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Celebrating Gordia Macdonald

September 24, 2019 – Halifax Nova Scotia

The Centre for Women in Business was fortunate to have Gordia Macdonald on the team for the last fifteen years. As one of our experienced business advisors, Gordia fully supported the integration of diverse, under-represented groups in corporate supply chains and was an early pioneer in her work to develop the early programs of supplier diversity in Atlantic Canada. Her diverse background and shining personality have helped countless women entrepreneurs accessing services through the Centre.

Originally a nurse, Gordia knows how to treat people with compassion. By running her own business in Annapolis Valley, she has personal experience in the many rewards and challenges that come with being a woman in business. As a mother and grandmother, she excels at nurturing those around her. The way she interacts with others and the knowledge she has graciously passed down has left a lasting impact on her clients as well as coworkers.

Gordia retired in the summer of 2019. A party in her honour was the obvious route, but a tangible representation of the impact she has had within her community was also warranted. To properly thank Gordia, she was presented with a dedicated leaf on the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour on August 14, 2019. Surrounded by past coworkers, clients, friends, and family, it was the perfect way to recognize the accomplishments and impact of such an incredible woman.

You can visit her leaf outside of the Mount Saint Vincent University McCain Building, and virtually at

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The only one of its kind in Canada, the Riva Spatz Women’s Wall of Honour showcases the names of more than 400 extraordinary women. Each named leaf on the wall represents a lasting tribute to women who have inspired others through their commitment to family, community or profession. The wall represents a commitment to the advocacy and advancement of women everywhere.

To learn more about how you can honour a woman or add your name to the wall, visit our website at, call 902-457-6764 or email

Celebrating exceptional women one leaf at a time.