Donna has been the First Nation Education Coordinator for Anglophone School District West since 2012. Donna received her Bachelor of Arts degree with honours from St. Francis Xavier University, her Bachelor of Education with distinctions from St. Francis Xavier University and is currently finishing her Masters of Education in Curriculum Development with distinctions from UNB. She also has two certificates from Harvard Graduate School’s Masters in Indigenous Education Program, one in Pathways to Practice, and the other in Implementing Multiple Intelligences in Early Education. She is also enrolled in Leadership modules to complete her New Brunswick Principal’s Certificate. Donna is currently working with UNB to publish her paper “Curriculum Ideology and Indigenous Education”.
Donna grew up in Perth Andover New Brunswick and has travelled extensively across Canada. Her teaching career began in Saskatchewan within the Denee territory of Peter Pond Lake, as well as the Ojibway territory of Wasagamack, the Cree territory of Ebb and Flow, and in Onigaming, nestled in Objiway-Cree territory of North Western Ontario. She came to Anglophone West from the Mi’kmaq territory of Pictou Landing First Nation.
Donna leads numerous Indigenous initiatives across Anglophone West such as the “KAIROS Blanket Exercise”, “Orange Shirt Day”, and “The Legacy Project” all in commemoration of Canadian Indian Residential School Survivors. She is a chair of UNB’s “Red Shawl”, a member of the education team for Canada’s National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation, a member of the education team for the “Downey-Wenjack Foundation”, the New Brunswick representative for “Imagine A Canada” and is a member of the “Land-Based Education Team” at UNB.