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panel members differed in their conclusions. But that never seemed a problem
for Ian, who enjoyed the respect and admiration of the entire court.
Courageously independent, Ian crafted reasons for his decisions that were
more than models of clarity. Equally important, his reasons were always
respectful—not only of those who argued before him, but also of those with
whom he presided. Whether or not he consciously set out to contribute to
judicial collegiality, Ian more than played his part in its achievement.
But this remembrance would not be complete without mention of a project
that demonstrates the humility, kindness and compassion that John
Donald spoke of in his mentioned tribute to his father.
For several years, Ian spent Saturday mornings volunteering with the
“Showers for the Shelterless Program” of St. Augustine’s Social Justice Committee,
at Kitsilano Community Centre, where teams of committed volunteers
assisted the homeless. Ian’s participation was both unique and valued
as he became acquainted with and admired by many of Vancouver’s less fortunate
Ian Donald was, as his son said, a gentleman and a gentle man.
The Honourable Ross Collver, Q.C.
1. “Dissenting Judge in B.C. Teachers Case Gives Hope
for Supreme Court Appeal”, Rabble (19 May 2015),
David Brian Thomas
David Brian Thomas passed away unexpectedly on
October 2, 2018 at the age of 37. He is survived by his
wife, daughter, parents, brother, aunts, uncles and
other family as well as many lifelong friends.
David graduated from the Peter A. Allard School of
Law at UBC in 2011. During law school he volunteered
with the Law Students’ Legal Advice Program,
He served as a judicial intern at the B.C. Provincial Court and articled for
Jonathan Israels and Emmet Duncan in Vancouver. He was called to the B.C.
bar in 2012 and continued to practise criminal defence as an associate with