Bruce Galloway - It’s personal and business
For Bruce Galloway, his volunteer work as Chair of the Ovarian Cancer Canada’s Board of Directors was both personal and business.
A Board member for the past seven years and Chair for the last five years, Bruce got involved after his wife, Sheila, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. He stayed on after she died in September 2002 to do everything in his power to help overcome the disease.
As retired Vice-Chairman of the Royal Bank, Bruce also had a business goal:
“to ensure the organization was on sound financial footing to carry out its mission of awareness, support, education and research.” As he points out,
“That doesn’t happen unless you can pay the bills.”
The father of three and grandfather of six says that Ovarian Cancer Canada not only paid the bills but grew into
“a truly national organization with an extended volunteer network and a Board representative of the country. We accomplished most of our strategic goals as well.”
As inaugural Chair of the new Ovarian Cancer Canada (OCC), Bruce believes that a single, strong organization is better positioned to reach more women living with ovarian cancer, raise awareness about the disease, and attract donors to support the cause of research.
“There was a lot of goodwill shown by both organizations in bringing this partnership together,” says Bruce. “We’ve worked in a very positive way to make this happen and it’s been very exciting.”