Fri, 2021/06/25 - 9:26am
A leader in volunteerism, philanthropy and social enterprise has been recognized with an honorary doctorate from the University of Guelph.
Janice O’Born received the honour during a virtual ceremony with U of G president Dr. Charlotte Yates and Ontario Agricultural College (OAC) Dean Dr. Rene Van Acker.
O’Born is founding chair of The Printing House Charitable Office, the philanthropic arm of The Printing House (TPH) Ltd., which has raised more than $63 million to support important community-based initiatives for various charitable causes in Canada ranging from the SickKids Foundation and Sunnybrook Hospital Foundation to the Banff Centre.
A long-time supporter of U of G, O’Born has created scholarships in food animal health and welfare and sustainable food systems at the Ontario Veterinary College and the Ontario Agricultural College respectively, has volunteered with OVC Pet Trust, and has helped lead fundraising for key initiatives in the Ontario Veterinary College and the Gordon S. Lang School of Business and Economics.
“Janice O’Born is an outstanding individual, who is called to service, committed to community, and cares for others,” said OVC Dean Dr. Jeff Wichtel. “As a college, we first came to know Janice when she asked how she could help us to advance the health and welfare of animals through the OVC Pet Trust, ultimately resulting in Janice offering to lead and organize the inaugural OVC Pet Trust Gala.”
To date, there have been four galas, and a total of $1.8 million dollars has been raised. In addition to raising the awareness level of the work of OVC Pet Trust, these events have brought greater visibility to the U of G and attracted many new donors.
O’Born has given back to the community as volunteer and board member for many charitable organizations, including the Sick Kids Hospital Foundation, the Sinai Health Foundation, the National Arts Centre Foundation, the Canadian Centre for Diversity, The Duke of Edinburgh’s Award, and the Clarke Institute of Psychiatry Foundation (now CAMH).
Her transformational gifts have included more than $3 million to support children’s health and, along with her husband, Earle O’Born, a $10-million contribution to the National Arts Centre Foundation, where she has served as chair of the board of directors. She is currently an active board member of Mount Sinai Hospital.
In Rosemont, Ontario, she led development of a food and culinary destination organization to attract economic activity and people and to foster a sense of community.
O’Born has also been celebrated for her volunteer work with the Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medal, her fundraising and philanthropy with the Order of Ontario, among many other awards for lifetime achievement.
Watch the virtual Honorary Doctorate ceremony.