In His Own Words
I grew up in a Canadian military family with three brothers and a sister. In 1982 I moved to Alberta, settling in Hinton in 1986 where I have lived ever since. Hinton has been good to me; I met and married Donna and have two wonderful children. My daughter Kelsea is a nurse and son Zachary is a second year apprentice automotive mechanic. I love camping, quadding, fishing, and golfing – enjoying everything Alberta offers. When indoors I am often reading, balancing outdoor pursuits with continuous learning.
My working career began at 17 on the shop floor of a lumber mill. My rich and varied life includes living and skiing in Lake Louise for a few years, becoming an occupational health and safety instructor, and working as an adult educator. Today I am the leader of the Alberta Party, former Mayor of Hinton, and Vice-President of Program Development and Strategic Initiatives for Western Canada Fire and First Aid.
In 2001 I entered public life by running for Hinton town council. I won, was elected as Mayor in 2004, and served as Mayor until resigning January 3, 2012 to devote myself full-time to the Alberta Party. For a decade I guided Hinton through the pressures of a superheated economy and the uncertainty of the recent economic downturn. I led initiatives that resulted in a 20-year capital plan based on sound business principles aligned with strategic community planning, matching Hinton’s development goals with its limited resources. Hinton now has a public transit system, a green building policy, and has upgraded all of its major municipal buildings and infrastructure. These goals were achieved while supporting local businesses, respecting natural resource industries, and maintaining municipal taxes at or below the average municipal tax increase for like-sized towns. As a Safety Advocate, Councillor, and Mayor, I have demonstrated the ability to lead by cultivating partnerships and identifying common interests.
Provincially, I have served as Vice-President for the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association and chaired their Municipal Governance Committee. I have served as Board Chair for the Grande Alberta Economic Region, Board Chair for Rural Alberta’s Development Fund, director on the Alberta Utilities Consumer Advocate Advisory Board, and in executive and director positions for the Foothills Research Institute. My service with these organizations has given me a province-wide perspective, allowing me to effect meaningful change on behalf all Albertans.
Leader, The Alberta Party
Candidate for West Yellowhead
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