was born in 1955 in the
province of Nova Scotia which is on the east coast of
Canada. He graduated from high school and took a two year diploma
course in Radio & Television Arts at Confederation College
in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada.
After graduating from college, he was employed by CKPR /
CFRD television in Thunder Bay for 3 1/2 years in their
videotape and master control operations. In 1977 he obtained
employment in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) and has been employed
at a broadcasting station there since then. Up until 1998 he
was working in the videotape and master control center. Most
of the computer software used in those locations during the later portion of that
time was written by him.
Since 1998 he has been involved with news editing and live
newscast playout co-ordination. He's written two manuals on the
video server and automation system that was introduced and
installed in 2000 and those manuals have now been forwarded and in
use at several locations in Canada as well as several places in
the United States. He holds an amateur radio certificate.
Donald's father was a WWII veteran and had worked for the Nova
Scotia power company in his earlier years following the war, in
his later years he ran a poultry warehouse.
Donald is married and has 3 children.
Donald is mostly self-taught, and understands most all electrical
wiring procedures in the context of a residential setting. There
are very few things that he can't wire. He has done most of his
own automobile repairs including replacing a rack and pinion
steering which as a DIY'er saved him a lot of money, although
mobility issues in recent years makes that more difficult now.
Drawing on that knowledge he joined up with another person to
previously co-author self help home improvement websites which
become one of the most popular websites on the web.
Up to his mid twenties he was as able bodied as anyone. Since the
start of the 1980's have experienced a gradually decreasing in
mobility / walking ability that has slowly degraded over the last
30 years. Today he has limited walking ability, and use a cane /
wheelchair and scooter to get around.
He has founded many websites over the years and has now combined
all that into SELF HELP MEGA, adding on to that continually
his lifetime experiences and knowledge.
In 2012 he retired from a almost 38 year career in the operation
side of television broadcasting.
The previous websites he created and co-authored...
These 2 sites where sold in 2007