The environment is important to me as a citizen first, and more specifically as an athlete and as an aspiring architect: increasingly we are all becoming aware of our personal stake in the air quality of our planet. Personally, I am thinking of our stake in the quality of the air we breathe from a number of different perspectives. As an athlete in Beijing we delayed training and competing due to air quality. And as an intern architect, I specialize in retrofitting houses with energy-efficient fixtures, such as heat-conserving cladding.
Before changing my life around to becoming a dedicated athlete, I devoted my life to being an activist locally with my city council, nationally with Environment Canada and globally with the UN. I still carry both passions close to my heart everyday, and I don't believe in choosing between being true to my beliefs in environmental activism and being an athlete. CAC brings these together.
Entering PhD at University of Toronto in Fall 2012. Completed Masters of Architecture degree at the University of Toronto while balancing part-time jobs and full-time training, Donna embodies the dream of those who have multiple passions and pursue them: she completed her Masters degree less than a week after taking the title of National Champion and being voted female athlete representative. Then, two weeks later she was the only Canadian at the World Cup Final in Rio, Brazil finishing in the top 25 of a super-elite field of competitors from around the world. Going to the London 2012 Summer Olympics!