Announcing Sara Byrnell as WCHF's new Vice-President, Philanthropy & Partnerships

2020-04-17 10:28:47 AM

Sara-Byrnell.jpgIt is with great pleasure that we welcome Sara Byrnell to our team as Vice President, Philanthropy & Partnerships for Women’s College Hospital Foundation. Sara joined us, virtually, on Monday, April 20th.
Sara has distinguished herself as an outstanding fundraiser with a 15-year track record of success and increasingly senior fundraising roles within the non-profit sector, most recently with Plan International Canada.
She has dedicated her career to supporting the most vulnerable in society by helping them to unleash their full potential. She is passionate about improving healthcare for all, championing gender equality and advocating for more resources to fund vital health research in both global and local contexts. As a member of the leadership team at Women’s College Hospital Foundation, Sara will be integral in our mission to drive and maximize impact for our donors, and our hospital, through strategic philanthropic partnerships.
In her most recent role, Sara led the development of strategic global business opportunities as the Director of Global Partnerships at Plan International Canada. Most notably, Sara contributed to the development and strategy of the 100 Million Reasons Campaign, Canada’s largest and most ambitious philanthropic international development campaign to raise $100 million, benefiting 20 million children around the world. In this role she also helped foster partnerships in Canada, South America and Europe to advance gender equality, women’s health and youth economic empowerment globally.
Prior to Plan International, Sara was a key member of the Major Gifts team at SickKids Foundation, advancing children’s health through the promotion of clinical care, education, and research. One of her proudest achievements was working closely with volunteers on a capital campaign to build the Peter Gilgan Centre for Research and Learning, Canada’s top child health research facility.
“I am excited to join the exceptional team at the Foundation,” says Sara. “At this pivotal moment in our history, revolutionizing healthcare for all couldn’t be more compelling, or necessary. By connecting donors and community partners with the leading innovators in women’s health and systems solutions, we will create incredible impact for generations. I feel honoured, and privileged, to be a part of this journey.”  
Sara is a graduate of Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science, Honours and the Georgian College Fundraising and Resource Development Program. She dedicates her volunteer time as a member of the Board of Directors for Camp Oki, a camp for children with heart conditions in Ontario, and is an active member of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) Toronto.