In 2003 my wife and I “retired” to Courtenay from Victoria. We were drawn to all the outdoor activities, natural beauty as well as the phenomenal arts community. We decided this would be the perfect place to have a family and call home.
In 2007 our twins Megan and Connor were born and due to complications they had to spend 4 months at Victoria General Hospital’s Neonatal intensive care unit. We were overwhelmed with the support we received not only from friends and family, but also from YANA (You Are Not Alone) that supported us so we could look after our twins. YANA is a great example of what makes the Comox Valley an amazing place to live.
Since moving to Courtenay in 2003, I have worked tirelessly to make a positive impact on the community.
- As Treasurer and President of CYMC (the Comox Valley Youth Music Centre) I was able to make sound financial decisions to get the organization back from the brink of financial collapse. Although we had to make tough decisions, they were necessary to allow the organization to survive. And through teamwork with other arts organizations helped the Comox Valley be the 2007 Cultural Capital of Canada.
- I am proud of my volunteer work as a Rotarian in the Comox Valley. I have worked since 2003 with Rotary Youth Exchange, helping local students study abroad, as well as have international students come to the Comox Valley to live for a year. As President of the Strathcona Sunrise Rotary Club I was able to help create a vision for our club. I was able to donate $10,000 to the Hospice Society, towards their dream of building a residential care facility. I also donated $5000 to Jeneece Place located at the Victoria General Hospital, where families can stay while their children receive critical health care. Rotary has allowed me to make a difference not only in the Comox Valley, but internationally as well.
- I have been fortunate enough to be able to support many organizations in the Comox Valley since 2003 including Rotary, YANA, Child Development, CYMC, MusicFest, Habitat for Humanity, Hospice, Elder College, Probus, the Comox Valley Airshow and the Comox Valley Chamber of Commerce.
After graduating high school in 1991 I traveled to South Africa to fight apartheid and to live there for a year. It was the most amazing year of my life that I will always treasure. As a 17-year-old I thought I was going to change the world, but as it turns out the world changed me. After returning from South Africa I ran for city council in Salmon Arm in 1993 as the youngest candidate in BC.
I also founded the Silicon Garden Computer Co-op in Salmon Arm in 1997, a business model that helped shape the creation of My Tech Guys in 2006. While in Salmon Arm I volunteered for the Justice Institute’s Youth Community Alternative Measures Program, focused on restorative justice and designed to work with youth at risk of going to jail and living a life of crime.
As founder and president of My Tech Guys in 2006, I have not only helped the company survive through very difficult times, but to thrive as one of BC’s best managed companies and even BC’s fastest growing company in 2010. I have also been recognized as one of BC’s Top 40 under 40 in business as well as the Comox Valley Chamber Small Business of the Year. Since 2010 we have Live Streamed the Child Development Telethon as well as Federal, Provincial and Municipal candidate debates to allow as many people to watch as possible. I am proud to be able to provide employment to 14 staff members.