Mayor's Arts Award for Philanthropy
A native British Columbian, Donald Shumka was born and raised in the Okanagan Valley, graduated from UBC and received an MBA from Harvard University. A firm believer in the role of arts and culture in creating better communities as well as being a catalyst for the new economy, he has been contributing to community organizations for more than 40 years.
Shumka has served as Chair of the Board of Emily Carr University of Art + Design (1986-1993), Ballet BC (1992-2002), and BC Arts Council (2002-2009). In 2003, he co-founded Friends of Carnegie to bring the arts to the Downtown Eastside. He remains heavily involved with fundraising efforts at Emily Carr, and sits on the Chair’s Advisory Committee at Science World.In 2010, he established the Balindwana Education Fund to provide high school education for 100 girls annually in rural Malawi, the first 15 have now entered university.