Named George Brown College's inaugural chancellor in 2012, Sally Horsfall Eaton serves as an ambassador for the college, promoting its vision and enhancing its public profile in the greater community. She also presides over convocation ceremonies, presenting diplomas, certificates and degrees to graduates.
Ms. Horsfall Eaton is serving as the first chancellor of George Brown, and hers marks the first chancellorship at an Ontario college.
"I am tremendously honoured to be given the task of serving as an ambassador for an institution that is responsible for so much achievement in our city," she said when she first took on the role in 2012. "George Brown College plays an essential role serving the needs of the workforce and the community, and I will do all I can to support it in my new capacity as chancellor."
George Brown renamed its nursing school in Ms. Horsfall Eaton's honour following a $4-million gift she and her husband, John C. Eaton, gave to the program —the largest individual donation the college has received. In 2002, a building on the Ryerson University campus that hosts George Brown programming was named the Sally Horsfall Eaton Centre for Studies in Community Health.
The seeds of Ms. Horsfall Eaton's distinguished record of volunteerism, philanthropy and public service were sown during her early days as an emergency room nurse, where her focus on helping others and community building began and guided her career.
Ms. Horsfall Eaton has played important role in the public and non-profit sectors in Ontario, including as founding executive director of the Ontario Trillium Foundation, founding managing director of the Canadian Hearing Society Foundation, assistant executive director of the Canadian Hearing Society, and a trustee of McMaster University.
She also served as director of the Niagara Institute, the Metro Toronto and Region Conservation Foundation and the Canadian Coordinating Council on Deafness; founding chairman of VOICE for Hearing Impaired Children; director of the Ontario Coordinating Council for the Hearing Impaired, and the Canadian Hearing Society.
Other positions include: honorary colonel of the 32 Signal Regiment; a member of the National Honorary Colonels Executive Council; honorary chair of the Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT), 2007 and 2011; past chair of the boards of St. John's Rehabilitation Hospital and Breakfast for Learning, Canadian Living Foundation and past honorary associate for Asian Heritage Month.
She is also a trustee of the John C. and Sally Horsfall Eaton Foundation.
Her life's work has earned her significant recognition: she was presented the Outstanding Volunteer Award in 2006, the Canadian Forces Decoration in 2008, the Queen's Diamond Jubilee Medal and an honorary doctorate from Ryerson University in 2012.