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Rhonda O’Gallagher - Business Woman Philanthropist

At the 16th edition of the Red & White benefit event hosted by West Island Community Shares, Pfizer Canada’s VP of Corporate Affairs and Canadian Leadership Council member, Rhonda O’Gallagher (back row, far right), was recognized as one of 10 West Island of Montreal Business Women Philanthropists.

West Island Business Woman Philanthropists
Anna Mormina & Angela Martignetti, Co-Owners, Mfleurs; Chantal Carrier, Consultant and President of the Fund Distribution Committee of West Island Community Shares; Eva Chalkiadakis, Development Manager, Small Business, Scotiabank; Frederica Jones, Regional Vice-President, BMO; Brigitte Garceau, Lawyer, Robinson Sheppard Shapiro; Teresa Broccolini, Director, Property Management, Broccolini; Karine Thibert, Senior Manager Commercial Banking, National Bank; Lolita Guerrera, Vice-President, Commercial Markets, Royal Bank of Canada; Rhonda O'Gallagher, Vice President, Corporate Affairs, Pfizer Canada Inc.; Roberta Lacey, Head of Marketing, Avon Canada

Working with Pfizer since 2001, Rhonda has spent the greater part of her career working in the life sciences and bio-pharmaceutical sector in Canada. Having started her career with the Kidney Foundation of Canada, Rhonda developed an interest in philanthropy at an early age and has been involved with many community organizations over the years.

Among other things, Rhonda sat on the Community Shares’ Fund Distribution Committee and she is now a member of the board of directors of the West Island Palliative Care Residence Foundation after completing a three-year mandate as President of the board. Under Rhonda’s leadership, the Residence increased its fundraising efforts by 25% and initiated an ambitious $12.5M multi-year campaign and an expansion project. She also recently joined the board of directors of the Canadian Paralympic Foundation solidifying Pfizer Canada’s 23-year partnership and commitment to ensure all Canadians with a disability have access to sport.

In 2015, Rhonda took her philanthropic drive internationally where she participated in Pfizer's Global Health Fellow program. She was assigned to an IntraHealth International project for a three-month term in Senegal to leverage her expertise in communications. There she developed communications tools to ensure that donors and stakeholders, as well as employees and other IntraHealth offices are aware of the Senegal office’s efforts and noteworthy achievements to help increase access to both childhood immunization programs and family planning methods.

Senegal Experience

The West Island Community Shares Red & White event recognizes 10 influential business women who have repeatedly demonstrated their commitment to supporting a vibrant and healthy West Island community showcasing the many different ways people can get involved in their community, whether by offering their time, expertise or financial support.