a secure online donation.


AREA Fund has no employees; all work done on behalf of the fund is done by volunteers, including organizing and hosting fundraisers Walk for Truth - Asbestos Kills.


Fund Management

 Vancouver Foundation was selected as the community organization within which to establish AREA Fund, due to its excellent reputation. Vancouver Foundation is Canada’s largest community foundation helping people and organizations give back to communities since 1943. 

The Fund Advisor, Tracy Ford, and the Fund Trustees (listed below), review all grant applications and work together to decide how available grant money will be awarded.

  • Dr. Christopher Lee, Medical Oncologist — BC Cancer Agency, Fraser Valley Centre

  • Wayne Peppard, Retired Executive Director — BC and Yukon Building and Construction Trades Council

  • Larry Stoffman, OH&S Specialist — UFCW 1518 OHS Director; WHMIS Current Issues Committee; and, Former HMIRC Labour Governor

  • Tim K. Takaro, Associate Professor — SFU Faculty of Health Sciences

  • Sheila Moir, Occupational Health & Safety Officer — BC Government Employees’ Union