When Donald Denny Gordon died in late January, the Comox Valley Community Foundation lost one of its greatest original supporters. Fortunately, the nature of his gifts to the CVCF means that Donald’s legacy will live on in perpetuity.

Since the CVCF was created in 1996, Donald demonstrated the many different ways a person can support the CVC Foundation.

As an individual, Donald together with his wife Marie created the Gordon Family Fund. This fund is one of more than 40 family funds maintained by the CVC Foundation. The income generated every year is awarded to various community groups as needs arise and priorities change.

As an owner of a company, Donald joined with his fellow shareholders to endow the Beecher Developments Bursary Fund. Every year, at least two young people (one vocational and one academic) receive generous assistance for their post-secondary studies. This bursary is Valley-wide rotating among the three local secondary schools each year.

A member of the King Salmon Club, Donald and his fishing friends enjoyed years of pleasure in our local waters. As their numbers dwindled, the remaining members decided to create a ‘field of interest fund’ with the CVC Foundation devoted to salmonid enhancement. Anyone with an interest in this field can donate to the King Salmon Fund and grants have been made to Project Watershed and other conservation minded groups.

Donald’s family and many friends have now made substantial gifts to the CVC Foundation in his memory. A fitting tribute to a man who, through his support to the CVCF, worked hard to enrich lives in the Comox Valley.