Donna and Terra have been hiking Kilcona’s off-leash trails since the family moved to North Kildonan in 2001. Franklin - Kilcona’s champion mouse hunter - joined the pack in 2004, and Hudson - the dog park “Nibbler” - in 2006.
In 2010 Donna was elected Kilcona Park Dog Club’s Board of Directors. For the past four years she’s served as President, motivated by a love of dogs and a passionate interest in transforming Kilcona’s under-developed off-leash area into a premier dog park with well-constructed, well-maintained trails and first class amenities.
As President, Donna advocates advocates on behalf of Kilcona’s dog community representing members’ interests to the City. In 2014 she was elected Vice President of the Winnipeg Network of Dog Owner Groups (WINDOG) – a coalition of the city’s off-leash stewardship organizations that has lobbies on behalf of dog park users for high quality recreational off-leash space. WINDOG lead a successful “I own a dog AND I vote!” campaign in 2014 to elect a dog-friendly Mayor and Council.
Donna credits her professional experience as a Parks Canada Visitor Services Officer, Park Superintendent and park management consultant, and a lifetime of “bus man’s holidays” in parks around the world for her capacity to understand the needs of park visitors, protect the resource and identify appropriate solutions to park management issues.
As a former journalist, Donna enjoys the creative aspect of her volunteer position – contributing articles for KPDC’S website and creating educational materials. She has a BA (Hons) from Queen’s University.