Oregon State College, 1951, MSc, Ornamental Horticulture
Donald Fisher was born in Elm Creek, Manitoba , in 1925, but spent his formative years in Winnipeg . He met his future wife, Clare, while serving in the RCAF, and married her in September 1945, two weeks before enrolling at UBC under the DVA program.
His first job after graduation in 1949 with a BSA was as a BC Landscape Inspector for Central Mortgage and Housing Projects. Later that year he entered a Master’s program in Ornamental Horticulture at Oregon State College.
From 1950-1965 Donald was involved in top management positions within a local wholesale grocery business, working for companies such as Kelly Douglas, W.H. Malkins, and Chess Brothers. In 1965, a job offer from Caravo Growers of California resulted in a challenging year opening a new produce operation in Hawaii , where he catered to the Waikiki hotel trade and the military.
Upon his return to Canada in 1966,until retirement in 1987, he worked for Agriculture Canada as the BC Markets Information Officer in the Dairy, Fruits and Vegetables Division. He was privileged to serve in several capacities during these years: President of BC Fruit Wholesalers Association, BC Director of Canadian Fruit Wholesalers Association, Chair for the 1963 Canadian Fruit Wholesalers Convention in Vancouver , President of BC Professional Institute for the Public Service of Canada, and Director for the BC and Yukon on the National Body.
In 1995 Mr and Mrs Fisher sold their home of 29 years in West Vancouver to settle in Victoria where they currently reside. In 2002 they celebrated their 57th Wedding Anniversary and are grateful for their family of three children and six grandchildren, and for the “kindness the powers that have been shown to them throughout their lives.”