Giving: 'The greatest feeling you'll ever have
Who: Bill Holland, CEO of CI Financial Corp. Canadian investment executive, father, philanthropist.
What: A $20 million gift to Bloorview to recruit the world’s best pediatric rehab physicians, scientists and therapists; build a program that will see parents and youth work alongside clinicians to improve hospital care and safety, teach future healthcare professionals, and support families; and increase capacity for training post-doctoral research and developmental pediatric fellows. Bill’s gift kicks off the No Limits campaign by Bloorview Kids Foundation to raise $80 million for the hospital. In total, Bill has donated $26.2 million to Bloorview.
Why: “I think that Bloorview is an amazing institution. When I walked in there the first time I was blown away by the kids, which is the thing that immediately grabs you. But then seeing the volunteers and staff and the heart and soul they put into their day job, that’s remarkable. Childhood disability is a prevalent problem in our society and demand for services at Bloorview far outstrips supply. In order to build capacity, we need to attract world-class talent. The better we populate Bloorview with world-class professionals, the better the hospital becomes.”
‘When you make a contribution to a place like Bloorview and you get a letter a year later from the mother of a child who was helped in a very significant way there – that’s the greatest feeling you’ll ever have.’