Barbara Poole, another 50 Most alumna, also passed away in December 2012. Poole’s husband John, who passed away in 2007, was head of PCL Construction (founded by John’s father, as Poole Construction), but the couple was best know for their philanthropic work in Edmonton. The Pooles donated tens of millions to cultural organizations and social agencies including the Edmonton Community Foundation, the Alberta Ballet and the Citadel Theatre. But the Art Gallery of Alberta, reopened in 2010, was their greatest project. The pair donated $5 million to kick-start the campaign to renovate and re-brand the space, which has seen great success since its reopening. Through their generosity and their volunteer efforts, the Pooles helped make Edmonton what it is today.
Barbara Poole: Enduring Influence 2013
Takeaway: The Pooles donated tens of millions to cultural organizations and social agencies in Edmonton.