Donald Dawson Wetmore, CM, author, playwright and educator was born 23 January 1907 in Truro, N.S., the son of Abram Douglas and Christina (Stevenson) Wetmore. He was educated in Truro and received BA and MA degrees from Acadia University and the University of West Virginia. He undertook theatre training in New York and Montreal, and during World War II he organized stage productions for servicemen through the YMCA in Debert, N.S. and St. John's, Nfld. After the war he became a longtime employee of the Nova Scotia Department of Education. He was drama advisor for the continuing education division, from 1946-1966, and then supervisor of the cultural services section of the adult education division, 1966-1971. Through this latter position he was an integral (and often founding) member of many key drama and performing arts organizations in Nova Scotia, including the Theatre Arts Guild, Nova Scotia Drama League, Nova Scotia Arts Council, Nova Scotia Committee of the Dominion Drama Festival, and Canadian Authors Association. He also served on the National Board for the Dominion Drama Festival from 1964-1972. As a playwright he is known for such works as The Londonderry Heirs and Dashing Through the Years, radio dramas such as Lamb in the Lea and Highland Heart in Nova Scotia, and folk operas such as The Broken Ring and Scottish Landing. He edited Loyalists in Nova Scotia: Biographies of Loyalist Settlers, a collection of essays by members of the Canadian Authors' Association, and wrote for The Canadian Author and Bookman and other periodicals. In 1972 he was awarded the Order of Canada (CM) in recognition for his contributions to community theatre in Nova Scotia, and in 1973 received the Diplome d'Honneur from the Canadian Conference of the Arts. He died in 1992.