I’m a Ridge boy, born and raised. My parents moved here because it was an affordable place to start a family. My first home was a little brick faced house right on Dewdney Trunk Road. Maple Ridge was an amazing community to grow up; a safe community rich with parks, sports, and adventure. Growing up I attended Laityview Elementary, Westview Secondary and Thomas Haney Secondary.
I started working in the Vancouver film industry during my summers in highschool. After highschool I started my own company and continued to take on film projects to put myself through University. Since then I’ve completed both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in political science and I am currently a PhD Candidate at Simon Fraser University. My academic work has focused primarily on public policy and public opinion.
After highschool I joined the Board of the Friends in Need Foodbank. It showed me how much the people of a community can do for each other. It also helped open my eyes to how many people in our community can use a hand from time to time. A third of the clients the Foodbank services are under 18, realizing that fueled my desire to contribute to my community. I would go on to serve on the board for eight years ending in 2012, the last three as Chair.
This passion led me to get involved in politics. I volunteered, worked, and ran various campaigns for people I thought would help contribute to a better world. This included running the campaign of Mayor Deb Walters in Pitt Meadows in 2011. I also served for three years on the Maple Ridge Parks and Leisure Services Commission from 2011 to 2013. This election, I felt I could make the greatest contribution by stepping forward and putting my own name on the ballot in Maple Ridge, the place I call home and love so much.
This year I also married the longtime love of my life Deanna who I was fortunate enough to meet in high school. I hope this fall to be given the opportunity to contribute to the politics of this great community in which we hope to build a life together.