Waterfront Campus atrium named in former George Brown President Anne Sado’s honour and new scholarship created in her name

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Ribbon cutting for Anne Sado Hall, May 2022

The George Brown College community gathered to celebrate Anne Sado’s legacy, dedicating a space at Waterfront Campus in her name and unveiling a new scholarship in her honour. 

Sado served as President of George Brown between 2004 and 2021. Under her leadership enrolment doubled, the college increased its physical footprint with a new campus and student residence, George Brown became a leader in applied research, experiential learning opportunities accelerated, and vital industry partnerships were forged and expanded. 

“It certainly is my honour to recognize Anne’s leadership and her contributions to George Brown over a period of nearly two decades,” George Brown College President Dr. Gervan Fearon said. “George Brown built, under Anne’s leadership, incredible partnerships that we benefit from each day as well as an outstanding reputation.  

“She has played a pivotal role in transforming the city of Toronto. As we think about the waterfront, where it is now and where it’s going, we must recognize that it was her vision that really defined the role of a post-secondary institution here at the waterfront.” 

Anne Sado Hall and Anne Sado Bridging to Opportunity Scholarship 

The atrium of the Daphne Cockwell Centre for Health Sciences at Waterfront Campus has been renamed Anne Sado Hall. The official name was celebrated on May 25 with a ribbon-cutting Sado shared with Fearon, Chancellor Noella Milne, Chancellor Emeritus Sally Horsfall Eaton, and Chair of the Board of Governors Kevin Constante. 

Horsfall-Eaton announced the endowed Anne Sado Bridging to Opportunity Scholarship to support students enrolled in bridging programs across the college — programs that allow students’ previous post-secondary education and/or work experience to be recognized in their pursuit of further education. George Brown’s Chancellor Emeritus and her husband John C. Eaton pledged $500,000 over five years to match donations that support the scholarship. 

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“Please know that it is our honour to do this,” Horsfall-Eaton said. 

Sado reflects on her time at George Brown 

Sado retired in July 2021 and said the relationships she made are the highlight of her 17 years at the college. 

“There are so many things to remember and so many things to be proud of, but there is one thing that is more important and had more of an impact on me personally than any physical achievement or tangible success and that is the people I met," Sado said.  

“I truly hope you will continue to fly in V formation knowing that together you can achieve so much more than you ever could on your own.”