SASKATOON – In a final act of extraordinary generosity and kindness for the city he loved, the late Robert ‘Bob’ Steane has gifted over $10 million through his estate to the Saskatoon Community Foundation, Royal University Hospital Foundation and St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation.
The announcement was made this morning on Giving Tuesday, a globally recognized day of giving and volunteering when charities, families, companies and communities join forces to promote acts of kindness and generosity.
Through the foundations, Steane’s gift will promote the arts, address homelessness, accelerate trauma care, advance mental health and medical imaging and support end-‐of-‐life hospice care.
To honor Steane’s extraordinary gift, the foundations are launching a city-‐wide “Be A Bob” awareness campaign and website (beABob.ca) to encourage everyone to consider giving, volunteering and leaving a legacy in their own way.
Steane’s parents and family immigrated to Canada in 1953, initially living in a small mining community near Salmo BC and then moving to Vancouver. He attended BCIT and then completed a Bachelor of Science in metallurgical Engineering with High Scholastic Honours at the Colorado School of Mines in Golden, Colorado. Bob’s mining career with Cameco spanned 34 years at the company’s operations at Key Lake in northern
Saskatchewan and Port Hope, Ontario.
Bob was a lifelong volunteer and donor to charities across Saskatoon. He served on the board of the Royal University Hospital Foundation (RUHF) and generously donated to RUHF, St. Paul’s Hospital, Saskatoon Community Foundation, Persephone Theatre, Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan, and other organizations too numerous to mention. Bob also devoted his time by volunteering at the Lighthouse, the Friendship Inn and participating in United Way Saskatoon’s campaigns and Journey Home initiative.
The foundations wish to express heartfelt thanks to Bob and his family for everything they have done to make Saskatoon a better place, today and tomorrow.
Bob Steane, 1950-‐2019
“My parents were generous in philanthropy, and so I learned from them. I’ve always felt that if you are able to and you are in a fortunate position, you should give back to the community.”
Arla Gustafson, CEO, Royal University Hospital Foundation
“Bob believed in service above self. As a generous donor and volunteer he found it hard to agree to be public about his donation; his only wish was that his efforts would encourage others to step up and be a part of giving to the community he loved. That was important to Bob. His generosity will not be forgotten. RUH Foundation is grateful for his philanthropic leadership, his community mindedness and his friendship.”
Lecina Hickie, CEO, St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
“Bob was an inspiration. He believed in the power of philanthropy and his generosity has inspired and in no small way transformed our community. We are so grateful to Bob for his generous gift to St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation that will ensure a lasting legacy of quality end-‐of-‐life care in our community.”
Carm Michealenko, CEO, Saskatoon Community Foundation
Legacy gifts of any amount are so important to our community. You can leave a lasting imprint about you, your life, and how you want to be remembered. Bob’s gift through Saskatoon Community Foundation ensures that his intentions live on and enrich our community through promoting the arts and addressing homelessness. Having a place to call home is key to our sense of belonging, which is at the heart of community. Thank you, Bob.”
Chief Executive Officer
St. Paul’s Hospital Foundation
Chief Executive Officer
Royal University Hospital