I was born and raised in Abbotsford; attended South
Poplar Elementary, MEI, and Abbotsford Secondary schools. I am a retired
educator, having taught two years in Australia, three in Manitoba, and 32 at
MEI, including three years as Principal of the secondary school and two years
as principal at MEI Chilliwack.
I hold a B.A. (Sociology) from Simon Fraser
University, and a M.Ed. (Administration) from the University of Victoria.
Following high school, I volunteered two years with
MCC in the Democratic Republic of Congo; here I managed of a Guest House for
one year (at age 19), and did community development work for one year in a
remote part of the Kivu Province, near Bukavu.
I have served on numerous boards and committees
over the years:
BC Board member for 10 years, including vice-chair and chair positions,
and local church boards,
of the Canadian Mennonite University Council, Winnipeg;
on the B.C. Federation of Independent Schools Associations Board;
on the Heart2Heart (Haiti) Board; and
on the Mennonite Historical Society of B.C. Board.
I am a member of Level Ground Mennonite Church, and
am proud to serve our community as a member of the Rotary Club of Abbotsford; I
am a recipient of a Paul Harris Fellow.
elected to City Council in 2005, I am now serving in my fourth term. My
responsibilities on Council have included most committees including:
Social Development Advisory Committee;
Industrial Development Advisory Committee;
Economic Development Advisory Committee;
Dyking, Drainage and Irrigation Committee;
Recreation, and Culture Committee, Chair (2016-18)
Valley Regional District Board.
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am married to Grace, a registered nurse, and we have two married sons and seven
grandchildren, all living in Abbotsford. We enjoy traveling, which has taken
them to five continents (some with student groups on service assignments), and
to many parts of North America.
have a keen interest in family history and genealogy, both of which occupy some
of my leisure time. I enjoy the outdoors (hiking, snowshoeing, canoeing), as
well as fitness-related activities (I have competed in Seniors’ Swimming; Sprint-Triathlons,
GranFondos, Half-Marathon, numerous 5k & 10k runs, including all Run For