Ranil Mendis is an accountant by profession and has a combination of board level and work experience in the planning, funding and the delivery of social services in the Greater Toronto Area. He has been employed with the City of Toronto for well over two decades in the areas of Finance, Housing and Children’s Services. Ranil’s volunteer and board/committee level experience includes the provision of human services through the Peel Children’s Aid Society, Community Care Access Centre of Peel (CCAC), the Canadian Mental Health Association of Peel (CMHA), and the Peel Housing Corporation. Ranil has also served as a citizen representative on the board of the (former) City of York Parking.
This interview has been edited and condensed.
You were recently appointed to the board of Toronto Grace Health Centre. Congratulations! What are you most looking forward to in this new role?
Toronto Grace Health Centre (TGHC) is a historic healthcare institution in Toronto and I am proud to be a part of the team and very much looking forward to the experience. I have been a member of the Community Care Access Centre of Peel (CCAC) and Canadian Mental Health Association of Peel (CMHA) boards, where I have gained experience in the delivery of human services. That said, I look forward to sharing my knowledge and experience with this institution, while also learning from the TGHC as this is my first opportunity to be a part of a hospital board.
What contributions will you bring to this board?
At a time when we look at efficiencies in the delivery of human services across all sectors, I am looking forward to sharing my skills and experience in budgeting and finance, as well as my expertise in developing community partnerships to ensure best possible outcomes for our community with the limited available resources.
“Passion + Perseverance = Success.”
What drives you to serve on not-for-profit boards?
I firmly believe in the saying "you must try to leave this world a better place than you found it." I have been a lifelong volunteer and have been passionately involved in a variety of community development efforts. There is no greater satisfaction to me than when I see that my actions have made a positive impact on another person’s life.
If you could give one piece of advice to someone thinking about joining a board, what would it be?
If you have a passion to make a difference in the community in a particular area of your choice, you should go for it without hesitation, regardless of your education or experience. I have never played cricket at a level high enough to call myself a “professional cricketer” – but I am a huge fan and a passionate follower of the game of cricket. Through a nonprofit board – CIMA Canada – I led a team of volunteers to help launch GTA’s first ever School Cricket Tournament. Over 6000 school children benefited through this project. This is an exemple of how passion combined with perseverance produces success.