Djavad Mowafaghian was already discussing a major donation to the UBC School of Medicine’s Brain Centre when he suffered a stroke last April.
Suddenly, the donation had a personal element, as the West Vancouver philanthropist was rushed to Lions Gate Hospital for brain treatment himself.
“My story is a successful one, as I was very fortunate to have been taken to the hospital immediately and to have received such wonderful care from the staff and physicians at Lions Gate Hospital,” he said in an email, as he still has some difficulty speaking one year after the stroke.
Mowafaghian moved to Vancouver from his native Tehran, Iran, in 1987, establishing a commercial real estate firm and, in 2003, the Djavad Mowafaghian Foundation, which aims to help children through health and education.
The foundation has offices on Lonsdale Avenue and has helped build 26 schools in Iran, as well as donating to local organizations.