A long-time resident of Berwick, Don attended Nova Scotia Teachers College and Acadia University where he graduated with a BSc.(mathematics) and BEd. In subsequent years he completed the Guidance Specialist Certificate through courses at Acadia and Dalhousie University and a Certificate in Computer Science at Acadia University.
Mayor Clarke had a long career in teaching and counselling, most of it spent here in the Annapolis Valley.
In 1997 Don was elected to Town Council becoming Mayor in 2012. Over the more than 20 years he has served as a member of the Berwick Electric Commission acting as Chair since 2012. As mayor he sits on all Committees of Council and in addition he currently serves as Chair of the Valley Community Fibre Network, Chair of the Regional Emergency Management Committee and Vice Chair of the Regional Enterprise Network.
Don is married and he and wife Diane have two children, Jillian and Matthew. They also are proud grandparents to four beautiful grandchildren ranging in age from 3 to 16.