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).
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.
Jarrett Osborne’s son, Harrison, was born with PKD ironically on World Kidney Day. His wife Angie, and their other two children, Clark and Madelynne, have dedicated their creative passions, entrepreneurial and philanthropic spirits to fight PKD and further support research, education, advocacy, support and awareness. The Osborne’s social enterprises include ‘POP Remedy’, a comic strip syndicate that marries artists with causes and ‘PLAY4PKD’, a gaming vlog that inspires friendly competition, playful penalties and matched donations. Jarrett believes Harrison is the best thing that could have happened to his family and they are exponentially better because of him. They are indebted to him and will by any means, continue to fight and forge for a cure for PKD.
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.