Gina has been married to Paul for over 50 years. Together they produced three sons and now have nine grandchildren. Both Paul and Gina have been involved in the community as leaders and supporters of many charities.
From the 1970’s Gina has been on many boards including Epilepsy Toronto, The National Art Centre, Metropolitan Toronto Zoological Society, Art Gallery of Ontario and The Jerusalem Foundation of Canada. In 1979 she and Paul started the Herbie Fund at the Hospital for Sick Children. For over 35 years, Gina was the key person serving as President and helping to raise millions of dollars to save hundreds of children around the world in need of life-saving surgery.
After studying art, public relations, advertising and journalism, Gina started her career as Advertising Manager of Carswell, Law Book Publishers. After a hiatus to raise her three sons, she went back to full-time work as a Citizenship Court Judge where she served the federal government for eight years.
In 2007 Gina was the honouree “Local Hero in a Global Village”. Funds raised where split between the Gina Godfrey Mediation Project in the Jane-Finch Corridor and the Kadoorie School in the Northern Galilee whose student population was multi-cultural. She is also the recipient of the Queen’s Anniversary Medal.
Today she is best-known as an artist and owns Gina Godfrey Gallery. For the third year in a row she has been invited create a sculpture for the Brain Project in support of brain health at Baycrest Health Sciences. These sculptures have been seen around at City Hall Square and Yorkdale Shopping Centre. For five years she hand-painted an army helmet to be auctioned off at the True Patriot Love gala, in support of families of our armed forces as well as our veterans.
This year, Gina is proud to be co-honouree with Paul for the Da Vinci Gala in support of Thyroid Cancer.