I want to be your next city councillor for Ward 11.
A vote for a progressive and proven community builder is a vote well cast.
I'm married eleven years this December, and have two girls, a boy, and a golden retriever named Duncan.
My kids attend Mountsfield PS where I have served as VP and President of Home and School for five years now, as per bylaws.
My wife, Joy, is a rockstar front-line healthcare worker.
I live in Old South.
Yes I used to play basketball. Yes I can still dunk.
I had a very difficult childhood, growing up in 13 different homes, escaping abuse, and eventually being raised by a single parent on disability. This is a big reason why parenting, community, helping the less fortunate, being responsible with money and protecting the vulnerable are SO important to me.
I had goals of being a professional athlete. I had contract offers. I also had 7 operations on the same knee and was told I would never run again. I still can.
I had two paths I could choose. On one, I could be angry at the world for the hand I was dealt, and self-indulge my way to destruction.
I chose the path less travelled and quadrupled down on being better than my circumstances, and to leave the most positive mark possible on this world.
When I'm not living a life full of love, laughter, and too much grey/white hair for my age with my wife and three young kids, I am always trying to give back.
I've spent the past fourteen years working in healthcare and social services, supporting people living with mental health issues, chronic illness, and those navigating the plight of trying to make it in this world when facing barriers related to disability.
In my limited free time, I co-founded and am the President of Dad Club London, a registered non-profit comprised of 1,400 member dads from across my region. We offer support, education, advocacy, and connecting services for dads and their kids, with the mission of creating better dads, a stronger community, and a brighter future for our children.
In nine years, we have hosted almost 500 events that were attended by thousands of dads and kids and have raised over $169,000 for charity and for people in need.
None of us are paid for our time and we receive no public or sustained funding for our efforts.
In addition to my time with Dad Club London, I have also extensively volunteered in other areas.
I have been a front line and fundraising volunteer at Anova on and off since 2008.
I was formerly a Big Brother with Big Brothers Big Sisters of London and Area.
I have coached basketball, both in team leadership and individual skill development for decades.
I have been on the London Public Library Board of Directors since Fall 2018, and have served as the Chair and Vice-Chair.
I have been on the Mountsfield Public School Home and School Association since 2018, serving as both Vice President and President.
I am a former member of the Oakridge Optimist Club, and former organizer of the Parkinson Superwalk.
In 2019, I was awarded MPP Peggy Sattler's Residents of Distinction Award, and in 2021 I was Mayor Ed Holder's Humanitarian of the Year. You can read more about this on my media page.
When I'm not trying to change the world or spending time with my family, I enjoy fitness, food, reading, coffee, scotch, writing, and movies.
Thanks for following my journey. Please reach out if I can help you on yours in any way.