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Wendy Cecil Wins Volunteer Award

Other accolades: Rotmans named outstanding philanthropists and two honorary degrees awarded

She has been referred to as the pre-eminent Bach pianist of our time, and earned a Gramophone Artist of the Year award in 2006. In November, world-renowned pianist Angela Hewitt received an honorary doctorate from U of T during fall convocation.

Lawrence S. Bloomberg earned an honorary doctor of laws degree for his contributions to health care in Canada. In 2007, the business leader and philanthropist made an historic gift to the Faculty of Nursing, which was renamed in his honour.

Wendy Cecil (BA 1971 VIC) recently earned a Thérèse Casgrain Volunteer Award in the lifelong commitment category for her good work within the health-care, education and arts sectors. She helped spearhead the Urban Angel Campaign, which funded a centre for people who are homeless to recover at after receiving medical treatment. Cecil, chair and president of Brookmoor Enterprises Ltd. and the chancellor of Victoria University, has provided leadership in strategic planning and fundraising to both U of T and St. Michael’s Hospital.

Joseph Rotman (MComm 1960) and Sandra Rotman (BA 1975 WOODS) have received a 2009 Philanthropy Award from the Greater Toronto Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals. The Rotmans were named “Outstanding Philanthropists” for their contributions of time, leadership and financial support, which encourage the spirit of giving. They are the founding philanthropists of U of T’s Rotman School of Management. As a result of their leadership and financial contributions since 1993, the school has become an internationally recognized leader of business education. The Rotmans have supported not only higher education, but health, arts, social and cultural organizations.

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