Donelda Joan Parker (nee Knight), born in Meaford ON, passed peacefully at her home in Vancouver BC, with family at her side, on October 20, 2022 at the age of 86.
Donelda earned a Master’s degree in Nursing, and in addition to her clinical work, she shared her knowledge through teaching and research in university and hospital settings in Canada and abroad. Over her long and satisfying career, she held faculty positions at the University of British Columbia and University of Alberta, Australia Advanced Education College in Canberra, and Guru Nanak College of Nursing in Punjab, India, and served as Acting Principal at the Church of England Mission Hospital School of Nursing in Wusasa, Nigeria.
Raised in a musical family, Donelda studied piano in her youth and maintained a lifelong passion for classical music as a listener, chorister and accompanist. Her creativity extended to a variety of needlecrafts, and she was a prolific seamstress. Always full of energy and movement, Donelda enjoyed walking, cycling, badminton, and gardening, fueled by a daily scoop (or two) of ice cream. Donelda was an active member of every church community to which she belonged, especially that of Christ Church Cathedral in Vancouver, whose commitment to fellowship, inclusiveness, and social outreach was dear to her heart. She took on many leadership roles, but equally embraced opportunities to deepen her faith through book and bible study groups.
Donelda will be missed and remembered not only as an accomplished individual, but as a loving and supportive parent and grandparent.
Donelda leaves behind her two children, Mark Ellis and Niko Knight; two grandchildren, Alistair Kornelsen (Alison) and Matthew Ellis; brother Allan Knight (Jane) and sister Geraldine Kunica (Richard), and many nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husband, Walter Parker, and her grandson, Isaak Kornelsen.