Donna began hiking Kilcona’s off-leash trails with Terra soon after 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.
Donna was elected to Kilcona Park Dog Club’s Board of Directors in 2010. For the past seven years she’s served as president, motivated by a love of dogs, a passionate interest in parks, and a desire to transform Winnipeg’s largest off-leash area into a premier dog park with first class amenities.
As president, Donna advocates on behalf of Kilcona’s dog community, representing KPDC members’ interests to the City. She also serves as president of the Winnipeg Network of Dog Owner Groups (WINDOG) – a coalition of the city’s off-leash stewardship organizations that lobbies on behalf of dog park users for high quality recreational off-leash space. Among its accomplishments WINDOG counts two successful “I own a dog AND I vote!” campaigns to elect a dog-friendly City Council and lobbying efforts to secure the City’s new off-leash dog park master plan, a road map for managing Winnipeg’s existing dog parks and creating new ones.
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 (Honours) from Queen’s University.