Community Outreach

Community Outreach

We actively seek opportunities to give back to our communities.

Free Geek

We donate all our reusable old computer equipment to Free Geek Vancouver, where we know it will be recycled ethically and responsibly. Reducing our ecological footprint is important to us and we are grateful to Free Geek for helping us with this small step we are taking.

Easter Seals 24 Hour Relay

In June of 2005, 20 researchers participated in this event, in support of children with physical disabilities.


CMMT has participated in the Annual FireFit 'Grind in the City' Charity Stair Climb competition in downtown Vancouver. The four categories are comprised of the fastest Team, Male, Female, Over 40 and Over 50. All funds from the events in which CMMT played a key role were donated to Huntington research. Firefit generously donates their time and equipment to make this event a success each year.

Jeans for Genes Day

The "Jeans for Genes Day" campaign is dedicated to supporting and promoting research into the causes and treatment of, and cure for genetic diseases that affect children, in fact 100 percent of monies raised go directly into this research. The CMMT participated in this primary fundraising event for the Canadian Gene Cure Foundation in 2006.

Safeway Tour

In December of 2006 CMMT hosted a CMMT Lab Tour for Safeway. Our guests were welcomed by Dr. Blair Leavitt in the Chan Atrium – Child and Family Research Institute, followed by a tour of the Leavitt Lab and Hayden Lab.


Each lab at CMMT hosts a number of volunteers each year. Volunteers are able to explore many aspects of genetics, genomics, disease and biology through their participation in lab projects. Volunteering has been critical in the development of links between the scientists at the CMMT and students at various levels, and continues to be a method by which aspiring students are exposed to genetics, behavioural research computational biology and other areas of human health and basic science.

Please visit our Volunteer Opportunities page to learn more about volunteering at CMMT.