In Memoriam - Don Slinger

Spring 2007 CSANews Issue 62  |  Posted date : Jun 06, 2007.Back to list

CSANews regrets to announce the passing of Donald Slinger.

February 14, 1922 – March 18, 2007

Don was born in Guelph, Ontario. Following his five-year service in Europe during the Second World War, he graduated from the Ontario Agricultural College (now University of Guelph), then spent 32 years with the United Co-ops of Ontario in various senior management positions.

Upon retirement, Don, together with his wife Beth, moved to Panama to participate in the "Canadian Executive Services Overseas" program, which used his skills to help others internationally. Following his work in Panama, he served a six-year appointment by the Ontario Minister of Agriculture and Food to the Ontario Appeal Tribunal, which dealt primarily with problems of various provincial marketing boards.

In 1992, Don was elected as one of the five founding members of the steering committee formed to organize what was later to become the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA).
From his first role as a member of the CSA's original steering committee, Don quickly became the CSA's communications co-ordinator. In this position, Don spent his time promoting the association, pounding on the media's doors and bringing the CSA's message to the forefront in both Canada and the United States.

His leadership abilities being quickly recognized, he subsequently held the position of first vice-president and later, was elected president for the term 1996-1998.

Following his term as CSA president, Don was appointed to serve on the Travel Insurance Council of Ontario and continued to lobby the government for the benefit of others. He was also seeking fairness from the Pension Commission of Ontario after his retirement pension, and that of all of his former fellow employees, was abruptly cut in half.

Don is probably best known for his fearless defence of the Canada Health Act. The many government initiatives and accomplishments during his presidency have been well documented in the CSANews over the years and behind each one, you can see Don's leadership and vision.

In 1998, Don proudly received the Seniors Achievement Award "in recognition of outstanding contribution to the Citizens of Ontario."

Don will long be remembered as the true embodiment of the goals, dreams and successes of the Canadian Snowbird Association.

Don and his wife Beth celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary in August of 2006. They have four children and six grandchildren.

Goodbye, Don. God bless.