Don Shumka has given decades of service to his community as a leader, philanthropist and community builder. An astute business person, he has volunteered his wise counsel to many non-profit organizations. With a special interest in arts and culture, he steered Ballet BC through pivotal times in the nineties laying a solid base for the thriving company it is today. He chaired the BC Arts Council from 2002 to 2009 where he guided the distribution of close to $100 million to thousands of provincial arts organizations. Today, he chairs the Emily Carr University of Art and Design Foundation. He is a ‘difference-maker’ and we honour his passionate contributions.