Service in one’s community is one of the best ways to help others and find yourself. Tom Cannavo believes and lives by this notion. Although working long hours as a trial lawyer in Buffalo, New York, Tom makes sure to find the time to volunteer in his community.
His appreciation and desire to serve came in large part due to his education. He attended St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute and Canisius College, each school rooted in the tradition of service. He took what he learned at each school to heart and is still involved with each of them. In fact, Tom has been active as an alumnus, having previously served as Vice President of the alumni board at St. Joes.
One of Tom’s more recent pursuits is his re-affiliation with the Knights of Columbus, an organization that he remembers fondly from his youth. The Knights of Columbus is a fraternal benefit society for Catholic men over 18 years of age. The Knights are an international organization created to promote Catholic education and provide charitable services. When Tom was a schoolboy, he was involved in youth basketball and bowling leagues at the Knights. As an adult father of two young sons, Tom is happy that they can have a safe and nurturing environment to socialize and play sports, as he did in his youth.
Tom is also on the school board at St. Mark’s School, where his two young sons attend. St. Mark’s mission to educate and serve is consistent with Tom’s education as a young adult. Tom serves on the school’s finance committee, and recently was a lead negotiator representing the administration in negotiating a groundbreaking new contract with the teacher’s union.
In addition, Tom volunteers his time with the Holy Name Society, a well respected service organization in the community. One of Tom’s main responsibilities is community outreach. This is a perfect position for Tom as he has spent his entire professional career and his higher education in the Buffalo community, and has built a large network.