Tony Arrell: 2012 Volunteer of the Year

H. Anthony (Tony) Arrell is a remarkable philanthropic leader. He has made it his life’s work to create opportunities for others and to give back to society – not just by donating, but by volunteering his time and expertise.

Those of us who have benefited from prosperity should be thinking hard about how we can give back. We should give back because we have the means to do so, because Canadians should be more generous, because our institutions desperately need us.
– Tony Arrell

Tony Arrell has donated to and volunteered for a broad range of institutions, big and small: St. Michael’s Hospital, the University of Guelph, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Canadian Opera Company, the Schulich School of Business, the Bishop Strachan School, the Gardiner Museum and others.

Recruited to the Hospital’s board of directors in 2001, he also joined the Foundation board in 2006, and in recognition of his drive, leadership ability and wish to contribute, was asked to become Foundation Chair, a position he held for five years, until last spring. He then immediately agreed to serve as a co-chair for the current campaign. During those five years, under Tony’s active leadership, the Foundation generated just under $150 million in donations and enabled the creation of the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, comprised of the Keenan Research Centre for Biomedical Science and Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre.

The Foundation congratulates Tony Arrell – outstanding donor, volunteer and friend – on this well-deserved honour.

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