Donovan is passionate about the power of stories. He has been part of both the Students on Ice Arctic and Antarctic Youth Expeditions and is a member of the Students on Ice Alumni Delegation. This group traveled to Rio de Janeiro Brazil for the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development last year. As an alumnus of Students on Ice Expeditions, he traveled to the Arctic and Antarctica to learn about the social, political, and environmental crisis experienced by these regions. He has been telling the stories of these rare adventures through public speaking engagements and numerous community projects.
Locally, he founded the Green Island Society, a group which launched a presentation and essay program at the elementary school, a letter campaign, and town-wide clean-ups. He helped found Radio Bell Island Inc. where he has had the opportunity to interview notable Canadians such as Peter Mansbridge and Seamus O'Regan and invoke a stronger sense of community through radio.
Currently an undergrad student at Memorial University, Donovan has been renowned for his leadership and community contributions as a recipient of Canada's most prestigious national scholarships for high school students, the Loran Award (declined) and the TD Canada Trust Scholarship for Community Leadership.