Speaker Bio:
Lieutenant Commander Donna Murakami



Speaking Topics:

Peacekeeping, Women in the Military, NATO, Nursing

Lieutenant Commander Donna Murakami, a native of Hamilton, Ontario and born on February 14, 1950. LCdr Murakami enrolled in the Naval Reserve in 1968 at HMCS STAR as an Administrative Clerk. She has served with the Reserves in a variety of training and staff positions at both HMCS STAR and HMCS YORK. LCdr Murakami was the first female to hold the position of Executive Officer at HMCS YORK. During the years of employment with the Naval Reserve LCdr Murakami had the opportunity to be the Vice Chair of the Civil and Military Cooperation syndicate at the Congress of Interallied Officers Reserve in Brussels, Belgium. She held this position for 4 years and was given the opportunity to visit several NATO countries during her tenure. While in Madrid, Spain LCdr Murakami was knighted as a Dame in the United Nations priory of the Knights of the Templar. LCdr Murakami was awarded the Canadian Decoration with 2 bars and the 50th and 60th Queen’s Jubilee medals and retired in 2004 after 35 years of service to her country. After graduation from Humber College with a Nursing Diploma she worked in Nursing in the Toronto area hospitals. In 1975, after leaving Nursing to attend military training, she was forced to change careers due to the cutbacks in the field of Nursing. She was hired into the Management Training Program at the Royal Bank of Canada. LCdr worked in a number of management positions both in the Branch network and in Head Office in Toronto. She has successfully completed the Canadian Securities Course and several training courses offered by the Bank to their employees. LCdr Murakami retired at the end of 2009 after 35 years of employment. Currently LCdr Murakami is involved in the following: • Immediate Past President of the Fort York Branch 165, Royal Canadian Legion • Treasurer of the Women’s Royal Canadian Naval Service (WRCNS) • Treasurer of the Nursing Sister’s Association of Toronto • Member of the Royal Military Institute of Toronto • Member of the Naval Club of Toronto (former Vice President) • Volunteer at Sunnybrook Hospital in the Veterans Centre as a wheelchair escort • Board member of the Veterans Advisory Board at Sunnybrook Hospital • Board member of the Toronto Legion Housing for Veterans aka Finchurst • Volunteers at a custom framing shop in Streetsville, Ontario

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