Donna grew up in Northern Ontario before moving to Toronto to study broadcasting. She worked in the broadcast industry across Ontario and Quebec before moving to Hamilton to join CHCH Television. Donna has volunteered her time on numerous boards and agencies both at the local and federal level. In 2000, Donna founded a cutting edge, digital news service. Donna has been recognized widely for her contribution to her community and was named Woman of the Year in Politics and Public Affairs by the YWCA. Donna lives in the riding of Flamborough Glanbrook with her two sons.