Red Deer Polytechnic released the following statement about the legacy of local entrepreneur, philanthropist, and community builder, Jack Donald.  

“On behalf of the Red Deer Polytechnic community, we would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of Jack Donald.  

Jack was a true champion and friend of Red Deer Polytechnic.  

His commitment to our community was deeply felt at RDP through his many contributions and his focus on ensuring an exceptional higher education experience for students in central Alberta.  

Jack served as a member of the Red Deer College Board of Governors from 1979-1982, and as a member of the Volunteer Campaign Cabinet for the College’s Building Communities Through Learning Campaign from 2006-2010. A true entrepreneurial spirit, Jack spent countless hours engaging with our students and faculty, sharing his wisdom as both a mentor and guest speaker.  

Jack and wife, Joan, remained ardent supporters of Red Deer Polytechnic since its inception, and could often be seen attending events and providing their support to initiatives here at RDP. The Donalds are always among the first to step forward with their generosity and active participation because they believe in the power of education, and because they believe in our students and the immense impact that students have on the world around them.  

Indeed, Jack and Joan together have created a legacy of community building. A legacy that includes the establishment of the Donald School of Business, Science and Computing, and the Donald Heath & Wellness Centre at Red Deer Polytechnic. 

Jack’s legacy continues to touch the lives of thousands of students each and every day and will have an indelible impact on our community, the province of Alberta and beyond for years to come.  

In Jack’s honour, the Red Deer Polytechnic flags on campus have been lowered to half-staff.”