Donna Macdonald receives BC Achievement Award

Retired city councillor Donna Macdonald has spearheaded dozens of community initiatives inside and outside of municipal politics.

Donna Macdonald working as a forest technician in the Kootenays in 1975.

Nelson’s Donna Macdonald is among 35 British Columbians to receive the 2015 BC Community Achievement Award.

The BC Achievement Foundation’s website states: “Having served 19 years on Nelson city council, Macdonald has spearheaded many significant city initiatives including the cultural development committee, affordable housing, social planning, recreation facilities and the development of Nelson’s waterfront pathway. She was a leader and champion for the Osprey Community Foundation and Nelson CARES Society.”

“I was completely surprised, and as the news sank in I started to feel excited and pleased,” said Macdonald in an interview with the Star.

Asked which of her achievements she is most proud of, she said “I am proud of all of them but the Osprey Community Foundation and Nelson CARES are such important foundational pieces of our community and that work was very gratifying. None of the things listed did I do myself — they were a part of efforts that involved other people.”

The accomplishments Macdonald was recognized for are all relatively recent. However, even in her early days in Nelson in the 1970s and ‘80s, before she became a politician, Macdonald was very active in the community. She was a safe home volunteer, and under her editorship the weekly newspaper What’s On became The Express. She was a founder of the women’s centre, Nelson Family Place, and a local chapter of the Sierra Club.

“I guess the theme that cuts across it all is the effort to build a vibrant and resilient community,” she said. “Much of the work I have done has been focussed on building a better community.”

Macdonald is working on a book, “about my experience on city council and how local governments are structured and how they work. It is fundamentally a desire to have more people more engaged in local government from an informed position, in the hope that we can build community together in civil and productive ways.”

Having been involved in library boards at the local and provincial level for several years, in May Macdonald will become president of the BC Library Trustees Association.

Each BC Achievement Awards recipient will receive a certificate and a medallion designed by BC artist Robert Davidson. Recipients are chosen by an independent panel consisting partly of past recipients.

The BC Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established with an $8 million one-time endowment from the provincial government in 2003. The foundation also sponsors awards for aboriginal business, applied art and design, aboriginal art, and non-fiction.

Just Posted

Company granted leave to appeal Lemon Creek charges

Executive Flight Centre won a decision in the BC Court of Appeal

Police: cougar still wandering Nelson

The cougar was seen in Lakeside Park

Burlesque fundraiser to benefit Sinixt

Reclaim: A Powerful Evening of Indigenous Burlesque Art runs May 29 at the Capitol Theatre

Nelson to hire climate change co-ordinator

The new position is being funded by a $125,000 grant

Glacier Gymnastics big winner in annual grant funding

Columbia Basin Trust doled out $1.4 million in grants to the regional organizations

Killer of Calgary mother, daughter gets no parole for 50 years

A jury found Edward Downey guilty last year in the deaths of Sara Baillie, 34, and five-year-old Taliyah Marsman

Raptors beat Bucks 120-102 to even series at 2-2

Lowry pours in 25 as Toronto moves within two games of NBA Finals

Body of missing snowmobiler recovered from Great Slave Lake

Police confirm the body is that of one of three missing snowmobilers

Toddler seriously injured after falling from Okanagan balcony

RCMP are investigating after a two-year-old boy fell from the balcony of an apartment in Kelowna

Cost jumps 35% for Trans-Canada Highway widening in B.C.

Revelstoke-area stretch first awarded under new union deal

Is vegan food a human right? Ontario firefighter battling B.C. blaze argues it is

Adam Knauff says he had to go hungry some days because there was no vegan food

Winds helping in battle against fire threatening northern Alberta town

Nearly 5,000 people have cleared out of High Level and nearby First Nation

B.C. sends 267 firefighters to help battle Alberta wildfires

Out of control fires have forced evacuations in the province

Most Read