For the past five years, Donald and his wife, Louise, have lived in Peace River. They have four adult children and seven grandchildren. Donald is the band director at Glenmary School and has previously taught in Edmonton, Sherwood Park, Fort Saskatchewan, Kuwait, and Pakistan. But before making a mid-life career change into teaching, Donald spent almost 20 years in the fertilizer business, working for Sherritt Gordon and Agrium in many capacities: labourer, process operator, marketing representative, and in new products development. He has degrees in Economics and Education.