Interview: Sabrina Verrilli, Manager of Community & Donor Engagement
Tell us a little about yourself!
Hi! My name is Sabrina Verrilli and I am the Manager of Community & Donor Engagement. Humber has always had a special place in my heart – it was my first job out of school! At the time we were working out of the Keele Legacy Site. Since then, I’ve worked at a couple other hospitals but it’s great to be back at Humber and have the opportunity to work at the new Wilson Site.
How would you explain your job to a friend?
I get to ensure that donors who give so generously to our Hospital feel good about donating to Humber. I have the pleasure of making sure that our donors are celebrated and kept up to date an on amazing impact they are having in our community.
Is there a Program of Care you have a personal connection to?
I feel a strong connection to the Apotex Emergency Department. Not only am I in awe of the compassionate and timely care that our front-line workers offer in such a high-pressure area but I also really love the new Patient Comfort Fund initiative. There are so many people in our community who are struggling to have their basic needs met and being able to ensure that when people turn to us in health crisis, they don’t have to worry about the cost of a taxi or a meal and can focus on healing is so amazing to me. I am so grateful that, through the generous support of donors, we are able to offer this to our patients.
What is the most interesting way technology is being used at Humber?
There are so many amazing ways technology is being used at Humber, it’s hard to pick just one! I would have to say the Integrated Bedside Terminals (IBTs) are one of the technologies that we use that are at the top of the list for me. Now more than ever I think it’s so great to be able to offer patients and their families the opportunity to “visit” with each other, even from afar and have the capability to access important documents and information right from the bedside.
Do you have a favourite project?
I really enjoy our WINK (Women in Kindness) Program. I think it’s such a great way to bring a group of powerful women together to support Humber. The fundraising model is so unique and the voting component adds another really cool element to the whole experience – allowing members to choose the various areas they want to support within the Hospital.
What is something you love to do in your time outside the office?
I have a little French bulldog with a huge personality who loves being outside as much as possible. We love to go for hikes at some of the off-leash trails and ravines throughout Toronto and explore the beautiful, unexpected nature in the city.
What inspires you?
I’m inspired by our community. From our donors who give so generously to our staff who work so tirelessly day in and day out and our patients who suffer traumatizing and scary moments and are just so resilient in the face adversity, these are the people that make it easy for me to come in to work every day.