I was born in Killam, Alta. in 1969 and moved to Qualicum Beach with my family in 1977. I moved to Port Alberni, where my wife was already working, in September 2009.
As I was quite young when I moved to Qualicum Beach, I feel as though I was born there. I attended Grades 2–12 and definitely got a sense of what Qualicum Beach is all about.
After graduation, I went to Malaspina College to study art and film which moved me toward a career in graphic arts. After a layoff and a few years of wandering the artistic landscape, I settled down and began Braemar Pottery.
I have been on a few boards and have been able to make an impact in Qualicum and Parksville. My most commented on gift is my ability to organize and delegate and to market an idea to its fullest potential. These traits I believe would serve me well as a council member.
Now onto the big question: So why Port Alberni? Thanks for our move here must go to my wife. She works in a promising career and is very happy there. She remarked on an almost daily basis about the great people, wonderful atmosphere, how everyone was so friendly and that the city has a great feel.
My impression since childhood had been one of negativity toward Port Alberni. I found it strange that she would have such a positive emotion to what I had been led to believe all my life. I trust my wife’s judgment and after some time looking, we decided that Port Alberni was a great place to raise our kids.
I decided to run for city council to make an even bigger impact. I really want to show what this community is all about.