About Me

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Why I Ran

I was born and raised in Maple Ridge.  I’ve lived here my whole life and its a central part of who I am as a person.  I’ve always believed this is the best place in the world to grow up, to play sports, to be involved in community, and experience the outdoors.  I’m ran because I felt like we were starting to lose that, and I want to ensure Maple Ridge remains the best place in the world to raise a family for future generations.  If we’re going to achieve that we need to:

  1. Bring more shopping, commercial, and industrial development to Maple Ridge.
  2. Address our homelessness situation.
  3. Deal with our growing crime situation and ensure Maple Ridge is a safe community for everyone.
  4. Proactively plan our transportation routes and fight for decent transit.

My Story

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.

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My phone number is 604.868.6495