Donavon has been promoting and assisting youth into the trades and technology programs for over 25 years. He was presented an Honorary Diploma in Industrial Training from the Saskatchewan Institute of Applied Science and Technologies (SIAST) for the work that he has been doing in that area. His current position is the Executive Director for the Saskatoon Trades and Skills Centre (STSC) which partners with industry to develop programs to meet their needs to help vulnerable youth find employment. Presently over 80% of the STSC students that finish their program are still working after the 6 month follow-up.
His education background comes from 17.5 years of industry experience where he obtained an Interprovincial Red Seal Journeyman Electrical Certificate. He also has a B.Ed. and M.Ed. with 18.5 years of teaching experience (Vocational Education) in the Secondary Education system. He has delivered workshops and developed curriculum throughout the province of Saskatchewan.
Donavon has been involved with Skills Canada for over 20 years volunteering and sitting on different positions within the organization and is currently the Past-President for the National organization. He was also Canada’s Official Delegate at World Skills.