Tamara Taggart is a community leader, activist, veteran broadcaster, cancer survivor, mother, and the Team Trudeau candidate for Vancouver Kingsway.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Tamara is a community leader who advocates for others and raises much-needed funds for many important causes. Throughout her career as a broadcaster on local television, radio, and digital media, Tamara earned her place as a trusted voice for the people in Vancouver. She has focused two decades’ of volunteer efforts on health care and the well-being of children and people with disabilities.
Tamara chaired BC Women's Hospital’s Hope Starts Here campaign, raising $17 million for the newborn intensive care unit. She also served as chair of the BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspiration Gala for five years, raising more than $16 million for cancer research and treatment in British Columbia.
Tamara’s 2014 TED Talk, Two Conversations that Changed My Life, struck a chord with medical professionals and universities around the world, by reframing the way healthcare practitioners communicate hope.
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 Law from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2016.
Tamara 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.