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Volunteer Profile: Campaign Cabinet

They face a challenge unrivalled by any other community hospital volunteers in the country.

The $250-million Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign to help build the long-awaited Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital and enhance care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital is the largest launched by a community hospital in Canada.

And Mackenzie Health Foundation’s 33-member campaign cabinet is primed and pumped for this extraordinary fundraising mission.

They represent one of the most vibrant, diverse and burgeoning regions in the country. They are some of southwest York Region’s most prominent leaders in business, health care and the community.

Leading the team is Greg Sorbara, Chair of the Sorbara Group Advisory Board, York University Chancellor, former Vaughan-King- Aurora MPP and longtime advocate for a hospital in Vaughan.

His family’s roots in the region run deep, as does his commitment to see the new hospital built. Service to community is a deeply held value of this grandfather of 13. As Chair of the Campaign Cabinet, he believes it is his responsibility to inspire by example, not only its members, but the community at large.

“This is a collective, common enterprise – every one of us needs to participate. When you get right down to it, it’s fulfilling a responsibility to help build this community – that is true citizenship,” Greg says.

Campaign Cabinet member Joseph Sgro, General Manager and Partner of the ZZEN Group of Companies Ltd., says there is no more important and impactful cause for which to volunteer, and to support, than the Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign.

As a resident of southwest York Region for nearly 30 years, he knows well that improving access and the quality of health care are the most crucial needs for families in the growing community.

His wife, Grace, is also a longtime volunteer for Mackenzie Health Foundation, most recently as Co-Chair of the most successful annual gala in the organization’s history.

“We see it as the most significant service we can make to the community at all levels,” he says.

Joseph, who also sits on the Foundation board of directors, acknowledges that the ZZEN Group of Companies’ commitment to philanthropy and family values have supported his ability to volunteer.

Joseph lauds Mackenzie Health for it’s award-winning care in the face of tremendous growth in the community. But with two teenaged boys and aging parents, he personally knows the critical importance of building a hospital in Vaughan and enhancing care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital.

“It’s the most important and significant community project that York Region has ever seen,” he says. “The community deserves it.”

Fellow Cabinet member Rina Pillitteri, Regional Vice-President, Vaughan and King Township, for RBC, also says the opportunity to help better the community drives her.

Rina, who also serves as Vice-Chair of the Foundation board, is deeply committed to making her community better, for her family, friends, clients and employees.

So, too, is her team at RBC, which works hard to build on the success of the annual RBC Family Skate in support of Mackenzie Health, and participates in growing numbers in the annual Richview Manor’s Strides for Stroke.

Mackenzie Health is close to Rina’s heart. She arrived in Vaughan at the age of four with her family – “when there were only horses and cows and few homes here” – and can testify to the impact of its tremendous growth on health care services.

“A hospital for Vaughan is long overdue,” she adds. “As a community leader, I have to help make this a reality – it’s so critically important.

Vince Galifi, Executive Vice-President and CFO of Magna International Inc., echoes the pride of working for a corporation that is deeply committed to philanthropy to better its communities.

While Vince admits he struggled initially with making the commitment to the Cabinet because of the high demands of his job, his knowledge of the critical need for a hospital in Vaughan won out.

As a resident of Vaughan for 35 years, he knew first-hand of the benefits that building a new hospital in Vaughan and enhancing care at Mackenzie Richmond Hill Hospital would have for Magna employees.

As a senior executive of Magna, he also knew that making this commitment of his time to the campaign would send a strong signal of the importance of this cause and of the reality of the project.

Last October, the most significant gift to the campaign to date was made by Magna, with a $10-million gift pledge to Mackenzie Vaughan Hospital.

“That was a key turning point in the campaign,” Vince says of the leadership gift pledge, “and that’s something that I’m proud of.”

(From top left) Marisa Fabiano, Senior Vice-President, Rogers Media Business Unit; Moris Pilla, Partner, KPMG LLP; John Mills, Chair, Mackenzie Health Board of Directors; Altaf Stationwala, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health; Greg Sorbara, Chancellor, York University; Chair, Advisory Board, Sorbara Group of Companies; Chair, Mackenzie Health Foundation Exceptional Care Belongs Here campaign; Ingrid Perry, President and CEO, Mackenzie Health Foundation; Glenn Beaumont, Chair, Mackenzie Health Foundation Board of Directors; President, Enbridge Gas Distribution; Maurizio Bevilacqua, Mayor, City of Vaughan; Tony Iannuzzi, President, Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario; Lou Greenbaum, Principal, The Vogue Development Group Inc.; Rina Pillitteri, Regional Vice-President, Royal Bank of Canada; Paul Pellegrini, President and Founder, Sussex Strategy Group

(From bottom left) Sandra Kaiser, Vice-President, Corporate Affairs, SmartREIT; Stelio Zupancich, Vice-President, Real Estate, TD Commercial Banking; Joseph Sgro, General Manager and Partner, ZZEN Group of Companies Ltd.; Fraser Nelson, Past-Chair, Mackenzie Health Foundation Board of Directors; Naseer Ahmad, Real Estate; Dr. Victoria Chan; Dr. Steven Jackson, Chief of Staff, Mackenzie Health; Anthony Staffieri, Executive Vice-President and CFO, Rogers Communications Inc.; Dr. Kavitha Passaperuma; Mark Roccatani, Executive Director and Regional Head, CIBC Private Wealth Management, GTA Region; Nikki Holland, Director of Public Affairs, Carpenters’ District Council of Ontario; Marie Fiorellino-Di Poce, Owner, John Paul & Co.; founding member ETA Vaughan Women’s Shelter; Dr. Luke Bui; Robert De Gasperis, President, DG Group; Sandra Maio, Legal Counsel, HBNG Holborn Group; Vince Galifi, Executive Vice-President and CFO, Magna International Inc. ; Gabriel Bianchi, Broker of Record and Owner, Re/Max Premier Inc. (Photographs not available for David Stolte, Vice-President, Strategy and Development, Mackenzie Health, Dr. Prince Aujla, Dr. Stanley Herman, Dr. Peter Stroz)