I was born and raised in the Highlands in Edmonton. I met my wife, Pat at Red Deer College in 1977 and have been married for 42 years. We have raised four amazing daughters and are proud grandparents of 6 grandchildren, with the seventh on the way. We have lived in Parkland County for the past 17 years and have been involved in the community as a volunteer as well as numerous construction projects. Pat owns the Kumon Center, a math and reading program that serves the Tri-Municipal region. My daughter and husband own two Veterinary Clinics in Spruce Grove & Stony Plain with a new 7500 Square Foot facility opening in Spruce Grove in 2022.
I grew up working for my father in the construction industry; I have over 25 years experience in commercial construction and 17 years experience as a Financial Planner and Investment Specialist with RBC. I believe that my skills and experience in these areas will be a strong asset to Parkland County. I look forward to representing the community of Parkland County as your next Mayor.
Many of the concerns that I have heard from you in Parkland County have centered on the condition of the roads, safety and security for our residents, recreational facilities to the rural areas, internet, broadband, and high speed connectivity. I want to continue the message of Parkland County, “One Parkland: Powerfully Connected.”
My commitment is to work closely with our strategic partners, regional collaboration is key to our success. I am not afraid to look at “how to do things” rather than “why we should not do them.”
I am grateful for the opportunity to demonstrate my commitment, courage and passion for the well being of our community, our Heritage, and the Indigenous peoples of the Treaty 6 region: it is for all of us to celebrate our differences and learn from each other, this is a time for healing, prosperity and growth. The global pandemic has caused turmoil to the education and development of our children. We need to support our parents, teachers and community to ensure that all of our children become the next leaders.
Thank you for the opportunity to introduce myself and speak to you on some of the issues and concerns of Parkland County. If elected as your Mayor on October 18th, I am committed to be your voice for our community.