World Vision Canada’s past President appointed to the Order of Canada
Under his leadership more than $4 billion were raised as he encouraged millions of Canadians – from individuals to corporations and governments – to care for and act on behalf of children living in poverty.
To better understand World Vision’s maternal and child health programming, Dave Toycen visited Afghanistan in 2012.
MISSISSAUGA, ON – World Vision Canada offers sincere congratulations to past President, Dave Toycen, C.M., O.Ont., who was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada today. The Order of Canada represents one of highest honours a civilian can receive, recognizing outstanding lifelong achievement, commitment to community, and distinguished service to the nation.
During Dave’s 42 years with World Vision, including 19 as president of World Vision Canada, his passion and leadership helped improve the lives of countless children around the world and here in Canada. Under his leadership more than $4 billion were raised as he encouraged millions of Canadians – from individuals to corporations and governments – to care for and act on behalf of children living in poverty.
His unwavering commitment to put others first, combined with his gift of rallying those with the power to give, helped Canada grow its international assistance.
“Dave’s appointment to the Order of Canada is such a fitting recognition for a person who has dedicated his life to the service of others, especially children in need. Dave continues to be a mentor and close friend to me,” said Michael Messenger, President, World Vision Canada, “and I am inspired by his example of leadership and commitment to helping vulnerable people. This honour is so well-deserved. I hope his appointment will inspire others to take action to serve others.”
“It’s an honour to receive this recognition. I wanted to help children and to share their stories with Canadians, and I feel privileged to be able to follow that calling,” said Dave Toycen, past President, World Vision Canada. “However, I’m most grateful to the children and families I’ve met in my travels. They have so little and yet have so much hope for their lives. Their experiences have put my world in perspective. I remain forever grateful.”