In Memoriam: Donald Golob

DONALD GOLOBIn late October, IAP2 lost a good friend when Donald Golob passed away at the age of 60, following a lengthy and valiant battle with cancer. Donald started his own consulting business in 1995 in North Vancouver, providing facilitation, public participation and strategic planning services. He was also a founding member and past president of IAP2 BC and made significant contributions to the BC Chapter, the Canadian affiliate and the worldwide Federation.

His professional accomplishments aside, Donald was a friend. He was always there with advice, encouragement and a quick laugh for those who turned to him, and imparted a lot of wisdom to others making their way in this professional community.

The obituary notes that “he left us all with advice for the future: make the most of your life. He certainly made the most of his; completing the Pacific Crest Trail; trailrunning the North Shore mountains, the Knee Knacker and the Kusam Klimb; bagpiping, travelling the world; and being a super dad to his two boys. Work colleagues will recall his leadership and organizational skills, either facilitating with a not-for-profit or volunteering with IAP2. We all will miss his wit, intellect, insight and unique fashion sense.”

To help us remember Donald’s outstanding contributions to the BC Chapter and the profession as a whole, as well as to celebrate the contributions of our members today, IAP2 BC is pleased to announce the Donald Golob Award.

The purpose is to recognize an individual who has demonstrated outstanding leadership in advancing IAP2 Core Values, and has made valuable contributions to the IAP2 organization as a “voice of the membership” by advocating for strong governance and values-based processes either through their practice and/or through their service on the IAP2 BC Executive and/or in their own practice’s noteworthy actions to enhance the provincial, national and international profile of the IAP2 BC Chapter.

The annual $500 Donald Golob Award is funded jointly by IAP2 Canada and IAP2 BC, and is to be used for registration for an IAP2 Conference or professional development. For more information on the criteria and how to apply, click here.

5 thoughts on “In Memoriam: Donald Golob

  1. What a wonderful way to honour someone who has made such contributions to our profession and IAP2. Sad to hear of Donald’s passing but it’s nice to know his memory will be honoured.


  2. Donald was a great guy – and what a character. Who can forget the bagpipes, kilt and other cool duds at many IAP2 gatherings! We will all miss his wit, keen sense of saying what is important and when – and his leadership. All the best to his family and close friends. I am so glad there is an ongoing legacy in his name, a very worthy honour.

    Terry Koch
    IAP2 Wild Rose


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