Graham Moore

Wolverton Securities 

Ask Graham Moore about his involvement in STAND, and he’ll tell you about the day his son was born. According to Moore, one of the top producing brokers at Wolverton Securities in Vancouver, the first time he cradled his newborn son, the unconditional love he felt produced an epiphany of sorts. “In a split second I had sudden insight into reality and my life took on a whole new meaning,” says Moore. “I had an overwhelming emotional experience and wanted to share it.” And he’s doing just that, as one of STAND’s strongest supporters.

While his son’s birth marked a significant moment in Moore’s life, what set Graham on his philanthropic journey started ten years prior, when he was living in a one-bedroom apartment, alone and desperate, worried how he was going to pay his rent. Bemoaning his condition, he started to take one step at a time to change his circumstances. , “If I was going to live a fulfilled life, I needed to make some changes,” he says, “and with a little help from my friends over several years, I amended my lifestyle and successfully overcame the anxiety,fear and hopelessness that was holding me back.”

Graham is at the top of his game today, but is quick to point out it wasn’t until the arrival of his son that he realized the impact his life changes would have on him. He suddenly understood that because of what he was able to overcome and achieve, his son would have a better life. “There are so many situations in life where people don’t have a fair shot. And they have their whole life against them from day one. I have been given a second chance and I have been fortunate enough to flourish in it.”

Graham believes, wholeheartedly, that he now needs to pay it forward: “I got out from under my problems with a lot of help from my friends and if I can help one person live a better and productive life as a result of my contribution, then I will be happy.” When Jeff Sundar approached Graham about STAND, he says the decision to get involved was easy. “I want everyone to have a fair shot . and they made it easy for me to take my thoughts and put them into action.”

That’s what happened with Sheway, a non-profit supported by STAND, that provides health and social services to women who are either pregnant or parenting children less than 18 months old and who are experiencing current or previous issues with substance use (http://www.vch.ca/women/sheway.htm ).

Moore learned about Sheway through an interesting series of coincidences: first, from the doctor who delivered his son, who shared her experiences volunteering with the initiative. Then, as Graham drove to work every day for two years, he drove past Sheway, thinking to himself he really needed to make a contribution. The final coincidence came when his wife was delivering their second child, and lying in the bed next to his wife’s was a young mother from Sheway who had also given birth to a son. “This woman was alone, afraid and her son’s future was uncertain. The disparity of the situation hit me hard and coincidence or not, this was all the symbolism I needed to mobilize and do something to help out.”

When Jeff started talking to Graham about supporting STAND, Graham mentioned Sheway, and within a short space of time, two of Sheway’s clients had been approved for STAND funding. Today, Moore is a strong advocate for both STAND and Sheway. “I think society is best served if people who are fortunate enough to be successful pass it on to others. Now as far as me keeping a good spiritual lifestyle, the more I help, the healthier I am. And for me spirituality is being kind and honest,” says Moore.

When you think of a broker, you think about life in the fast lane. But Graham Moore defies that rule and is a remarkable example of someone who understands the joy of giving; a true social entrepreneur at heart.