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Don was born in Kamloops B.C. and met his wife Linda in his first full time job with the Bank of Montreal.
They have lived in Kamloops, Vancouver, Regina, Yellowknife, Whitehorse and Brooks (since 1988).
Don has a number of interests which include politics. Don and Linda love to travel and have taken many trips domestically and abroad. They have visited every province and territory in Canada and are proud Canadians. They have also taken several trips to Mexico, the last three years with their grandchildren.
Other countries include China, Guatemala, Nicarragua, Cuba, Thailand, Costa Rica, Belieze, and Haita (see personal interests)
They love to camp and has instilled this interest in their five grandboys ( aged 3 to 8). They particularly enjoy Cypress Hills Provincial Park where the own a condominium and spend many weekends with family and friends. Don is also an lifetime avid sports fans with favourite teams being the B.C. Lions, Montreal Canadians, Toronto Blue Jays and the Brooks Bandits. He particularly enjoys taking his grandchildren to games.
Don's education in economics has made him a bit of stock market junkie - he spends several hours a day on this past time.
Don also writes a weekly political column for the Medicine Hat News.
Don has been acttivley involved in many organizations over the years:
He was a founding member of:
The Brooks Food Bank
Brooks Women's Safe Shelter
Habitat for Humanity Brooks District
Brooks Crime Stoppers
Brooks Police Committee
Brooks and District Drug Task Force
He is currently the Board Chair for Ashton's Place Youth Centre and Wildrose Alliance Party, Strathmore Brooks Constituency.
Don and Linda have been involved with Samaratans Purse and travelled to Nigaragua in 2007 to deliver shoe boxes to isolated communities. Don also went on a Mission Trip to Mexico where he spent a week at an orpanage for abandoned children.
After the earthquake in Haitia in January 2010, Don and Linda's daugther Karen (and husband Riley) adobted a boy from Haiti. This special interest lead to Don and Linda travelleing to Haiti in October 2010 to witness the devestation and remediation efforts. " This and our experiences in Nicaragua were the most profound events of my lifetime" stated Don.
Don is working with "Lifeline Haiti" and in looking at the possiblity of operating the organization's micro financing arm.
Don has been involved in dozens of organizations in his carreer.
He has been very active in politics and has served on the Board of Directors of the Reform Party, the Canadian Alliance and the Conservative Party of Canada. He is a founding member of the Wildrose Party of Alberta and currently serves as the President of the Strathmore Brooks Constituency.
He has served on dozens of organizations and has organized many fund raising activities. Recent fund raising events include:
Ashton's Place Youth Centre and Seniors Outreach
Wildrose Alliance ( two events)
World Cup Curling
Southern Alberta Summer Games
Womens Safe Shetler
Habitat for Humanity
In 1973 Don, completed his Bachelors Degree in Economics and obtained his Master's Degree in Economics in 1976 from the University of British Columbia.
Don Completed his Real Estate Course in 2008, and has been practicing since that time.
Don worked as a Management trainee with the Bank of Montreal after graduating from High School After getting his Bathelors Degree in Economics (Honours) he worked as a budget anayst with the Government of Saskatchewan in 1973- 74. He subsequently returned to University and after graduation with a Masters Degree in Economics (University of British Columbia) he and wife Linda moved to Yellowknife Northwest Territories in 1976.
Don worked as an Economist with the Government of the Northwest Territoiries until 1980 when he obtained the positions of Director of Tourism and Superintendent of Parks. He kept this position until 1986 when they moved to Whitehorse Yudon where he was Director of Tourism Development for the the Government of Yukon.
Don and Linda moved to Brooks in 1988 to own and operate the McDonalds restaurant. They ran the restaurant until 2000. Don was also the Mayor of Brooks from 1998 to 2007, and has been involved in dozens of charitable organizations and is presently Chair of Ashton's Place Youth Center and Chairs the Wildrose Alliance Strathmore/Brooks constituency.
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