Her quick fabulous smile, luxurious white hair, her welcoming demeanor and on the phone the cheery, inimitable “Donna Here!” are images and sounds that will remain with us.
Generous, compassionate, warm, resourceful, clever, articulate, environmental advocacy, openness, dedicated, steady, supportive, loving, caring. intuitive, skilled, humble, unselfish, genuine, fun-loving and easy to laugh….. All these qualities fit her like a glove.
Donna joined Bruce Peninsula Hospice in 2001. She served in many roles and has left our organization a legacy with all her contributions. As a Client Care Volunteer and Client Care Coordinator she touched the lives of many people, accompanying them on their journey as well as providing support and companionship for client’s family and caregivers.
As a member and chair of the Communications committee, Donna was instrumental in the design of Bruce Peninsula Hospice’s first published brochure and also contributed articles to the local papers. She produced and edited the newsletter for many years. She served as a member of the Volunteer committee, the PCCCC, assisting with the bylaws and preparation work for incorporation in 2006, and coordinated bereavement walks in Lion’s Head.
She has been very instrumental in the fundraising efforts of Bruce Peninsula Hospice, especially with Hike for Hospice held annually in May. Committed to education, she participated in every advanced and ongoing training course offered in our area and shared her knowledge in training workshops for new volunteers.
Bruce Peninsula Hospice was fortunate to value her formally with 5, 10 and 15 year recognition through the Ontario Service Awards. In 2010 she was formally acknowledged by Hospice Palliative Care Ontario through the June Callwood Award for Outstanding Volunteers and in 2014 by Northern Bruce Peninsula Volunteer Recognition Award.
A caring wife, mother and grandmother, Donna was a dedicated participant in her community of Northern Bruce Peninsula.
For many years she volunteered at Golden Dawn, with Home and Community Support Service (Meals on Wheels), Lion’s Head Hospital Auxiliary, Lion’s Head Curling Club and Bruce Peninsula Society of Artists. She loved hiking and kayaking and was a committed member of the Bruce Trail Conservancy and the Bruce Peninsula Environmental Group. She also grew and sold her vegetables at the Lion’s Head market, engaged in bee keeping and honey production as well as cooking and preserving many fruits and vegetables for home and gift giving.
A well rounded 21st century woman.
Donna was an outstanding example of commitment to the betterment of her community. She will remain a wonderful model to us all.
We are ALL better for having known and loved her.