Lookout Society is mourning the passing of Dr. C. James (Jim) Frankish, a former board member and long-time supporter. Dr. Frankish also served on the Provost Advisory Group on Downtown Eastside, the Vancouver Street-to-Home Foundation, the Vancouver Homeless Count, and the Vancouver Crisis Centre. In 2013, he was invited to participate in the Mayor’s Task Force on Mental Health and Addictions. A well-respected public health educator and mentor, he was also a prolific researcher who dedicated his spare time to improving the community.
Dr. Frankish was Professor Emeritus and former Director of the UBC School of Population and Public Health. He was also a clinical psychologist, published academic who has won numerous academic awards.
Dr. Frankish’s long career in health promotion research was focusing on vulnerable populations, particularly those who are homeless. He co-led the world’s largest study of supportive housing for homeless persons with mental illness and addictions.
In 2013 his team received the BC Health Association Legacy Award from the UBC College of Health Disciplines for their work on the At Home/Chez Soi project, which examined Housing First as a means of ending homelessness for people living with mental illness in Canada.
In 2016 he won the BC Community Achievement Award and UBC’s Alumni Achievement Faculty Community Service Award for his dedication and determination to helping others and making British Columbia a better place for its most marginalized individuals.
While a board member of Lookout Society, Dr. Frankish visited Lookout shelters with his therapy dog, Lola, using his personal passion of photography to give back to our community. Over the years, he would visit Lookout sites on Christmas Day, taking photos of our guests and tenants for them to keep as a memento or share with loved ones.