I was raised in Vancouver in a close but poor family, and was fortunate to be able to attend the University of British Columbia, earning an Honours degree and qualifying as a high school teacher.
Following three years in teaching, I formed two companies, a home renovation company and a silviculture contracting company, in order to earn money to put myself through law school.
I practiced law in downtown Vancouver for three years and could have had a successful corporate career there, but astonished the managing partners of my firm by relocating to Golden in October of 1988, where I have practiced ever since.
As a lawyer I am familiar with the Local Government Act and with those laws and regulations which govern municipal development. I have extensive experience with complex financial transactions, actually enjoy reading and analyzing financial statements and am a director of a small media company which publishes a dozen publications in B.C. and Alberta.
I have been very active in volunteer work all my life, including running a Scout Troop in Vancouver during my undergraduate years at University.
Within Golden, I served on the former Economic Development Committee, for two years as Chair. I held many of the executive posts in Rotary during my ten years in the Club, including President, founded the Tudor Singers, conducted the Golden Community Choir (for which I wrote a number of pieces of music) and acted as a Governor of the College of the Rockies, including two as Chair of its finance committee.
I am the Treasurer of the Golden Nordic Ski Club, acted as Treasurer of the Regional Wildsight Board for seven years, and have sat on the Golden Backcountry Recreational Access Committee since its inception. I am also a volunteer keyboardist for St Paul’s Anglican Church.
An active mountaineer, I have established many new mountain climbs in British Columbia, authoring both a guidebook and The Canadian Mountaineering Anthology, which reviewers have called one of the five most important books ever published on Canadian mountaineering. I founded the Alpine Club of Canada Environment Fund, the only fund in Canada devoted to alpine environments.
Following Bridge to Bridge, I brought together the Committee of Responsible Electors (CORE), which has commented effectively on issues relating to Town Administration, including town staffing levels and the use of Town reserves. Election to Council will enable me to advocate effectively for good governance.