Donna Britten (Wakelin) (’58)

Donna’s life motto was that you make a living by what you get, but you make a life by what you give. She lived each day with a grateful spirit and taught those around her to never lose their own voice. A voracious reader, Donna was also a skilled pianist, exceptional communicator, and a passionate teacher.

While at NT Donna was active in sports, music, and the G.A.A. She married classmate Jim Britten and they had a strong 53-year marriage. After graduation Donna briefly taught elementary school and was fondly remembered as the favourite Grade 7 teacher by a number of students from the class of ’68 at their 50th reunion.

Her teaching career was shortened when her middle child developed physical challenges, and she became an advocate for people with disabilities. Donna was past president of Community Living Toronto and also served in various capacities at the provincial level. In 2017 Donna received the Anne Oliver Award for her outstanding contributions to the work of Ontario Agencies Supporting Individuals with Special Needs.

Donna passed away on March 24, 2020

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