Tamara Taggart is a veteran broadcaster, advocate, and mother.
Tamara’s broadcasting career spans 28 years in both radio and television. Tamara has focused more than 20 years of volunteer effort on health care, the well-being of children, and people with disabilities.
Tamara is a strong community leader who advocates for others, volunteers and raises much-needed funds for many important causes. She has volunteered thousands of hours and sits on the boards of several non-profit organizations.
In 2015, Tamara received the Order of BC which recognizes those who have served with the greatest distinction; the Order is the highest form of recognition the Province can extend to its citizens. Tamara received an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from the University of the Fraser Valley in 2016.
In 2014, Tamara spoke at TEDxSFU. Her presentation, entitled ‘Two Conversations that Changed My Life’, compares how the medical community negatively framed her baby’s Down syndrome diagnosis, yet were positive and encouraging when she received a cancer diagnosis. This talk has struck a chord with medical professionals and universities around the world. It has been viewed over 360,000 times.
Tamara chaired BC Womens Hospital’s ‘Hope Starts Here’ campaign, raising $17 million for a newborn intensive care unit. Since 2014, she has chaired BC Cancer Foundation’s Inspiration Gala, raising over 15-million dollars to date for cancer research and treatment in British Columbia.
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, and rescue cats Broccoli and Brussel Sprout.