Nelson City Councillor Donna McDonald.

Retirement party for city councillor

Nelson city Councillor Donna Macdonald is being honoured with a celebration organized by the Osprey Foundation on Monday.

Donna Macdonald has spent 19 years representing the citizens of Nelson on city council. She worked with five mayors. There were meetings too numerous to count — on everything from recycling to cultural development to the RDCK. If she never has to attend another meeting, that would be just fine with her.

Nelson city councillor Donna Macdonald is retiring, and this time it’s for keeps.

To honour her many years of dedication to the community, Osprey is inviting Nelsonites to “set her free” at a retirement celebration on Monday, November 24 from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Adventure Hotel.

The evening will feature tributes and music, entertainment and special guests. It will also be a fundraiser for Osprey Community Foundation, the local charitable foundation which Macdonald helped to establish in 2000 during a brief hiatus from city council.

In lieu of flowers or gifts, Macdonald wants everyone to come out, enjoy themselves, and make a donation to Osprey’s Community Fund.

“I love Osprey and all it has done and will forever do for our community,” Macdonald says. “There’s no better way to celebrate my retirement from politics than gathering for a fun party and giving a big boost to the Community Fund.”

Locals donating their time and talents during the evening include Nelson cultural ambassadors Corazon, Lucas Myers and Anne DeGrace; musicians Bessie Wapp and Clinton Swanson; former Nelson Star and Nelson Daily News editor Bob Hall; Nelson city manager Kevin Cormack; fellow Osprey founding director Marty Horswill; and other special guests.

Jocelyn Carver will emcee the event. There will be food and a cash bar, admission is free, and donations are encouraged. No tickets are required, but Osprey asks those planning to attend to RSVP so that organizers know how many to expect. Call 250-352-3643 or

This event is part of Osprey’s current $50K community fundraising challenge. For information, visit

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