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2016 Clan Donald Canada Annual General Meeting

Oct 14 & 15, 2016 at Best Western Glengarry, Truro, NS

Guests from Scotland will be attendance.

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The Achievement Award Winners
Please note: We have only included a brief write-up about each of the recipients. There is much more information on each person which can be acquired by contacting the Nova Scotia Provincial Commissioner.

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John Colin MacDonald and his wife Mildred
Achievement Award Recipient 1987

John C. born in Little Judique Ponds, Inverness County Cape Breton son of John J. and Mary Ellen (MacDonald) MacDonald. He was a retired fisherman, served in the Department of National Defense during World War II, was a founding Member of the Maryville Lobster Cannery Co-op where he was also Secretary-Treasurer. His life long dream was to see the completion of a book of genealogy on the two Clanranald families. The "Bogainn" MacDonald of Little Judique and The "Clann Sheumais" MacDonalds of Little Judique and Long Point. This genealogy is titled "FAIR IS THE PLACE", ISBN -0-9692277-0-1 John C. & his wife Mildred (Doucette) MacDonald were co-authors of "Fair is the Place".

Honorable Allan J. MacEachern
Achievement Award Recipient 1988

Allan Joseph MacEachern , P.C., B.A. ,M.A., LL.D., D.C.L. Educator and Politician.Born (1921-) in Inverness, son of Angus & Annie (Gillis) MacEachen, his paternal ancester came to Hillsdale Inverness county from Eigg, Scotland about 1895. He was educated at St. Francis Xavier University (B.A., 1944); Toronto (M.A.,1946); Chicago; and The Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and from 1946 was a Professor at St. Francis Xavier University He was Head of the Economies Department at that University until 1653 when he was elected to the House of Commons of Canada as a Liberal representing Inverness-Richmond. Allan MacEachern was appointed Minister of Labor in the Pearson Cabinet in 1963, and Minister of Health and Welfare in the same Cabinet in 1965. Honourary degrees have been awarded him by: St. Francis Xavier; (LL.D, 1964) Acadia (D.C.L..,) He is unmarried, and in religion is a Roman Catholic. (See: Who's Who in Canada 1969-1970)

Dr. Margaret MacDonell
Achievement Award Recipient 1989

Born in Hillsdale, Inverness County, the daughter of William and Sarah (MacEachern) MacDonell, Educated at St. Francis Xavier (B.A., 1954), Columbia University, (M.A., (History) 1961) and Harvard University, (Ph.D., 1969). she taught school and was Principal of Holy Angels Convent, Sydney 1954 to 1965, Principal and Superior at Mount St. Bernard Ladies College, Antigonish 1980 to 1986.Dr. Margaret has been chairman of the Department of Celtic Studies at St. Francis Xavier University and is a renowned Gaelic scholar. She is author of "The Emigrant Experience" a collection of Gaelic poems which she had translated into English, verse by Highland Bards. She along with John Shaw wrote Luircean Eachainn nill published by Acair of Stonaway, Scotland, this book is a collection of folk tales.

The Honorable Flora MacDonald, P.C.
Achievement Award Recipient 1990

Born 1926 and educated in North Sydney, N S. she is a Graduate of the Empire Business College and, in 1972 became the first woman to successfully complete the National Defense College's one-year course in Canadian and International Studies. Many honourary degrees were awarded her: University of Main; Queen's University; MacMaster; Mount St. Vincent; Acadia; State University of New York; York University and Royal MilitaryCollege. Miss MacDonald served as Executive director of the Progressive Conservative National Headquarters from 1957 to 1966;six years as Administrative Officer and Tutor in the Department of Political Studies at Queen's University and National Secretary of the Progressive Conservative Association of Canada (1966-1969)

Dr. Harry A. MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 1991

Born at Hardwood Hill, Pictou County, Nova Scotia, son of Kenneth J. and Maud E. (Grant) MacDonald. His great great grandfather, Donald MacDonald of Glencoe, Argyle, Scotland arrived in Pictou, Nova Scotia on the 'Aurora" in 1802. Educated in Scotch Hill Elementary School, Nova Scotia Agriculture College, Truro, McGill (B. Sc., 1937); Cornell University (M.S. 1938); and Cornell (Ph. D., 1943). Dr. MacDonald was appointed a Graduate Assistant in Agronomy at Cornell in 1938 after having served the experimental farms of the Canadian Department of Agriculture for several years in Nappan, N. S. At Cornell he was appointed Instructor in Agronomy 1941-1944; Assistant Professor 1944-1947; Associate Professor 1947-1950 and Professor 1950 to retirement in 1975 at which time he became professor Emeritus, thus completing 34 years as a member of the faculty of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. At the time of his retirement he was credited with publishing and collaborating in the publishing of twenty nine books and papers in his field. Dr. MacDonald was twice married, his first wife, the late Jessie Freeman, they had two sons; Allan and Bruce. His second wife was Beryl Cheney, also deceased.

The Very Reverend W. Clarke MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 1992

The Very Reverend W. Clarke MacDonald ,B. A; M. Div: D. D. , born at Green Hill, Pictou County the son of George D. and Estelle (Harris) MacDonald. Educated in local schools, Dalhousie University (B. A.) and Pine Hill Divinity College (M. Div. ) and was ordained in 1943. He spent mere than 25 years serving pastorates in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Toronto. He held the office of Secretary of the Board of Evangelism and Social Services of the National Church and later as Deputy Secretary of the Division of Mission in Canada for many years. He is the Author of a publication "Don't Stop the World". In 1982 he was appointed Moderator of the United Church of Canada. Prior to his retirement in 1985 he was Chaplain of the Hart House in the Univerity of Toronto. He continues to be active in workshops and as a guest speaker. Rev. and Mrs. MacDonald have three children and three grandchildren.

John "Brother" MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 1993

Born in Sydney Mines, NS, Son of James and Clementine MacDonald, his father James was born in Little Judique, his Mother was born in Port Hood, Nova Scotia. Her maiden name was MacLellan.. John "Brother" wife Helene (Almond) MacDonald died in 1964, they had two children: Sharon Elizabeth and Joseph Almon.. John "Brother graduated from Sydney High School, St. Frances Xavier University, Antigonish with a B. S., Pre. Med. Biology and McGill University of Montreal B.Sc., Major in Physical Education. John "Brother" came to New Glasgow in1945 to play Hockey for the Bombers and after graduating from St. F. X. and McGill accepted a position on the New Glasgow High School Staff as Director of Physical Education. He also served as an instructor for the New Glasgow high School Cadet Corps. He taught school for 31 years.

Dr. John James MacDonald, "Dr. J.J."
Achievement Award Recipient 1994

Educator, Scientist and Advisor. Born and originally educated in New Glasgow, N. S. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University with a B.Sc. in 1945, M. A. from the University of Toronto in 1947, and Ph. D. in B. Sc. in Chemistry from the University of Toronto in 1951. He joined St. Francis Xavier University as Professor of Chemistry in 1949 and became the University's first Dean of Science in 1960, first Academic Vice-president in 1070 and first Executive-president in 1978, a position he held until his retirement in 1991. He was at the time the longest serving university executive in Canada. He has been active in his own community, including chairman of the Town Planning Board for Antigonish from 1962-1968, and Chairman of the St. Martha's Hospital Board of Directors from1984-1990, overseeing construction of the new Regional Hospital.

Dr. Winnifred Chafe
Achievement Award Recipient 1995

Born in Glace Bay N. S. Winnifred MacMullin Chafe is the eldest of five remaining children of Rod MacMullin and Christina (Macdonald). She married the now deceased, Michael Chafe and to date, She Still living in Glace Bay where they raised a family of three daughters. All three are marred and share her interest in music. A renowned violinist, Winnie's music has entertained music lovers North America. and the United Kingdom. Her professional appearances are numerous. numerous including such places as Ontario, New York, USA, London, Edinburgh, Inverness, in Scotland. She has also been featured on C B C National Radio & C. B. C. TV. Her great love and respect for our culture was nourished in her early years. Winnie's love affair with her violin began at age nine and continues to-day. She has organized and continues to direct two groups of fiddlers: The Cape Breton Strathspey and Reel Society and the Cape Breton Youth Fiddlers. She also continues to teach Scottish Violin Classes in her native Cape Breton and delights audiences with her public appearances.

Senator John Michael MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 1996

He was burn on May 3rd. 1906, in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, the son of Joseph and Teresa Macdonald. The Honourable J. M. was also a former Nova Scotia, Cabinet Minister. He received his early education in North Sydney and later attended St. Frances Xavier University and Dalhousie University. In 1988 he was honoured by his Alma Mater, St. Francis Xavier with an Honourary Doctor of Laws Degree. Along with his many career and professional achievements, John M, Macdonald was an active member of his community. This is evident in his participation in such organizations as the North Sydney Board of Trade, where he served as Secretary. For many years he was involved in the Scouting movement on Cape Breton Island, served on the Executive for the Armstrong Branch 19 of the Royal Canadian Legion, and is Honourary President of the Branch. As an involved Rotarian he showed a special interest in disabled children and never missed an opportunity to visit with a sick child.

Ronald Angus MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 1997

First Commissioner of Clan Donald Nova Scotia. Born in Antigonish, son of Angus Roland MacDonald and Marie (MacInnis) MacDonald. He received his education at Morrison School, Antigonish High School and St. Francis Xavier University, graduating in 1960 (B.A. cum laude) He graduated from Dalhousie Law School in 1969. At St. F. X. he was active in the Glee Club, debating, Varsity Track and Field, Junior Varsity Basketball, Interclass Debating, News Editor of the Xavierian Weekly and in Model Parliament. Following graduation from St. F. X.. he entered the family clothing business (D. D. MacDonald Ltd.) as manager from 1961 to 1966 when he entered Law School. from 1969 to 1981 he practiced law at which time he was appointed to the Provincial Court of Nova Scotia, where he served until the summer of 1989when he returned to the family business. In 1972 he Married Janet Shea, R.N. of Guysborough & Antigonish and they have 5 children Christine, Roslyn, Jean, Heather Anne, Ian & Sarah.

Henry Edgar "Duff" MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 1998

"Duff" was born in Sydney Mines, Nova Scotia, on March 13, 1918. He was the son of William James and Eva Way MacDonald "Duff" graduated from Sydney Mines High School in 1936 and from Mount Allison University with a B. S.c., in 1936. He did post graduate work at Mount Allison University in 1940 and at the University of Toronto in 1947. Duff began his teaching career at Mount Allison Academy in 1940, but left in 1942 to join the Royal Canadian Artillery. He taught at New Glasgow High School from 1947 - 1954 and was principal of New Glasgow Junior School from 1954 - 1976. He retired in 1976. "Duff's" extra-curricular actives are many. He was a founding member of, and the second Commissioner of Clan Donald Nova Scotia and is presently an active Life Member. "Duff" is a supporter of all things Scottish, including the Pictou County Branch Clan Donald Canada. He is married to Norma Jean MacKay their children are, Bruce, Ross and Ellen.

Reverend Malcolm MacDonell
Achievement Award Recipient 1999

Father Malcolm was born at Hill Side, Inverness county, Nova Scotia, on 15 January 1919. He is the son of William and Sarah (MacEachern) MacDonell. He attended St. Ninian School and Port Hood Academy in Inverness County. He graduated from St. Frances Xavier University with a B.A. in 1938 and received his M.A. from the University of Toronto in 1945. He was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest in 1945. At Convocation, The Memorial University of Newfoundland, in May, 1978, Otto G. Tucker, Deputy Public Orator, said of Father Malcolm: This man is an outstanding scholar, a respected professor, a humble priest -- a man of truly great compassion and genuinely good humor, a distinguished son of Nova Scotia Father MacDonell's professional career was spent at St. Francis Xavier University where he served as Dean of Men, Professor and Chairman of the Department of History, Alumni director, Dean of arts, and President and Vice Chancellor. Throughout his career he provided distinguished Leadership in the academic and administrative life of the university.

Honorary Colonel Douglas Stallard
Achievement Award Recipient 2000

Douglas Stallard was born in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia on February 14, 1922. He was the oldest of five children born to Sidney and Annie Elizabeth Stallard. Doug was educated in the New Glasgow public schools, but left after completion of Grade 10 to find employment. He worked on a farm, in the lumber woods, On a milk route and Eastern Bakeries. He managed time to participate in baseball, hockey, Scouts, trail Rangers and the 219 Army Cadet Corps. His love of airplanes led Doug to apply for enrollment in the RCAF in 1940. He was accepted to train as a wireless Operator-Air Gunner and trained in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, where he graduated at the top of his class. In 1987 a Branch of Clan Donald was organized in Pictou County and Doug was elected first Commissioner of the Branch for a two year term, he has since worked on many committees.

Rita MacIssac-Cameron
Achievement Award Recipient 2001

Rita MacIsaac-Cameron was born in Sydney, Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, in 1920. She was the daughter of Thomas and Anne Mary Power Coughlin, formerly of Harbour Grace and Duneville, Placentia Bay Newfoundland. Rita's father died in 1925, leaving nine children. In early 1926 Rita came to live with her foster parents Mr. and Mrs. Dan Gordon of James River, Antigonish, County. She attended the one room school in James River, completing grade 10. Rita completed Grade 12 at St. Andrew's High School and subsequently attended Maritime Business College in New Glasgow and success Business School in Truro. She also studied Accounting and Business Management at I. C. S. where she was on the Dean's List. Rita served as Commissioner of the Pictou County Branch, Clan Donald 19?? to 19?? and was the Female Commissioner of Clan Donald Nova Scotia. She worked on many of the projects which the Pictou County Branch and Clan Donald Nova Scotia have sponsored over the years.

John Y. MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 2002

John Y. MacDonald was born July 19, 1916 to Albert and Katie MacDonald, one of five children and grew up in Howie Centre, Cape Breton County. He attended Sydney River School and Sydney Academy. John was raised on a dairy farm, where he helped out after school and on holidays. In the 1940s, John became an agent for Massey Harris, a farm equipment company, and later became a partner in a Sydney car dealership which closed in 1959. In 1959, John joined another car dealership where he worked until he retired. In retirement, John has enjoyed gardening, boating, traveling, and spending time in researching his Scottish ancestry. John was married to the late Evelyn Williams and had three children: Diane, Roy, and Edna.

Ray Anthony
Achievement Award Recipient 2004

Raymond “Ray Mac” MacDonald was born January 17, 1934, in Sydney Mines, N.S. He graduated Notre Dame High School in1951, and attended Xavier Junior College, Sydney from 1951-1953. Ray started in radio, at age 19, at CJCB, Sydney. Ray worked with Winston “Scotty” Fitzgerald at CJCB in the 1950s. That solid introduction to Cape Breton fiddle music marked the beginning of a forty-six year radio career during which he played the music and promoted the Scottish culture of the area. Some of the tunes accompanied him to the North Shore of New Brunswick where, at CKBC Bathurst, he did the morning show and broadcasted hockey games at night.

Murdina (MacDonald) McRae
Achievement Award Recipient 2004

Murdina (MacDonald) McRae, R.N., S.C.M., B.A., was born on the Isle of Lewis, Scotland in 1934. Murdina graduated high school from Nicholson Institute, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis, Scotland; Glasgow Royal Infirmary School of Nursing, Scotland as a Registered Nurse, and Royal Maternity Hospital, Glasgow, Scotland as a State Registered Midwife. Murdina was at one time a Registered Nurse in British Columbia, Oregon, and Nova Scotia. Murdina received a B.A. in English from Acadia University in Nova Scotia. Since 1975, Murdina has taught Gaelic Classes in Kentville, mainly to adults but also to children. Every year she has about ten students for regular classes. Several reached a high level of fluency and have been able to be ‘immersed’ in Gaelic at St. Ann’s summer school. Some have become students of the language.

Mary Kathleen MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 2005

Mary Kathleen MacDonald was born in Little Pond, Prince Edward Island, one of six children of James and Mary Jane (MacDougall) MacDonald. She was a direct descendant of Captain John MacDonald of Glenaladale who came to Prince Edward Island on the ship “Alexander” in 1772 Kathleen started school at the age of seven in a small one room school. She attended St. Mary’s Convent in Souris. She then went to the former Prince of Wales College, Charlottetown, where she studied academic and teacher training. After a couple of years teaching in her home province, she came to teach in Antigonish County, Nova Scotia and later moved to schools in the town of Antigonish.

W.D.J. MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 2005

William Donald John MacDonald is a native of North Sydney, Cape Breton. “WDJ” or “Bill” and his wife, Thelma (Taylor) of Sydney, will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary in October. They have a son, Glenn. When Bill and Thelma lived in North Sydney, they attended St. Matthew’s Wesley United Church where Bill was an elder and Sunday school superintendent. In 1959, they moved to New Glasgow and became members of Trinity United Church where Bill has “held almost every job except janitor”; he was Clerk of Session for 21 years, and active elder for some 40 years and served as a lay preacher when the ministers went to conferences. He was a moving force in the addition of an extension of Trinity Church called the “Olding Murray Centre”. He was given the honor of becoming a “Lifetime Honorary Elder” on Easter Sunday, 2005 during the church service, for his continued support. Church has always been a very important part of his life.

Hugh Joseph MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 2006

Hugh Joseph MacDonald, B.A., M.Ed. was born in 1927 in Port Chester, New York, USA, son of Dan Hugh MacDonald and Margaret Gillis. His ancestors came from the Western Highlands of Scotland; his father’s from Ardnish and his mother’s from Arisaig. Ancestors, John MacDonald and family arrived in 1791, and John Gillis and family arrived in 1786. The MacDonalds settled in what is now Ardness, Pictou County, and the Gillises settled in what is now Arisaig, Antigonish County. Hugh’s parents moved from the United States when Hugh was a few months old, so his education began in Ardness Elementary School in Nova Scotia. He studied both grade eleven and grade twelve at home though and wrote the provincial exams to complete high school. Hugh went on to graduate from the Nova Scotia Teachers’ College in 1950. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Sir George Williams University (now called Concordia), and also received a Master of Education degree from St. Francis Xavier University; both of these degrees he obtained while working full time.

Mary Agnes MacLellan
Achievement Award Recipient 2006

Mary Agnes (MacDonald) MacLellan was born in Trenton, Nova Scotia and after two years moved with her parents, four brothers and three sisters to Egerton, Pictou County. Agnes, attended the local county school, following which she was enrolled at Mount Saint Bernard Antigonish. When she completed her studies in Antigonish, she attended the Normal College in Truro, from where she graduated with a superior first class licence. Her first teaching assignment was in Lunenburg County. She then moved back to Pictou County where she taught in her home school in Egerton. In 1938, Agnes married Donald MacLellan. With the outbreak of war, her husband joined the Royal Canadian Air Force. Donald’s plane was shot down in combat and he was killed, leaving Agnes with a young family of four children.

James "Jim" MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 2007

James Douglas MacDonald was born May 7, 1944, in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Jim’s grandfather, James Daniel MacDonald (1883-1972) was born and raised near Sunnybrae, Pictou County, Nova Scotia. “J.D.” moved to Winnipeg in 1914. He raised three children and was quite successful as an entrepreneur. Jim attended the University of Winnipeg Collegiate graduating in 1964. He attended the University of North Dakota from 1964-68, graduating with a B.Sc. in Business Administration, majoring in banking and finance. Mr. MacDonald received an honorary doctorate from the University of Winnipeg in 2005. Jim is Vice-President and Director of RBC Dominion Securities Inc. He has been an Investment Advisor with the firm in Winnipeg for 37 years.

Dorothy (MacDonald) Carter
Achievement Award Recipient 2007

Dorothy MacDonald Carter was born in Toronto on February 17, 1924. Her parents were Clifford Allen MacDonald of Westville, Pictou County and Anna Cameron of Riverton, Pictou County. She has one sister, Bessie Jean MacDonald.Dorothy’s early education was the “little white schoolhouse” in Riverton and the Hopewell elementary school. Her high school education was in Truro. She attended the Success Business College for one year and taught there for a second year. Dorothy’s first position was in Halifax at the Regional War Labour Board. This was followed by a year with O’Leary and Lee – a lobster packing company. Then she worked at the head office of National Sea Products Limited as Personal Secretary to the General manager.

Judge Clyde Finlay MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 2008

Judge Clyde Finlay Macdonald, B. Sc .L., Q. C. born in Sunny Brae, Pictou County, Nova Scotia is a direct descendant of Angus Macdonald from the Isle of Skye, Scotland. He settled in Lower Caledonia, Guysborough County, Nova Scotia and Clyde's grandfather, James Cumming MacDonald, moved to Sunny Brae in 1905. Clyde attended Sunny Brae School for eight grades, he then attended East Pictou Rural High School, Sutherland's River from where he graduated in 1960. In that same year he went on to Mt. Allison University on a Herbert S. Sharpe scholarship. In 1964 he graduated from Mt Allison with a B.Sc. degree.

Lowell Wilson MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 2009

Lowell Wilson MacDonald was born in the old Aberdeen Hospital in New Glasgow on August 30, 1941, a son for John and Velma Wilson MacDonald of Thorburn. Lowell’s ancestors, Finlay and Ann MacDonald hailed from Glen Urquhart, Scotland and with their five children, immigrated to Pictou in 1801 onboard the Sarah.
Lowell grew up in Thorburn and attended the Thorburn School and later East Pictou Rural High School in Sutherland’s River where he became a high school hockey legend. In the 1958-1959 hockey season, Lowell led East Pictou Rural High to the Headmasters A Hockey Championship in Nova Scotia. This was a major accomplishment as it was the first time a rural high school had won such a prestigious championship. This hockey team looked like a Clan Donald Gathering – the Coach was a MacDonald and six of the players were MacDonalds.
Lowell was a seventeen-year-old teenager when he graduated from high school and signed a contract with the Detroit Red Wings. Lowell spent thirteen years playing hockey in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, the Los Angeles Kings, and the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Edward Brundage MacQuarrie MacDonald
Achievement Award Recipient 2010

Edward Brundage MacQuarrie MacDonald was born at Hardwood Hill, Pictou County, in 1921. He is a direct descendant of Donald MacDonald of Glencoe, Scotland, who came to Pictou in 1802 on the Aurora. In 1942, Brundage joined the Canadian Army. After a period of training in Canada and England, Brundage joined in the liberation of Europe, seeing action in Holland and Belgium. In 1945, he was wounded in action near Niemegan, Holland, and that injury ended his fighting at the front, for the war was over by the time of his recovery. Before he went overseas he married Ella Elizabeth Naugler of Trenton. The marriage was to be blessed by three children - Gordon, Karen, and Allan - and further blessed by the good health of both spouses, for of course, Ella and Brundage are both with us today.

In 1945, Brundage returned to Pictou County and here he became involved in the building trades, first with Fraser, Mason and Fraser, and later on, from 1951, with Robert Higgins Co. Ltd. of Trenton, where, in due course, he was promoted to the position of Superintendent. At this point, I wish to pay tribute to the builders of our society, those who design and build and put together our homes and shops, and in doing so pay tribute to Brundage and his associates. In this respect I have come across a few stanzas that have some of the earmarks of antiquity. Who is the author? We can only speculate ... it might be Robert Burns, but then again, perhaps not.

Sae fair, sae fresh, the bonnie hoose,
And comfort lies within it.
Built sae straight and strong and true
No gust or storm may harm it
Our homes, our shops, our wee bairns' schools,
Stay up, if built within the rules
But the greatest structures fall apart
Without the master builder's art.

In 1984, Brundage retired from the public workplace and from that time on was able to pursue his interests in support of the Highland Scottish culture, including, of course, what was to be a strong dedication to the activities of the Clan Donald Societies, both at the provincial and national level. Just one year prior to his retirement, that is in 1983, Brundage had joined the Clan Donald Society of Pictou County, and, with retirement, he was able to devote a considerable amount of time to the welfare of that organization. Very quickly he took on greater responsibilities in Clan Donald. From 1990-1991 he was the Commissioner of Clan Donald Nova Scotia. One of the major accomplishments of Clan Donald at that time was to erect the magnificent Clan Donald Monument on the Tourist Bureau Grounds at the Pictou Rotary. For many years a considerable amount of thought and debate was passed back and forth on this issue, but nothing was ever done. Then the Clan Donald people of Pictou County, with Brundage in the middle of it all, launched a campaign for funds which resulted in more than $20,000.00 being raised in a period of eight months. With this funding, the handsome polished black granite monument was erected. In the summer of 1992, it was unveiled and dedicated in the presence of hundreds of Clan Donald members, supporters, and guests. Among the honoured guests were Ellice and Rosa

MacDonald of Delaware, who had been champions of important Clan Donald projects in the United States and Scotland, and who were delighted to see the energy and accomplishments of the Clan Donald in Nova Scotia.

Brundage did not restrict his efforts to the Clan Donald of Nova Scotia, but in the 1990s took a strong interest in Clan Donald Canada. Eventually he was named the High Commissioner for Clan Donald Canada. Needless to say, this posting introduced him to MacDonalds from coast to coast to coast in this great nation.

His interest in the Highland Culture took him to Scotland. From 1990 to 2001, Brundage visited Scotland on six different occasions and there have been more visits since then. While there, he visited Glencoe, from which area came his ancestors. As a representative of Clan Donald Canada, he became well known to the Clan Donald Chiefs, including the High Chief, Lord Godfrey Macdonald, as well as Donald MacDonell of Glengarry, Sir Ian MacDonald of Sleat, Ranald MacDonald of Glengarry, and Ranald MacDonald of Clanranald.

When Brundage MacDonald retired as High Commissioner of Clan Donald Canada, the membership in that organization stood at a record high of over 800 persons. Godfrey Macdonald wrote in 1998 to express his thanks, with his letter concluding ... "I am deeply indebted to you for your efforts. Clan Donald in Canada is now on a firm footing and will enjoy a great future".

As the years progressed further, expressions of appreciation came in Brundage's direction. In 2004, the Federation of Scottish Clans in Nova Scotia initiated an award to be given annually to a deserving member of the Federation in recognition of his or her contribution to Scottish culture in Nova Scotia. Brundage MacDonald was selected as the first recipient of this "Scot of the Year" award.

Despite the heavy load that Brundage had carried with respect to Clan Donald activities, he has not neglected other needs in his home community. He is an elder in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church (The Kirk) in New Glasgow. He is a valued member of the Pictou County Roots Society. He has been a volunteer in the Kidney Foundation, and has been a Past Master (1961-1962) of Westville Atar Lodge, A.F. and A.M.

Now I should take a moment to point out that Brundage MacDonald would not have been able to make the enormous contribution to Clan Donald and to the Scottish culture without the support of his good wife, Ella. Ella may not have been born with a "Mac" in her name, but she has become as dedicated a Highlander as you will find anywhere in this province, or in any province. And so, Ella, as we honour Brundage, we also honour you. As we remember Brundage's great contributions, so also we honour your participation in Clan Donald events and your support of your husband's activities in these important areas.

It has been a privilege to get to know Brundage. At the meetings of the Clan Donald he is always prepared, deals thoughtfully with the issues, raises important points, and always has the best interest of the Clan Donald in mind.

I now ask Brundage MacDonald to come forward and accept a recognition that has been long due to him, as we bestow on him the 2010 Achievement Award of the Clan Donald Society of Nova Scotia. And, I ask his wife, Ella, to join him and be at his side on this occasion and accept a gesture of our appreciation for her role in his success as well. And finally, I invite you all to stand and express your approval of what we are doing here this evening.


Hugh Allan "Buddy" MacMaster
Achievement Award Recipient 2011

Cape Breton's master fiddler.





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