Honouring Donna


The 2014 Algoma University John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner will take place on Friday, November 14 at Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites at 6:00pm. This year’s dinner will honour Donna Hilsinger.

Donna Hilsinger is well-known in the hospitality sector. Hilsinger is the General Manager of Algoma’s Water Tower Inn and Suites. She always looks for opportunities to promote her business, tourism, the community, the arts, and innovative partnerships. In addition to running a successful hotel, Hilsinger is also involved in the community. She is the President of the Algoma Fall Festival; Past Chair of Tourism Sault Ste. Marie; Member of the Sault Ste. Marie EDC; Chairperson of the Sault Trails Action Committee; Member of Tourism Northern Ontario board; Co-Organizer of the Northern Ontario Algoma U Business Case Competition, among others.
Hilsinger is also involved in community fundraisers, including the John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner; Soo Sings for Kids; Dr. Roberta Bondar Recognition Dinner; Dr. David Walde Retirement Dinner; An Evening with Stephen Lewis; and the Sault Area Hospital Foundation. Her efforts have been dually recognized, earning the Algoma University Senate Award (2014); Leading Women Building Communities Award from the Province of Ontario (2013); the coveted Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal (2012); Chamber of Commerce ATHENA Award (2012); Sault Ste. Marie Business & Professional Women’s Award (2012); and the Northern Ontario Business, Influential Woman of the Year Award (2008).

Donna Hilsinger
Donna Hilsinger

“Donna Hilsinger is an exemplary citizen of Sault Ste. Marie who is committed to the future growth and betterment of our city and its community members. Her entrepreneurial work, volunteerism, and charitable work demonstrate her commitment to the people of Northern Ontario,” said Les Dunbar, Chair of the John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner Planning Committee. “This dinner is a great opportunity for all of us to thank her and recognize her contributions to our community and to show our appreciation for her efforts.”
The John R. Rhodes Scholarship was established in 1979 thanks to generous contributions from friends and family of the late John Rhodes. The prestigious scholarship, valued at $3,000, is offered to a local high school graduate who best embodies the integrity, leadership, and commitment to community service demonstrated by Rhodes throughout his life as a broadcaster, community member, and politician. The scholarship is renewable for up to three additional years providing the recipient maintains a minimum average of 80.0 percent each academic year.

Tickets for the John R. Rhodes Scholarship Dinner are $125.00 per person and are available by contacting Bev Teller, CFRE Alumni & Development Officer at 705-949-2301, ext. 4125, or at [email protected]


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