Rosalind Goodman, BA’63, LLD’11, the heart and soul behind the Rosalind and Morris Goodman Cancer Research Centre at McGill, has been named Outstanding Volunteer of the Year by the Quebec chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP).
The prestigious prize recognizes Goodman’s outstanding philanthropic achievements and volunteer efforts, particularly in support of McGill’s translational research in the life sciences. The award was presented to her at a ceremony in Montreal on Tuesday, November 15, also known as National Philanthropy Day in Canada.
“As a cancer survivor, I value each day as a celebration of life and have chosen to dedicate my life to be a professional volunteer, to give back and to pay it forward,” said Goodman, who was diagnosed with lung cancer four years ago.
A consummate community leader, Rosalind Goodman’s record of giving back to society began decades ago and continues today as she works tirelessly to support charities across Canada while inspiring and guiding the next generation of volunteers.
In 2008, she and her husband, Morris Goodman, LLD’11, made a transformative gift to support the McGill Cancer Centre, which was renamed the Goodman Cancer Research Centre in their honour. The Goodmans’ generous support provided more than 200 researchers with state-of-the-art laboratories and equipment to foster the development of timely diagnosis, treatment and prevention of cancer in all its forms.
Today, she continues to be intimately involved in all fundraising activities of the Goodman Cancer Research Centre. She and other volunteers recently helped to gather some of the Centre’s top scientists, students and technicians to produce a polished new dance video to raise money for cancer research. (Check out their video on YouTube — every hit brings another donation from proud donor, medical-supply company Medicom.)
The Outstanding Volunteer of the Award is bestowed annually by the AFP, a non-profit group that works to advance philanthropy through education, training, mentoring, research, credentialing and advocacy. The organization has nearly 30,000 members in more than 200 chapters throughout the world.