Mark spoke in a debate about the presumption to mainstream pupils. The matter of education for children with additional support needs is one Mark is particularly passionate about, and something he has raised in the Chamber on a number of occasions since he was first elected in 2011. Three years ago, Mark asked the Scottish Government to conduct a review into the presumption of mainstream education and how it is applied and this review is still ongoing.
Mark has called for progress to be made on parking problems at the train station in Dyce which is frequently congested, which leads to an overspill on nearby residential streets. This is a matter Mark raised with bosses from the transport body, Nestrans, and he recently met with Derick Murray, the organisation's director, to discuss potential ways forward. With the dualling of the line between Aberdeen and Inverurie set to be completed next year, it is important that the parking availability at the station is able to cope with the expected increase in passenger numbers.
Following the closure of the Clydesdale Bank and the removal of their ATMs at Mastrick Shopping Centre in June, Mark has lobbied to see a new ATM being introduced, in order to support residents, shoppers and local businesses.
The sole ATM which was left in the community was heavily used, resulting in long queues and also cash running out.
Last week Mark was delighted to see a new ATM has now been installed at Colourbox following this campaign.
Mark met with representatives from the Community Resilience Team at the Scottish Ambulance Service Regional Headquarters where he learned more about the Community First Responders.
Community First Responders are members of the public who volunteer to help their community by responding to medical emergencies while an ambulance is on its way.
Community First Responders are trained in a wide range of emergency skills and use specialised equipment such as automatic external defibrillators and oxygen therapy.
Following a meeting with representatives from NHS Grampian, Mark has been attempting to raise awareness of Mouth Cancer. This is a condition that is particularly close to his heart, as he lost his father to an untreated ulcer in 2017.
The figures in Grampian show that mouth cancer is claiming more lives each year, and Mark has seen the effects first hand. Oral health is something which many people don't always pay enough attention to, and that can be where the early signs are missed.
Mark has written to Angela Scott, Chief Executive at Aberdeen City Council, and Kevin Stewart, Minister for Local Government, Housing and Planning, in attempt to seek a solution for the derelict shops at Logie.
Mark has urged Aberdeen City Council to use their legal powers and issue a compulsory purchase order (CPO) to acquire the privately owned building, and potentially knock it down.
Find out what Mark McDonald has been doing in his Aberdeen Donside constituency.