Most Excellent Companion Donaldson remained active in the Militia following his departure from the regular force, serving in
the Princess Louise Fusiliers, and later transferred to 33 Service Battalion
where he was promoted to Major in 1994. A secondment to the position of Senior
Staff Officer, Logistics Planning in Land Force Atlantic Area HQ included a
deployment to Bosnia for a six-month assignment as Senior Logistics Advisor
(G4) of the Stabilization Force in the former Yugoslavia in 1999.
He assumed command of 33 Service
Battalion the Battalion on 3rd May 2003 with the rank of Lieutenant
Colonel, and later was instructor of the Army Operations Course at Canadian
Land Staff Command and Staff College, and later Nova Scotia Liaison Officer
with the Canadian Forces Liaison Council; retiring from the Canadian Forces in
He has been involved in the Financial Management Institute of Canada
since 1989. He was elected President of the Halifax Chapter in 1994 and was the
Director of Liaison for Eastern Canada from 2001 to 2005. He is currently President
for the chapter for the fourth time.
Most Excellent Companion Donaldson was initiated into Prince
Consort Lodge No.52 Grand Registry of Quebec on 27th February
1973, Passed on 19th April and Raised 9th October of the
He was Exalted in Royal Union Chapter No.1 on Exalted on 22nd October 1977 and elected High Priest
in 1981. He has served as Grand Captain of the Host and as District Grand
Superintendant District No.1 from 1998 – 1990.
In 1980 joined Chebucto Council No.3 of Royal and Select
Masters and elected to Thrice Illustrious Master in 1989 and again in 2007. He
was the Grand Inspector for Nova Scotia 2011-12.
In 1995 he was Preceptor of Antiquity Preceptory No.5,
Knights Templar, Sovereign Great Priory of Canada, and Provincial Grand Prior
for Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island 2008-09. He is currently the Grand Masters
He became a member of the Nova Scotia York Rite College No. 132
in 1988 and currently holds the office of Herald.
He was invited to the Eastern Canada Priory No 19, Knights of
the York Cross of Honour in 2000 where currently holds the office of the Prior.
He was Enthroned Sovereign of Royal Edward Conclave No.8,
Grand Imperial Conclave of Canada in 2009, and is currently the Intendant
General, Atlantic Division.
He affiliated with Royal Standard Lodge No. 398 UGLE on 11th
December 1990 and served the office of Master for 1996 and 1997.
Companion Donaldson has resided in the Halifax Region since 1975 with his wife
Delia, and they have three children: Diana who is currently in Vancouver; Alexander
currently in Montreal; and Jennifer in Quebec City.