Saturday, April 20, 2024
April 20, 2024


Donna Martin
Aug. 12, 1948 – Jan. 11, 2020
It with immense heartbreak that we announce the loss of our beloved Donna. Born on Prince Edward Island, she hitchhiked across Canada, found Salt Spring Island in 1971 and never left. She loved the Salish Sea and with a gentle warrior heart, she worked to conserve and protect its ecology and support the rights and title of First Nations whose unceded lands we live on.

Our sincere thanks to this community for the love and care that have been so freely and generously given to Donna and our family. Our hearts are shattered yet we see a grand beauty of human love and caring twinned amidst this unexplainable tragedy and loss. The hands held out, the shoulders offered and the compassionate words have given our family courage and strength. There are not enough “thank you’s” to cover all those friends that have shared and listened. To each of you individually and to that collective whole that makes such a community, please know that you are all a permanent part of our hearts and memories as we find our way forward.

We will hold a celebration of life for Donna when the flowers are in bloom.

In lieu of sending flowers and cards, we will be in touch regarding donations to a cause dear to Donna’s heart.

With love and respect,
Michael, Tara, Bron and family


  1. Dear Michael, Tara, Bron and families…My heart breaks for all of you, she was indeed a magnificent woman…I had known her since her beginning on Salt Spring…sending huge love from my family and me

  2. Dear Bronwyn and family:
    We were sad to hear of the shocking news. Our thoughts and prayers are with you.
    Donna was in my high school class in 1965, and I have fond memories of Donna’s gentle spirit.

  3. It is with a heavy heart we hear about Donna’s passing. Donna rented the lovely cottage to my husband and I for a few years. Salt Spring has been our retreat ever since and it was kindled by Donna’s kind and gentle nature and the love she held for the land, nature and our shared stories of family and earlier years growing up in the maritimes. We discovered the announcement in the news when we came to Salt Spring for a vacation. Our sincere condolence to family and friends. Cathy & Andrew Taylor


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