SickKids Foundation announces appointment of new President

    TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - Patsy Anderson, Chair of the Board of SickKids
Foundation, announced today that Edward (Ted) Garrard has been appointed
president, effective July 6, 2009.
    "This is an important day for our organization. We have been joined by an
individual with an outstanding reputation and long track record of success,"
said Patsy Anderson, Chair of the Board, SickKids Foundation. "Ted Garrard is
one of the top fundraising executives in Canada. We looked for and found
someone who could lead an organization of the sophistication and complexity of
SickKids Foundation, and build on our success as one of the leading
fundraising organizations in the country."
    Prior to joining SickKids, Ted was Vice-President (External) at the
University of Western Ontario, a position he held since 1996. Ted began his
career in the not-for-profit sector in 1982 at The United Way of Greater
Toronto; holding the position of Vice-President Campaign from 1991-1995.
    "It is an honour to have been selected to serve as president of SickKids
Foundation," said Garrard. "I look forward to joining a team of dedicated
individuals who have a shared passion and commitment to improve the health and
well-being of our children."
    Recognized for his leadership, Ted was the 1997 recipient of the
"Outstanding Fundraising Executive Award" from the National Society of
Fundraising Executive Toronto Chapter. He was named the following year as one
of Canada's  Top 40 under 40; and recognized by the United Way/Centraide
Canada for outstanding volunteer service.
    A committed volunteer, Ted's current directorships include Imagine Canada
(Chair, 2004-2007), United Way/Centraide Canada, United Way International, 
211 Canada Steering Committee and Director Ketchum Canada (National Advisory
    "We are extremely pleased to have an individual of Ted's calibre join the
SickKids family," said Mary Jo Haddad, president and CEO of The Hospital for
Sick Children. "Community support through philanthropy is critical to the
overall success of SickKids and is a main reason we are regarded as one of the
world's most respected children's hospitals."

    About SickKids Foundation

    Established in 1972, SickKids Foundation is the fundraising organization
for The Hospital for Sick Children - Canada's most research-intensive hospital
and the largest centre dedicated to improving children's health in the
    The Foundation's fundraising is driven by the belief that improving the
health and wellbeing of children is one of the most powerful ways to improve
    Philanthropy is a critical source of funding for The Hospital for Sick
Children. For the fiscal year ending March 31, 2008, SickKids Foundation made
an investment of $67.2 million in children's health research, education and
care. A direct result of community support, this is the largest investment in
paediatric health care and one of the largest contributions to a hospital
anywhere in Canada.
    HealthyKids International, an initiative that supports the international
projects of The Hospital for Sick Children, is an investment in the future
health of children around the world. It is steeped in the belief that children
need home-grown medical practitioners who understand their countries' social
and cultural contexts.
    The shared vision of SickKids Foundation, HealthyKids International and
The Hospital for Sick Children is "Healthier Children. A Better World."(TM)

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