Donna M. WELLS

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  • "Dear Family and Friends of Donna, Remembering your beloved..."
    - Arlene Baillie de Graauw
  • "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their..."
    - Queen Street East Presbyterian Church
  • "Dear Feisty Donna, I treasured her friendship which began..."
    - Georgina King
  • "I knew Donna at Seneca and remember her wonderfully calm..."
    - Barb Shannon
  • "Donna was my neighbour at 1700 Eglinton. I will always..."
    - Janette Judge
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WELLS, Donna M. January 14, 1932 - August 25, 2017 Loving daughter of Dorothy and Bill Wood and the granddaughter of Dora and Alex Black, all of Toronto. Graduating in Nursing from Women's College School of Nursing and University of Toronto, Donna worked as a Head Nurse at Hamilton General Hospital and Mount Sinai Hospital, Toronto, and as a Nursing Teacher at Women's College Hospital. As a twenty-one year old, twenty-five weeks hostelling around Britain and Europe proved to be enhancing and formative. Donna was instrumental in the establishment of the York Regional School of Nursing. She was an elected member of the College of Nurses of Ontario for six years and served as a President in the early 80s. She also served on the Canadian Dental Association Educational Committee in the same decade. She became the Dean of Health Sciences at Seneca College and was their first female Vice President for six years prior to her retirement in 1992. From 1970, Donna served as an Elder in The Presbyterian Church in Canada through Iona Presbyterian Church, North York. She was also an active member of East Toronto Presbytery for two separate periods. Donna was exhilarated in her employment in the 90s as Returning Officer for the Don Valley West Riding in two consecutive Ontario Elections. Throughout her life, family and friends were constant sources of pleasure for Donna as was driving a car, politics, philosophy, travelling, teaching English as a Second Language and working on not-for-profit committees. Donna was most grateful for all the gracious and generous caring she received over the past year. A celebration of Donna's life will follow a Service of Thanksgiving at York Funeral Centre at 160 Beecroft Road, Toronto (416-221-3404), on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 at 12:00 p.m. Afterwards, join us there for lunch, coffee, tea, wine and good conversation. Donations if desired may be made to a charity of your choice. Online condolences may be made at
Published in the Toronto Star from Aug. 28 to Aug. 29, 2017