HSHPE Mourns Donna Endicott
BELLEVILLE – Staff and board members at Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward are mourning the loss of one of its most active and influential supporters, Donna Endicott, who passed away unexpectedly on Monday, August 7, 2023.
Endicott, who served as HSHPE’s board chair from 2016 to early 2023, was a driving force in efforts to rebrand the organization and build a new shelter.
“Donna was a remarkable and dynamic individual who was very passionate about animal welfare and not afraid to speak her mind,” commented current HSHPE board chair Greg Sudds. “She provided guidance, wisdom and a fierce determination to get a new forever home built for the neglected and abused animals in our region, for this we are all forever grateful.”
“It is difficult to imagine an HSHPE without our Donna. Her force, experience, accomplishments and vision touched so many throughout her time as our board chair. Her strong legacy will be felt in this region for decades to come,” remarked Marilyn Lawrie, HSHPE executive director.
A nurse by training, Endicott moved back to the region after retiring as regional director for the Canadian Red Cross (Toronto Region) in 2000. As a Canadian Red Cross delegate, Donna was deployed for earthquake relief in Armenia (1988), Relief Administration in South Sudan (1989) and the American Red Cross during Hurricane Andrew’s devastation in 1992. She had previously served as executive director for Juvenile Diabetes Foundation (Toronto) and associate executive director for the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ontario.
Endicott had also served on the board of the Community Development Council (CDC), Three Oaks Foundation, and Friends of the Trail Inc.
She is survived by her husband Rensford (Butch) Nobes, son David and his wife Laura and granddaughter Rachel and dog Bailey, a dog the couple adopted from HSHPE.
Donations can be made in her memory to Humane Society Hastings Prince Edward.
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