Inspiring Stories

A quick chat with YPC Committee Member Jeffrey Sax.

On June 5, 2024, ROM warmly welcomed almost 400 guests for its annual ROM Celebration event.

Janet Waddington was a cherished member of the ROM Palaeontology Department for more than 40 years. To honour her legacy, family, friends and colleagues, rallied together to establish an endowed fund that will continue to support the collection and research she helped build for generations to come. 

Brothers Paul and John Johnston in ROM's atrium

Brothers John and Paul Johnston have been visiting ROM together their entire lives. Now, they are helping to preserve the Museum’s collection and ROM family experiences for generations of future visitors.

OpenROM will open the Museum up even more to the public, creating a thriving cultural and civic hub in the heart of the city.

Nearly two decades after receiving an invitation to attend a curatorial event at ROM, the Museum has become like a second home to Neera Chopra and her husband, Deepak. They became members of the Royal Patrons Circle and Neera was drawn to contributing in a more meaningful way. She began volunteering with gusto, chairing the Friends of South Asia committee, co-chairing ROM Ball 2019, and serving two terms as a ROM Trustee.  

As a mechanical engineer, Arthur Kennedy spent his lifetime building the infrastructure used by millions of people across the Greater Toronto Area to this day. And thanks to a gift in his will in support of ROM, he will continue to have a positive impact on the community for generations to come.

Like so many ROM employees, Meg Beckel’s relationship with the Museum began decades before ever working here. A surprising family connection and an insider’s perspective on the impact the Museum can have for Ontarians compelled her to offer support in a new way. 

Micropalaeontologist Francine McCarthy has studied our changing world for decades. She wants her legacy gift to help communicate the urgency of climate action and has entrusted ROM’s Climate Change Initiative with the task.

Remembered for her infectious energy and vibrant laugh, Vera Kircheis had a lifelong love of art and culture. Her remarkable spirit lives on through a family fund that will enable future generations to nurture similar passions at ROM.