Magazine article Anglican Journal

Patten, Member of the Order of Canada

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Patten, Member of the Order of Canada

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Monica Patten came by her lifelong passion for philanthropy honestly. "My parents were my role models," says Patten, who in June was named a member of the Order of Canada, one of the country's highest civilian honours. Growing up in Waterloo, Que., where her father was rector of an Anglican church, she saw both her parents involved in school boards and public libraries. "It was just part of family life," says Patten, who was honoured for her leadership in the voluntary sector and for her work as president and CEO of Community Foundations of Canada (CFC).

The CFC, an umbrella organization for diverse community-based fundraising foundations, reports that in her two decades as CEO, it grew from 28 member foundations with assets of $500 million to 170 members with assets totalling $3 billion.

It was in Boston in the late 1960s that Patten, as an isolated young mother, began her charitable work in earnest. "My husband was very busy and away a lot, and I was not legally able to work in the U. …

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