Nelson's Donna Macdonald earns BC Community Achievement Award
Former Nelson City Councilor Donna Macdonald was honour recently in Victoria as one of 32 British Columbians recipients at the 13th annual British Columbia Community Achievement Awards.
The Ceremony, hosted by the Honourable Judith Guichon, OBC, Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia and Honourable Peter Fassbender presented each recipient with a BC Community Achievement Award medallion and certificate.
Keith Mitchell, QC represented the British Columbia Achievement Foundation, the award’s presenting organization.
Macdonald received the honor having served 19 years on Nelson city council, spearheading many significant city initiatives including the cultural development committee, affordable housing, social planning, recreation facilities and the development of Nelson’s waterfront pathway.
Macdonald, who founded the women’s centre, Nelson Family Place and a local chapter of the Sierra Club, was a leader and champion for the Osprey Community Foundation and Nelson CARES Society.
“Each one of the award recipients honoured today has made a lasting contribution to their communities and represents the best of British Columbia,” said Minister Fassbender.
“Their example teaches us what can be accomplished if we work together and their contributions and leadership inspire us all. It is a privilege to recognize their achievements.”
“Today’s honourees demonstrate that British Columbians are making a difference in every corner of our province,” said Mr. Mitchell.
“They exemplify what it is to go above and beyond; to do what needs to be done and to give without question their time and energy for the betterment of their communities.”
Macdonald also was chosed one of two winners of the the 2016 Richard Carver Award for Emerging Writers, sponsored by the Nelson and District Arts Council and the Elephant Mountain Literary Festival.
Macdonald’s memoir Surviving City Hall was released this spring, and she has two more writing projects on the drawing board.
The jury recognized her “unwavering commitment to the arts, as she truly does embody the spirit of the Carver Award.”
Macdonald remembers Richard Carver, who served on the Arts Council, the Nelson Library board, and who was a regular at Nelson City Council meetings.
The British Columbia Achievement Foundation is an independent foundation established and endowed by the province of B.C. to celebrate excellence in the arts, humanities, enterprise and community service.
Launched in 2003, the awards were the first initiative of the foundation, followed by the B.C. Creative Achievement Award for Applied Art and Design, B.C.’s National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the B.C. Creative Achievement Award for First Nations’ Art, and the B.C. Aboriginal Business Awards.