Don was born and raised in Montreal, but moved to Ottawa in 1996. He settled in Centretown because he felt that it offered the most diverse neighborhood within Ottawa. It had just the right mix of multiculturalism, arts and services, as well as a strong sense of community.
Don has always felt that your community is what you make it, and as such has devoted countless volunteer hours to Scouts Canada, the Royal Canadian Legion, and various community theatre groups both in and out of the city.
Don has close ties to the artistic community and has studied Theatre Arts at Algonquin College and Technical Production Management at the National Theatre School of Canada. He has served as the assistant production manager for the Banff Centre for the Arts’ theatre program, and has been a coordinator for the Ottawa International Children’s Festival, the Ottawa International Jazz Festival, and the Ottawa Folk Festival.
These days, Don is the manager of a bookstore, where he does what he can to promote child literacy. He also lends his talents as a stage director to several community theatre groups. In his spare time he is an avid photographer, amateur musician, and tries to do woodworking. He lives in the heart of Centretown with his wife Brenda and his 17-year-old cat.