By Maroon & White |
The University community lost a true Santamarian this year with the passing of Donny Jackson BA’95. An alumnus, supporter, and staff person, Donny was a familiar sight, having worked on campus since 1988. Over these last three decades, he touched many lives, including those of fellow staff, students, and alumni.
However sad, many friends and colleagues decided to turn their grief into celebration through the existing Donny Jackson Bursary. Originally created by Chuck Bridges EMBA’92 and his family in 2008, the bursary is for those students who are completing an Arts degree, similar to Donny, and have demonstrated financial need. Since his passing, dozens of individuals and groups on campus have come together to give back in Donny’s name.
“We all liked Donny a lot and wanted to honour his memory by contributing to the bursary,” says co-worker Bob Mosher in the Maintenance and Trade Shop. Bob notes that a tree has been planted near the McNally Building in recognition of Donny’s years of service. “Donny always had a smile for everyone, and knew how to joke and carry on, too!”
Donny’s death has highlighted the willingness of Santamarians to join together in recognition of those who have made a difference in our University community. Though Donny will never be forgotten for his contributions to campus life, the bursary in his name will help his spirit live on.