Wright is well known for his lifetime contributions,
his philanthropy, and his passion for music. He has
been recognized in many ways including: the Order of
Canada, two honorary degrees, and Canada’s 125th
anniversary medal. In 1935 he and Lillian Meighen, daughter
of former Prime Minister Arthur Meighen, married and
together they began their legacy, a love of music and
In his youth, Don and his brothers founded the Wright
Brother’s Orchestra. As a student at the University
of Western Ontario, he was deeply involved in music.
Don taught at Sir Adam Beck Collegiate, and then became
Director of Music for the City of London. A hallmark
contribution to music education includes Don’s
Youthful Voices Series. After war service Don moved
into radio, the Don Wright Chorus was then formed, its
popularity attracting attention from CBC, NBC, and others.
1959 he wrote the music for the opening of the St. Lawrence
Seaway, and was presented to HRH Queen Elizabeth II
and President Eisenhower. Later, his writing of hundreds
of jingles for radio and television, earned him the
title of Canada’s “jingle king”.
At 13 universities across Canada, there are more than
34 endowed scholarships - Don’s kindness continues.