This couple’s devotion to nurturing and serving others in their careers continued as Donna specialized in special education while James became a public servant, holding a number of executive positions for some of the largest cities in Canada. He completed his full-time municipal work as the City Manager for Burlington, Ontario. He now is an author and municipal government consultant. James has spent years of overtime serving our large Canadian communities while Donna has held their home life together, raising their son, working full-time teaching, quilting, knitting and volunteering with organizations like the local food banks.
In their cherished off-time, they love birdwatching. They keep a list of all the birds they have sighted. James is an avid photographer, as such he has an expansive collection of aviary photos. James also does extensive research on bird species and was explaining to me how ravens are incredibly intelligent.
After writing this story I proposed to Donna that she might like to illustrate it with knitting. She laughed and grimaced. Well two years later with the help of Carol we have managed to create what we call ‘knitstrations”. We hope that this story might inspire more ‘knitstrated’ stories.
You can read more about Donna, James, and our mutual friend Carol.