From Humble Beginnings

The Kaye Edmonton Clinic was named to honour Donald Kaye's generous gift

Born and raised in the depression era near the tiny Hamlet of Brownvale, Alberta, Donald Kaye gained firsthand knowledge of the true value of a dollar. “No one in the community had very much. What you did have, you hung on to.”

Following the tragic death of his father, the young Donald Kaye, along with his brother, kept up the work on the family farm while attending school at the nearby village of Berwyn. For fun, he played baseball. “I didn’t have much time for anything else.”

After graduating from high school, Mr. Kaye worked with Canadian Propane in Prince George, BC and later with other national companies in Edmonton as a credit manager, all the time advancing his education by enrolling in courses at the University of Toronto’s Faculty of Extension, and the Banff School of Advanced Management.

In 1960 Mr. Kaye began investing in real estate. His first purchase was an apartment block in Edmonton’s Laurier Heights, followed by a shopping centre in Leduc and the Westbrook Shopping Centre in Edmonton. His investment portfolio also expanded into land development.


Through his cornerstone gift to the University Hospital Foundation, Mr. Kaye is ensuring that his story is far from over. He has transformed years of hard work, prudent decision-making and wise investing into one of the largest donations in the history of Canadian healthcare philanthropy. And in doing so, Mr. Kaye is advancing patient care and medical research in a way that is both intently focused, and broadly based.

"What he's done in making this gift to the University Hospital Foundation is set a baseline. There is money now available for research and projects in delivering clinical care in innovative ways that will last for a long time, and at the end of it, it will improve health care to benefit all of us," said Mr. Kaye’s friend and lawyer, Rick Ferguson.

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