Patti Leonard’s passion and energy earns her Hamilton Community Builder Award

Patti Leonard is a woman of extraordinary energy whose commitment to Good Shepherd’s mission exemplifies what it means to be a leader.

Good Shepherd’s relationship with Patti began in 2012 when she was appointed to the Good ShepherdCentres Board of Directors. Never one to back away from a challenge, Patti volunteered to chair the Fundraising and Program Committees and in 2015 was elected the Board’s vice president, a position she holds today.

Cathy Wellwood, Good Shepherd’s chief development officer, first met Patti in 2012, during a meeting of the Fundraising Committee. “At that time, we were struggling to engage a younger and more diverse demographic in our philanthropic initiatives,” remembers Cathy. “I suggested we organize a fashion show, but didn’t have a fully formed idea of how the event would be structured. Days later, Patti called to tell me that she had awoken in the middle of the night with a concept that would celebrate Hamilton’s art and culture scene by bringing together artists and fashion designers under one roof. She even had a name for this event – Glamour in the Hammer.”

Launching a new fundraising event is a difficult and risky venture. Undaunted and determined to make Glamour in the Hammer a success, Patti volunteered to chair the event’s organizing committee. She threw herself into the project –no detail, no job, was too small for her full attention. On February 6, 2015, the first Glamour in the Hammer was launched to rave reviews. It has grown to become one of Hamilton’s premier food, fashion and fundraising events. On May 5, more than 800 people attended our third-annual show.

On April 24, Patti received the Hamilton Community Builder of the Year Award from Volunteer Hamilton in recognition of her contributions to Good Shepherd. In her acceptance speech, Patti said that volunteering has given her opportunities for personal growth. “I feel I get more than I give,” she said. “I have grown spiritually, emotionally and have been blessed with many new and lasting relationships within the community that are directly related to
my volunteering.”