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Tony Arrell recognized with prestigious volunteer award

Toronto, November 23, 2012

By Kate Taylor

Tony Arrell is presented with the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2012.
Tony Arrell is presented with the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2012.

The former chair of the St. Michael’s Foundation Board of Directors, Tony Arrell, has been recognized with one of Canadian fundraising’s top awards – the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Outstanding Volunteer Award for 2012.

Arrell is the chairman and CEO of Burgundy Asset Management, a position he has held for the last 20 years. He was recruited to join St. Michael’s Board of Directors in 2001 and five years later joined the hospital’s foundation board. In 2007, in recognition of his exceptional leadership and vision, Arrell was asked to chair the foundation board, a position he held for five years.

“Tony is a very special type of volunteer,” said Alayne Metrick, president of the foundation. “He is able to draw on the success of his business and bring those business principles to excel our philanthropic efforts. He also has taken a keen interest in cultivating the next generation of philanthropists and it’s been wonderful to see him engage youth in the importance of volunteerism.”

Under Arrell’s guidance and encouragement, the St. Michael’s Young Leaders committee was formed. The group is made up of about 50 young professionals who, through their three annual events, have raised almost $500,000 for inner city health.

During Arrell’s leadership on the foundation board, the foundation has generated just under $150 million in donations. He is also credited with creating the foundation’s successful innovation nights – a monthly event that showcases areas of excellence in the hospital and gives prospective donors an opportunity for behind-the-scenes tours.

Arrell has agreed to serve as a co-chair for the hospital’s Inspire 2018 campaign for the Queen-Victoria Redevelopment Project, construction of a new 17-story patient care tower.

His other philanthropic efforts include positions with the Canadian Opera Co., the University of Guelph, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, the Shulich School of Business, the Bishop Strachan School and the Gardiner Museum.

“Together with his wife, Anne, Tony’s fundraising efforts have had a major impact on St. Michael’s,” Metrick said. “His commitment and generosity towards the hospital have set him apart as an outstanding visionary and a volunteer.”