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Terrence Donnelly named a member of the Order of Canada

Toronto, July 9, 2014

By Leslie Shepherd

Terrence Donnelly
Terrence Donnelly

Terrence Donnelly, a long-time supporter of St. Michael’s Hospital, has been named a member of the Order or Canada in recognition of his philanthropic contributions to health care and medical research.

Since 1996, Donnelly has donated more than $9 million to St. Michael’s for research, education and facility renewal projects. He was introduced to the hospital by his friend, Dr. Lee Errett, who had recently become chief of cardiovascular surgery. Donnelly’s contributions have led to the creation of the Terrence Donnelly Research Laboratories, the Terrence Donnelly Heart Centre, the Terrence Donnelly Day Surgery Centre and upgrades to three conference rooms and staff lounge.

He has also supported educational initiatives, including the St. Michael’s Cardiac Residents’ Research Day and the International Fellowship Program for cardiac surgeons.

In 2013, in recognition of Donnelly’s generosity, the hospital renamed its Queen wing the Terrence Donnelly wing.

Donnelly practiced law as a partner in the law firm of Donnelly & Daigneault from 1962 until his retirement in 1997. His business career started after meeting Colonel Harland Sanders, the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken, in 1964. That grew into a friendship that ended with the colonel’s death in 1980 at the age of 90. Donnelly served on the board of Directors of KFC, as the chain expanded from 50 stores to 750 and is today a director of the Colonel Sanders Trust, which funds projects in 20 children’s hospitals in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

“Terry Donnelly is committed to making a difference for people, and is truly deserving of one of Canada’s highest honours,” said Dr. Bob Howard, president and CEO of St. Michael’s Hospital. “In health care he has done this by supporting the patient experience, supporting students in their learning and supporting scientists doing research.”

About St. Michael's Hospital

St. Michael’s Hospital provides compassionate care to all who enter its doors. The hospital also provides outstanding medical education to future health care professionals in 27 academic disciplines. Critical care and trauma, heart disease, neurosurgery, diabetes, cancer care, care of the homeless and global health are among the hospital’s recognized areas of expertise. Through the Keenan Research Centre and the Li Ka Shing International Healthcare Education Centre, which make up the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute, research and education at St. Michael's Hospital are recognized and make an impact around the world. Founded in 1892, the hospital is fully affiliated with the University of Toronto.

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