Don Slinger 1922-2007

Posted date : Mar 18, 2007.Back to list

1922 - 2007

The Canadian Snowbird Association acknowledges, with regret, the passing of Donald Slinger.

Don Slinger, in his 86th year, was born in Guelph, Ontario.

He was elected as one of the five founding members of the Steering Committee which was formed to organize, what was later to become, the Canadian Snowbird Association (CSA).

Together with his wife Beth, the association became Don's third retirement career.

From his first role as a member of the CSA's original steering committee, Don quickly became the CSA's Communications Coordinator. 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.

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.

Following his term as CSA president, Don was appointed to serve on the Travel Insurance Council of Ontario.

A graduate of the Ontario Agricultural College, in professional life, Don 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 help establish a poultry enterprise under the auspices of a volunteer organization.

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.

Don continued to lobby the government for the benefit of others. He was also seeking fairness from the Pension Commission of Ontario when his retirement pension, and that of all of his former fellow employees, was abruptly cut in half.

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 4 children and 6 grandchildren.