High school trades teacher Tara McNeill of Fredericton, telecommunications engineer Mathieu Savoie of Moncton, national security analyst Johanne McInnis of Saint John, and commercial real estate advisor Donna Green of Moncton were honoured by NBCC with Alumni Recognition Awards in a virtual ceremony on Wednesday, November 3.
“With their many contributions to their professions and communities, these four alumni are truly representative of the significant impact that NBCC graduates have on New Brunswick’s social and economic prosperity,” said Mary Butler, President and CEO of NBCC. “NBCC’s story is best told through the success of our alumni and their influence in their communities.”
The building blocks of Donna Green’s strong leadership foundation were forged in the classrooms and hallways of NBCC. A 1987 graduate of the Business Technology program, Donna was surrounded by supportive classmates, caring mentors, and knowledgeable instructors as she set her goals for the future.
That future has included serving as the Marketing Director for Champlain Place, several management positions at a large communications company, owning and operating a small auto/trailer dealership, building a successful commercial real estate career as the sole female representative in the industry for half a decade, surviving breast cancer, and being a finalist for the 2020 Phenomenal Woman award from Business & Professional Women of Greater Moncton.
Known in the Greater Moncton region as an economic development specialist, Donna is a three-time member of the Cushman Wakefield Atlantic President’s Round Table. Over the years, Donna has advised hundreds of corporate and small businesses in the real estate world and played a key role in building the commercial downtown core and beyond. She also won several regional and national awards for her creative marketing while at Champlain Place.
When Donna was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2019, she turned a personal health crisis into a leadership opportunity. She created a Facebook group, Donna’s Tribe to share her story as a healing and sharing place for herself. The group soon transformed into a safe platform for all tribe members to tell their stories, learn about important prevention and healthy habits, and, most importantly, experience a space of positivity, empowerment, and celebration of wins.
Donna is an active volunteer in the community and beyond, as first Vice-President and representative of Business & Professional Women of Greater Moncton at a national roundtable on global women’s rights. She also led the real estate community’s drive to secure more than $40,000 in office equipment, including a new photocopier, for Crossroads for Women. Donna recently became a member of the ABreastARiver Dragon Boat team, now in training to compete in the 2022 races. A staunch advocate for women in business, she has helped many over the years with career tips, guidance, references, training, and industry expertise, including several of her fellow alumni.