Donna is the mother three adult children and proud grandmother and great-grandmother. She admits to almost learning too late about the real effect her practice of tough love had on her daughter, Jac's use of opioids.
It was late one evening that she received a call informing her that her daughter was going to lose her life from complications of her substance use.
That call led to her reconsidering her views and her actions around addiction.
"Don't let my life and the way I lived it be for nothing" was Jac's last wish.
To that end, Donna has dedicated herself to advocating for Global Drug Policy Reform to ensure no other substance user, or their loved ones, have to go through the hard taught lessons that her daughter provided her with.
Donna is also the founder and facilitator of Jac's voice-on living with addiction and mental illness and the Coordinator of the Canadian FED UP! Rally - A National Call to acton for evidence based Drug Policy in Canada.
Donna holds the positions of being the operations coordinator and the Canadian and International advocate for mumsDU.