Donald Walker is retired and lives in Markham, ON, Canada and at his country residence, Bosky Shore, in Prince Edward County, ON. He devotes his time to volunteerism, federal and provincial politics, blogging, gardening, fitness and travel. For twenty-eight years, he held a progressive succession of positions with the Government of Ontario in policy development and program management.
Donald has been a member of the boards of directors of a wide range of philanthropic and environmental organizations including the Friends of Glendon College, Frontrunners Toronto (of which he was a founder in 1986), Out & Out Club, Toronto, Wilderness Adventurers and the Sierra Club of Ontario. Since retiring he has volunteered as member-services co-ordinator for the Canadian Lesbian and Gay Archives and as a researcher/writer with Casey House Foundation.
Donald has bicycle-toured in Canada, the USA, France and Italy and pursued more leisurely travel in Argentina, Antartica, Chile, China, France, Hong Kong SAR, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Portugal, Spain, Singapore, Thailand, The United Kingdom, Uruguay and Vietnam as well as throughout North America and the Caribbean.
Before moving to the city for university and his career, Donald was raised on a dairy farm in Wellington County, ON, son of a 4th generation descendent of pioneer settlers in the county and a first generation immigrant from England. While an urban resident, he retains an affection for rural and northern Ontario and a special empathy for the concerns of non-urban Ontarians.