Donald G. Sword
DG 2017-18
 
Don grew up New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, graduating from Halifax West High School with Honours and was Class Valedictorian. Don earned a B. Comm and an LL.B. from Dalhousie University.
 
Don practiced law in St. John’s, NL for over 33 years, 28 as a corporate counsel. After five years in private practice he was Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Fishery Products International for seven years. Don then spent 21 years with Johnson Inc., Atlantic Canada’s largest insurance organization. Don also spent over 15 years on the Johnson senior leadership team and served as an officer and/or director of many of the companies within the group.  Don retired as Vice President, Legal & Regulatory and Corporate Secretary in June 2013.
 
During his career Don was active in community volunteerism, professional associations, crime prevention organizations and industry based committees. He was a National Director of the Canadian Corporate Counsel Association for five years and a Founding Director of Legal Leaders for Diversity.
 
In 1989 Don became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast. He served as Club President in 1993-94. Don has also served as District Secretary, Assistant Governor and was a recipient of a Polio Plus award for service related to a very successful District 7820 Christmas card project. Don was chair of the Committee that developed Topsail Beach Rotary Park and was a member of the Steering Committee and Finance & Fundraising Committee that built the multi-million dollar Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre. Both projects earned RI Club Significant Achievement Awards (2003 & 2013). Don was also part of the organizing committee for the successful RYLA on the Rock held in August 2015.
 
Named a Paul Harris Fellow by his Club in 1997, Don is a regular donor to The Rotary Foundation and has recognized his mother, father, wife and brother as PHF’s
 
Since retirement Don has continued to be an active volunteer and currently serves as Chair of the Manuels River Natural Heritage Society and a director of the Canadian Lawyers Insurance Association. He and his wife Pat (a retired photographer) live in Topsail, Town of Conception Bay South, NL and enjoy walking the extensive trail systems along Manuels River. Don has two adult daughters living in the St. John’s area, Kimberley (a high school teacher) and Heather (an early childhood educator).
 
Introduction
 
Donald G. Sword
(Rotary District 7820 DG 2017-18)
 
Don grew up New Brunswick and Nova Scotia, graduating from Halifax West High School and earning Commerce and Law degrees from Dalhousie University.
Don practiced law in St. John’s, NL for over 33 years, 28 as a corporate counsel. He spent seven years as Legal Counsel and Corporate Secretary at Fishery Products International, and 21 years at Johnson Inc., Atlantic Canada’s largest insurance organization. Don retired as Vice President, Legal & Regulatory and Corporate Secretary in June 2013.
 
During his career Don was active in community volunteerism, professional associations, crime prevention organizations and industry based committees.
Don became a charter member of the Rotary Club of Avalon Northeast in 1989 and was Club President in 1993-94. Don has also served as District Secretary, Assistant Governor. Don played key roles in developing Topsail Beach Rotary Park and Manuels River Hibernia Interpretation Centre. Both projects earned RI Club Significant Achievement Awards. He also helped organize the successful A Paul Harris Fellow since 1997, Don has recognized his mother, father, wife and brother as PHF’s.
 
Since retirement Don has continued to be an active volunteer within and outside of Rotary. He and his wife Pat (a retired photographer) live in Conception Bay South, NL and enjoy walking the extensive trail systems in their community. Don has two adult daughters living in the St. John’s area, Kimberley (a high school teacher) and Heather (an early childhood educator).