Sonny started his career as a ministerial assistant to Maurice Sauvé, Cabinet Minister in the Lester B. Pearson government. He came to be a close friend of both Maurice and Jeanne Sauvé. He was instrumental in founding and leading the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation.
Originally, Jeanne and Maurice Sauvé created the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation in the 1990s as a forum for young leaders from around the world to come together in a series of conferences to discuss and think of innovative solutions to global problems. After Jeanne Sauvé passed away, Sonny helped Jeanne Sauvé’s son, Jean-Francois Sauvé and his wife, Diane de Mailly-Nesle Sauvé, run the foundation and was the driving force in creating the Sauvé Scholars Program, an in-house international leadership program based at the current Sauvé House at 1514 Dr. Penfield in Montreal. The intention was to follow Mme. Sauvé’s vision and create an incubator for leadership through a permanent forum that would offer exceptional young people the opportunity to come and live together, and work towards finding solutions to the major global issues of the day.
Sonny served as President of the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation and Chairman of the Sauvé Scholars Foundation from 2002 to 2012.
We are deeply grateful and appreciative of Sonny’s outstanding and lasting contribution to the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation. On behalf of the Sauvé family and the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, thank you Sonny for your skillful guidance and leadership over the many years! On behalf of all the young leaders who have been transformed into global change-makers through their time at the Jeanne Sauvé Foundation, thank you Sonny! On behalf of all the people around the world who continue to reap the benefits from the social impact projects implemented and developed by the young change-makers through their time at Sauvé House, thank you Sonny! May your soul rest in peace.
Contributions to his memory may be made to the “Sonny Gordon Memorial Fund” c/o McGill University Foundation, (514) 398-5000, or to the Dunham House, (450) 263-3434 or visit https://www.dunhamhouse.ca/.