Barbara Poole, widow of the late John Poole, of Poole Construction, which became PCL in 1977, was a renowned Edmonton philanthropist. She passed away Monday, December 17, in Edmonton, Alberta. This news brings great sadness to the many PCLers who knew Mrs. Poole and her unwavering commitment to the community.
“Mrs. Poole’s infectious energy, constant goodwill, steadfast commitment to sharing, and boundless grace will be missed by all of us who knew her,” said Paul Douglas, president and CEO. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to her family during this difficult time.”
John and Barbara Poole attending PCL’s Centennial celebrations in 2006
“FIRST LADY OF PHILANTHROPY”
Barbara was affectionately known as “Edmonton’s first lady of philanthropy” as she and her husband’s lifelong commitment made them a household name in the Edmonton community. In 1989, Barbara and John, along with George and Rae Poole and Robert and Shirley Stollery, each donated $5 million to the Edmonton Community Foundation to support educational programming and charities, reviving a once inactive charity into what’s now considered a great success. The Poole’s were strong advocates of the Arts, and also contributed to various educational and health institutions, including MacEwan University, the Banff Centre, and the University of Alberta Hospital Foundation.
In 2002, Barbara and John were recipients of Queen Elizabeth II Golden Jubilee Medals, and in 2004 they became the first couple to be jointly named to the Alberta Order of Excellence. After John passed away in 2007, Mrs. Poole continued to give back to the community, and was named an honorary chair of the Lois Hole Hospital.