Janice O’Born founded The Printing House Charitable Office in 1985 where she currently serves as Chairman. Janice’s vision was to promote philanthropy to the staff of The Printing House (TPH) and effectively manage the numerous charitable requests the company receives each year. Her main TPH focus is to educate the employees about volunteering and philanthropy. Janice is also the owner of the Rosemont General Store and Kitchen and The Globe Restaurant in Rosemont.
Janice’s charitable efforts are extensive; volunteer work has always been — and continues to be — an important part of her life. Janice has chaired many special events and has sat on the board of directors of numerous charities. She currently serves on the boards of the Sinai Health Foundation and the Arthritis Research Foundation, and she, along with her husband Earle, are past Honorary Patrons of the NAC’s Music Alive Program, Nunavut. Her motivation for volunteering is a concern for her fellow human beings — at the end of the day, she wants to know that she did her best by making a difference and helping others help themselves. Janice says she doesn’t seek out donations (many millions raised thus far); they have a way of finding her.
Janice was appointed as a Member of the Order of Canada in 2021 and to the Order of Ontario in 2018 in recognition of her philanthropic contributions.
Born and raised in England, Janice lived in Australia for several years before immigrating to Vancouver in 1978, and then settling in Toronto in 1983. Janice and her husband Earle have two children.
She joined the National Arts Centre Foundation Board of Directors in 2012, served as Chair from 2017 to 2022 and is currently Emeritus Chair.