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Canadian Print Scholarships honours Don Gain with new scholarship


January 19, 2021
By PrintAction Staff

The Board of Trustees at Canadian Print Scholarships was saddened to hear of the passing of industry veteran Don Gain at the end of December. To honour Don’s industry leadership, including the 15 years he spent volunteering with Canadian Print Scholarships, the organization is establishing a fundraising campaign to create a scholarship named for him.

Don was president and owner of Harmony Printing for 28 years, until his retirement in 2016. A passionate supporter of the printing industry in Canada, he served in many volunteer positions, including his time with Canadian Print Scholarships. He became involved as a Trustee in 2002, and within three years, became Chair of the Board. He received a number of awards for his service to the industry, was Chair of the Canadian Printing Industries Association, served on the Advisory Board at Ryerson University and was instrumental in developing the Heidelberg Centre for the Graphic Communications Management program at Ryerson.

“I am proud and honoured to have called Don Gain my good friend and esteemed industry colleague. He was an outstanding person who will be sorely missed, a man who has left his indelible mark on the Canadian print industry. Don was tirelessly dedicated to improving and helping the industry on several fronts, and in his own quiet way, went about contributing his time, energy, passion and commitment to ensuring a strong, vibrant future for us all,” said Jeff Ekstein, Chair, Canadian Print Scholarships.

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Canadian Print Scholarships has already received contributions to the campaign from Willow Printing Group, CJ Graphics, Advocate Printing and Publishing, Connecting for Results Inc., and Frank’s Maintenance Products.

“Don Gain was a future-focused leader with a passion for education and the youth aspiring to lead the industry he loved.  A mentor to many and a friend to all, he championed the Canadian Printing Industries Scholarship Trust Fund with contagious passion, a big smile and magnetic charm. His leadership changed our industry. I am humbled to support this lasting recognition of his leadership,” said Sean Murray, president of Advocate Printing and Publishing.

The fundraising goal is $30,000. Donations can be made online at https://www.canadahelps.org/en/dn/58501 or by contacting donate@printscholarships.ca.