I was raised in the UK until the age of 17. Our family emigrated to Canada in 1977. I went to Douglas College and Simon Fraser University studying criminology. While in school I met my wife Kim and we were married in 1980. We have two boys, Lawrence and Grant. We lived in Burnaby while we were going to school and working. The time came when we needed to find an affordable place to buy a home and raise our family.
We came out to Maple Ridge and immediately knew this was the community for us. Beautiful surroundings, affordable housing, a good school system and a community that felt safe with seemingly little crime and social issues. We chose Maple Ridge to be our new home. We believed in its potential. We worked outside of the community like many do, and commuted each day to work. Getting tired of that life, we worked for ourselves. Kim as a piano teacher to stay close to our kids as they grew, and together we started a Nova Security.
We sold Nova Security in 2007. My wife went back to school and is currently a researcher and sessional instructor with the Criminology Department at SFU.
Kim and I have lived, worked and raised our family in Maple Ridge. Our children have now grown up and left the community. Like so many, they left for transit options and access to work. I have been an active member of the community as a resident, home owner, business owner, volunteer and parent for three decades. I love Maple Ridge and really care about its future.
After some soul searching after being approached to run for Council, I ran in 2008 and served for two terms. I got hooked and very invested in the future of our city. I became frustrated in my second term at the lack of progress. It was time to run for Mayor. It was time to lead a Council team to take Maple Ridge towards its potential rather than just building houses and not much else. Five of us ran, and I wasn’t successful with three of us splitting the centre right vote.