Our board of directors are proud volunteers of the PKD Foundation of Canada, and are passionate advocates for support, research and education to help all those affected by polycystic kidney disease (PKD).
Joseph has a personal connection to PKD as both a patient and through his father. Following his father’s death from a brain aneurysm, doctors discovered that his kidneys and liver were both covered with cysts. The next day, his family members were assessed to determine if they too were carriers of the PKD gene. Joseph was diagnosed with PKD at the age of 16. He gives back to the community through his time as Board Chair for the PKD Foundation of Canada, appearing on television interviews, participating in bi-monthly support group meetings, and hosting various fundraising events. In 2011, Joseph’s efforts were officially recognized when he was presented with the Toronto Chapter Volunteer of the Year Award.
PKD has deeply affected Michelle Risi-Anagnostopoulos and her family. She is passionate about contributing to the PKD Foundation of Canada and is optimistic that future generations will experience a different outcome for PKD - namely, a cure. Throughout her career, Michelle has always sought out opportunities to participate in volunteer committees and task forces, both in the corporate and charitable sectors. In 2015, Michelle was recognized and honoured by Portraits of Giving for the work she does within the community. She is also a self-proclaimed creator, enjoying hobbies such as painting, music, photography and writing.
Doug Robertson is a founding member of the PKD Foundation of Canada. His involvement with PKD began as a result of his wife Jan’s diagnosis in 1980, at the age of 27. Since then, she has had two liver transplants and expects to receive a kidney transplant in the future. Doug and Jan have two adult children, Megan and Jeff. Prior to his role as Treasurer, Doug served as the Board Chair from 1994 to 2011.
PKD runs in Dianne’s family with both maternal grandparents and her mother having this disease. Over 15 years ago Dianne’s father donated his kidney to her mother. Dianne and her family are excited to continue their support of the PKD Foundation of Canada, and remain dedicated to advocating for future treatment options that will improve the lives of those afflicted with PKD.