For Jon Dellandrea, there are 1.2 million reasons why Sunnybrook needs investment from our community. They are the patients who count on Sunnybrook each year, and their stories will help Sunnybrook Foundation's new president and CEO make a world-renowned hospital even better.
"Sunnybrook is already a first-rate institute, and I'm inspired by its commitment to doing great things even better," says Jon. "What we do – our bench-to-bedside care, our incredible research and innovations – ultimately reaches every patient who walks through our doors."
Jon's commitment to Sunnybrook is as personal as it is professional. "My wife was once one of these patients, and so was my brother. They received excellent care here, like countless others do each and every day. We need to do everything we can for our patients; the foundation's role is to provide the resources to make this possible.
"Sunnybrook's clinical and research achievements are extraordinary, and I look forward to putting all I have to offer behind our pursuit of world-leading health-care innovation. Because, in the end, it's not about the money we raise, but what the money can do."
Jon is recognized as a pioneer in Canadian philanthropy, having been named to the Order of Canada in 2006 for his efforts. He led the University of Toronto's $1-billion campaign, the largest in the history of Canadian universities, completing it a year ahead of schedule. He followed this success by leading the University of Oxford's unprecedented $2.5-billion campaign.
"Sunnybrook's aim is to invent new ways to care for the people who count on us at the most critical times in their lives," says Perry Dellelce, chair of Sunnybrook Foundation's board. "We can only do this with investment from our community, and there is no other person in the country more qualified than Jon to build that investment in Sunnybrook."
Sunnybrook president and CEO Dr. Barry McLellan agrees. "We need a strong base of philanthropic support to deliver the innovative care our community needs. Jon has successfully tackled this challenge at other complex, internationally renowned organizations, and there's no question he will succeed at Sunnybrook."