Don has worked in the cultural sector for over 25 years, first at the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in Marketing, Customer Service and Development, then at Tafelmusik, Canada’s Baroque Orchestra as the Director of Development. While at Tafelmusik Don helped the organization establish a one-million-dollar endowment and increased their corporate and individual donors. In 2003 Don moved to the Writers’ Trust of Canada where he was Director of Fund Development and from 2005 to 2012 he was Executive Director. The Writers’ Trust is a national organization dedicated to making the lives of professional Canadian writers better. In 2012 Don retired and is now splitting his time between Toronto and Fort Lauderdale and traveling to places on his ‘bucket list’. He has a seat on the board of Toronto’s Word on the Street and he is part of a group helping to create a Canadian women’s writing prize for fiction (called the The Carol Shields Prize for Fiction). A launch date has not been established. Don had the adventure of a lifetime — in 1989 he ‘retired’ for the first time, packed his bags and moved to Montserrat in the West Indies. He survived hurricane Hugo, which hit the island as a category five storm and then in 2004 he sold his home on the island two months before the dormant volcano erupted for the first time in 400 years.