My Experience and Background

I was born and raised in New Westminster and then moved with my family to Maple Ridge in 1973. We quickly became part of the community and that fall I started at the Liquor Store where I worked for 34 years. I am constantly reminded of the quality of life a person can enjoy when you can live, work, play and raise a family within this community. I am always looking for opportunities to create local employment so others can enjoy that synergy.

My wife Diane and I have raised two children in this community, Rory and Adlayna. Diane is a retired RN and a wonderful artist. She is involved with the arts community as President of the Garibaldi Arts Club and both of us have been part of the Arts Studio Tour. I believe that the arts reflect the health of a community and in my opinion this community is very healthy.

I have many passions including, photography, art, music, local food, wine knowledge and am an avid gardener.

Current Volunteer Involvement:

3.5 years on the Alouette River Management Society board

3 years on the MR Tourism Task Force

I am also very proud to have lent my time and passion to a number of volunteer positions in the past including:

5 years as chair of the Maple Ridge committee for B.C.’s Children’s Hospital. Our signature event was the Teddy Bear Tea and Clinic

6 years as a director of the Ridge Meadows Recycling Society

4 years as a directors for the C.E.E.D. center as vice-chair

13 years as a member of Compassionate Friends a self-help group for bereaved parents, the last 6 as leader.

3 years on the Community Heritage Commission, 2 as chair.

3 years on the Haney Farmers Market board as vice-chair

2 years on MR Agricultural Committee as HFM liaison

“I’ve learned that a group of citizens working together for a common cause can create an incredibly positive effect. If the arts and recreation reflect the health of a community volunteerism reflects the heart and in my experience this community has a very large healthy heart.”

Born in New Westminster, moved to Maple Ridge in 1973

Graduated from New Westminster Secondary

Work History:

  • 1970-73 Forming machine operator at Dominion Glass Burnaby
  • 1973-2007 Liquor Distribution Branch-retired
  • Top level product knowledge course, organized many wine tastings
  • Fork and Stem Consulting – wine consultant, cooking and wine classes

Political:

  • Volunteer in every municipal, Provincial and Federal election for past 40 years
  • Mayoral candidate 1996
  • Maple Ridge Councillor from 1999 –2011, 4 consecutive terms
  • Federal candidate 2011 
  • Organizer for the Sensible BC campaign
  • Maple Ridge Councillor 2014 – 2018 - 5th term

Other positions held:

  • Director with the Lower Mainland Local Government Association
  • Committee member with the Metro Utilities Committee
  • Director with the Municipal Insurance Association
  • Director with the Pitt Meadows Airport Society
  • Director with the Federation of Canadian Municipalities a national organization that influences federal municipal policy.