'It's a fun thing to do'
United Way is very fortunate to have the support of Patrick Vianna, who has contributed countless volunteer hours over the last 22 years. Patrick has held his current position, as an allocations panel chair, since 1995. Prior to that, he was an allocations panel member, coordinated a day-long cricket match at the Sky Dome (now Rogers Centre) in support of United Way and served as a United Way campaign coordinator for the Ministry of Community and Social Services.
As an allocations panel chair, Patrick oversees the community investment process for 11 agencies primarily based in Scarborough and North York. He personally meets with representatives from each of these agencies at least once annually and attends as many agency annual general meetings as he is able, both to get to know their work and to meet members of the community they serve.
Despite his many years of service to United Way, Patrick still maintains his passion for the job. Originally from Kolkata, India, Patrick spent his student summers volunteering in villages where he witnessed abject poverty, an experience that continues to motivate him to contribute to others in need here in his new country and city. “United Way has had a tremendous impact on people’s lives across the city,” he says. “If there is a cry for help, United Way will ensure that it is heard.” Furthermore, he enjoys what he does. “I don’t look at it as being a burden or as cutting into my time—it’s a fun thing to do.”
Patrick, who is now retired, spends the hours he doesn’t devote to United Way volunteering for other organizations and programs across the city including Meals on Wheels, homework clubs and his local church.
Patrick Vianna was the profiled volunteer in our quarterly newsletter, Community Matters: Fall 2008