||For over 40 years Stuart has been a very active volunteer serving as a director of various arts organizations including; the Ontario Crafts Council (President 1983-84); the Canadian Crafts Council; the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts; and the Society of North American Goldsmiths (first Canadian President, 1996-2000). An enthusiastic volunteer with the Canadian Executive Service Organization (CESO), he served on assignments with native groups in Canada and with a variety of jewellery and craft industry related projects in Lesotho (Africa), Costa Rica, Sri Lanka, Bolivia and the Philippines.
Other honours bestowed upon Mr. Stuart include: membership in the Royal Canadian Academy of Arts (RCA), 1985; the John Mather Award for Service to the Crafts, 1986; the Jean A. Chalmers Award for Craft, 1994 that “recognizes innovation, excellence and contribution to the craft field”; the Order of Ontario, (O.Ont.), 2000, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Medal, 2002 and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. In 2016, he was the recipient of the Camphill Communities Ontario Community Action Award / Tribute Dinner. This award “celebrates the accomplishments of individual citizens whose visionary and practical contribution to community development significantly enhances our city’s cultural life”.
In October 2002, Donald A. Stuart was awarded Canada’s highest honour, the Order of Canada (C.M.), in recognition of his illustrious career as a craftsman, and educator. At the investiture, his citation read “his effect on Canada’s arts and crafts industry has been profound and lasting…..”.
“I want to design and make beautiful objects in such
a way that the beauty and craftsmanship”