Ann McCullagh Hogarth 1956

Clarke Institute Campaign Fundraiser and Volunteer

As the Chronicle took volunteering as its theme in 2001, Ann McCullagh Hogarth is a natural for the Old Girls Award. While running a bustling party and wedding planning business, Ann has squeezed in more altruistic appointments than most of us have had hot lunches.

But Ann’s efforts are more than a selfless embrace of humankind – they are deeply personal quests. Her two most long-standing commitments are to Havergal – a place for which Ann says she holds much gratitude – and the Clarke Institute, Toronto’s premier institute of psychiatry. After her own bout with depression, Ann turned her energies to destigmatize mental illness. At the Clarke, in addition to board of trustees and board of directors work, Ann has made her mark through her “Courage to Come Back” campaign dinners, events that put her planning skills in overdrive. That they raised $800,000 in four years is a testament to Ann’s knack for inspiring others.

Could this be rooted in her days as head of Marion Wood House? Of pounding the halls in her green socks and Oxfords? You bet.

“Havergal offered me a superb educational foundation as well as fostering a great sense of self worth,” she says. Ann’s vision for Havergal is to preserve its strengths and ensure the school’s healthy transition into the 21st century. She has served as a fundraiser, as a member of Havergal’s board of directors, as vice-chair, as one of the capital advisory group and as a charter member of the honorary council, which boosts volunteerism within Havergal.

She’s also gone beyond the halls of Havergal, as an executive member of the Ontario Association of Governing Bodies of Independent Schools. Ann says that her keen volunteerism stems from feeling at ease in the Havergal family. “From a sense of belonging to Havergal, I have a personal identification with values that are timeless. Havergal is a place that helped me find my identity in the community and to recognize that along with great rewards come responsibilities.”

Not one to merely have a hobby, Ann’s sense of responsibility extends even to her lighter side: the Garden Club of Toronto, Canada Blooms and the National Ballet of Canada, among many others, have benefited from her energy. Quite simply, Ann has mapped her life’s passions onto the city in which she lives. Lucky for us.

Written by Tralee Pearce 1987