The Life and Times of Carol Young – A Charity Fundraising Superstar

Mar 22, 2023 | Arts & Culture, Business, Politics

By Andrew Macdonald

  • Carol Young Dead – part of a power couple, spouse of John Young

A leading charity volunteer and recipient of the Order of Canada has died. She died March 21st, 2023.

Carol Young – Carol Davey Young – was also bestowed a St. Mary’s University honorary degree.

She was 81, and recently became a resident of Parkland at the Gardens seniors home in Downtown Halifax.

A leading Liberal volunteer and supporter she was predeceased last fall by her husband, 50-year-long corporate lawyer John Young.

The Macdonald Notebook will have more on Carol D. Young’s Life and Times in our upcoming weekend edition.

“She was a passionate advocate and a dedicated volunteer for a wide variety of charitable, community and non-profit organizations,” said St. Mary’s U. when it granted Carol an honourary degree.

Carol and lawyer John Young were top Movers & Shakers In Halifax Business, Charity and Political worlds. Notebook file photo.

“Carol served on the organizing committees that created Ronald McDonald House and the childrens’Discovery Centre in Halifax. She has served on boards as diverse as Neptune Theatre and the Life Sciences Development Association and is currently on the board and a member of the executive of the Pier 21 Society, Canada’s Immigration Museum”, said SMU.

For ten years Carol was a member of the board of the IWK Children’s Hospital; she was instrumental in the creation of the IWK Children’s Hospital Telethon and later served as chair of the IWK Foundation.

As well she was a member of the working group established by Health and Welfare Canada that formulated the guidelines for Child and Youth Long Term Services for Canadian hospitals.

“Committed to changing the way people think about mental illness, Carol is the immediate past chair of the Mental Health Foundation of Nova Scotia and was a member of the campaign cabinet for Opening Minds, the first-ever capital campaign for mental health in Nova Scotia.

“Growing up in Ottawa, Carol developed a life-long interest in public affairs. After completing her education at MacDonald Institute, now the University of Guelph, she joined the staff of the Minister of National Health and Welfare. In 1972, as special assistant to the Minister of Labour, she was responsible for overseeing the establishment of the National Advisory Council on the Status of Women in Canada,” said SMU.

“In recognition of her service to the community, Carol was chosen Outstanding Volunteer Fundraiser by the Canadian Society of Fundraising Executives,” added SMU.

“This honourary degree recognizes her service and leadership to the community. She exemplifies Saint Mary’s University’s longstanding tradition of providing service to communities at home and around the world,” said SMU.

The Macdonald Notebook will have more on the Life & Times of Carol Young in our upcoming weekend editions.

For the Life and Times of her spouse, lawyer John Young, click here to be taken to archived Notebook news articles.

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