Born and raised in Amherst, Nova Scotia, Don continued his education at Nova Scotia Agricultural College, Mount Allison University, and McGill University.
After 30 years as a public servant assessing many major projects in Newfoundland & Labrador under the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act as a Senior Habitat Biologist with Fisheries & Oceans Canada, Don retired back to Amherst.
Other past professional interests included being member of the NL Farm Loan Board, Chair of the Land Development Advisory Authority (LDAA) Appeal Board, Regional Director and National Vice President of the Professional Institute of Public Servants of Canada.
Since retirement, he was Chair of Trinity St. Stephen's United Church Council, member of the NS Environmental Assessment Board, past member and past Treasurer of the CREDA Board and past Chair of the Camp Ta-Wa-Si Board of Directors. In his spare time, he enjoys gardening!