Senator Wieckowski's statement on the passing of Fremont environmental leader Donna Olsen

July 10, 2020

FREMONT – State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) released the following statement on the passing of Donna Olsen, a Fremont community activist and founder of the Tri-City Ecology Center. She died yesterday morning at the age of 88.

“For almost 50 years, Donna Olsen was the driving force of the Tri-City Ecology Center (TCEC), an organization she founded in 1971. The TCEC opened a recycling center that year and in the nearly half century since, has continually worked on environmental issues in southern Alameda County. I was proud to honor the TCEC as the 10th Senate District’s Nonprofit of the Year in 2016.

“Donna stood at the center of all the successes the TCEC has achieved. From helping to expand the Don Edwards San Francisco Bay National Wildlife Refuge and protecting wetlands, to advocating for environmental improvements, she was the one constant who drove the organization’s efforts forward. Fremont’s hillside is preserved today because of TCEC’s spearheading of the successful 1981 Fremont Hill Initiative.

“Donna continued to edit the organization’s monthly newsletter, The Eco-Logic, to the end. She would assemble articles and information from members and local organizations, publicizing upcoming events and highlighting the latest news on the environmental front.

“Her dedication and commitment never wavered. Those of us lucky enough to have known her will always remember her intellect, compassion, love of nature and warmth. She will be dearly missed.”