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I didn't have the pleasure of knowing Donna well,but I had many interactions with her through extended family functions over many years.
Donna was a great friend and support to Kate in her last years and also of Jessica in her grief. She seemed to find time to help and comfort in spite of her busy schedule.
When we met at family events I found her to be intelligent, articulate and interesting.Despite my blinding ignorance of her field of study, she was always ready to explain points I didn't understand or teach me how to look at the world from her point of view.
I will miss her very much.
Please accept my sincere sympathy at the passing of Donna. I knew Donna through the Liberal Party of Canada. To say Donna was a committed, supportive, and crucial member of the Saanich Gulf Islands is an understatement! Her contribution was outstanding. It was a pleasure to have known her.
Our thoughts are with Donna's family at this time. Wayne worked with Donna and I got to know Donna through that connection. I always appreciated Donna's intellect, thoughtfulness and integrity. I know that she will be missed by family and friends.
Please accept my sincere condolences: I met with Dr. Donna Wood when she arrived in Victoria and at UVic. I worked with her on few research projects. Donna was an outstanding researcher of social policies and of the European Union - she was a wonderful contributor to the UVic European Studies program's research; her latest chapter on "The Social Dimension of the European Union" (with Heather Macrae is an example. Teachers and researchers in the UVic community and in Canada will remember her contribution; she was an inspirational example of what a determined and entrepreneurial researcher should be! She will be missed.
We valued our friendship with Donna and have wonderful memories of get-togethers in Edmonton, Victoria and Edinburgh. We mourn her loss. Our sincere condolences to Pat and to Samantha and Daniel and their families. Our thoughts are with you.
Barbara and Bill Winship
Donna was my Executive Director in IGR when I started my career in government as a practicum student in the late 1990's. She was an important role model in my career first as my ED and later as a social policy instructor at the University of Calgary in the social work program. She demanded much of us as students and staff, but only because she believed that we were capable, and this was incredibly empowering. Our paths crossed years later as she continued her research after leaving government, and it was wonderful to see her pursue her academic passions.
Sincerest of condolences to her family, friends and colleagues.
I offer my condolences to Donna's family. knew Donna primarily from her academic and research work and activism. She and I met in Edmonton as recently as this past February received her newsletter. Donna in her quiet, determined and articulate way made a major contribution to Canada's and Alberta's social policies.
My condolences to all that knew and loved Donna. I enjoyed working with her, she was an absolute pleasure back in the old Family and Social Services days. Thoughts and prayers to her entire family.
Donna and I met while she was working for the government in Alberta. She generously gave of her time to assist me in a research project. We kept in touch as she pursued her own academic career, first as a doctoral student and then as a highly respected researcher, instructor and author.
The recommendations that she made in regard to labour market policy and workforce development in the past decade have been largely adopted by the federal government over the past three years. She marshalled the evidence and presented in such a way that decision-makers could act to improve how unemployed and under-employed Canadians access and receive the services and training they need.
Donna published her final article early in 2019 on how to improve unemployment insurance in Canada. See: <https://atkinsonfoundation.ca/site/uploads/2019/02/Atkinson_EI-Report_13019-FINAL.pdf>
Her passion and commitment -- and willingness to help others -- will be missed.
I worked for Donna when she was the Director of Intergovernmental Relations within Alberta Family and Social Services. She was devoted to her job and made sure that we provided accurate and thorough analyses for the Senior Officials in the Department. No civil servant ever worked harder or more capably than Donna. On top of that, she was warm-hearted and supportive towards her staff and all those in need.
She will be missed by many, including me.
I had the privilege of meeting Donna about 5 years ago and to collaborate with her over the years since. She was passionate about her work, determined to track down every last piece of information and resolute to hold those in power to account. I was in awe of her scholarship as well as the life decisions she made to pursue learning and publishing. She rarely mentioned her illness so it was a great shock to learn of her passing. I will miss her resourcefulness and advice. My condolences to her family, she spoke often of the grandchildren.
Aunt Donna brought so much joy to her friends and family, and her loss will always be felt within us. All those family dinners and memorable barbecues on the back porch have created special memories for our family. Every conversation with Donna brought engagement and enlightenment, as she had a way of making each person feel listened to and cared for. We will celebrate all that Donna was and who she will always be in our minds.
In her own quietly principled way, Donna had an immense impact on our riding association. Never pushing forward but always ready to pitch in, her thoughtful contributions to the local policy briefing book in the lead-up to the 2015 ended up helping to shape the national platform.
Donna was a person of great experience in government affairs, both from her career in the Alberta public service and her doctoral studies in political science at the University of Victoria.
We will dearly miss her wisdom, her insight and her warm sense of humour. We send to her family our warmest thoughts and deepest sympathy.
Friends from the Federal Liberal riding association in Saanich Gulf Islands.
Missing Donna so much. She had such a positive attitude to life and a real passion for knowledge. I treasure the conversations and many experiences we had together. She will be in my mind forever.
Deepest condolences. Take care during this difficult time.
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