Donna Thompson

Donna Thompson began her career as an actor, director and teacher. She started her second career as a disability activist, author, consultant and writer in 1988, when her son Nicholas was born with severe disabilities. She authored "The Four Walls of My Freedom: Lessons I've Learned From a Life of Caregiving" (House of Anansi Press, 2014). A frequent keynote speaker at disability and caregiving conferences, she blogs regularly on her website, "The Caregivers' Living Room", www.donnathomson.com. She teaches family caregivers best practice advocacy skills in her workshop "How to Know What You Want and Get What You Need". She is a co-founder of Lifetime Networks Ottawa, an affiliate of Planned Lifetime Advocacy Networks (PLAN) in Vancouver. She’s a board director representing family caregivers at NeuroDevNet, a Canadian Centre of Excellence. She’s married to James Wright, former Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom. She and Jim have two children, Nicholas and Natalie.