I was born and raised in Orillia. I have lived in Ward 1 with my wife Nancy and daughter Emily (who were both born, raised and went to school in Ward 1) for over 20 years. My daughter Emily is in her 2nd year of Biomedical Engineering at the University of Guelph. My wife Nancy works at Orillia’s Soldiers Memorial Hospital as a pharmacy technician.
For many years I was in the automotive business here in Orillia. I worked at Reg Smith Motors and Orillia Dodge in their parts departments and at Thor Motors in their service department.
I went on to earn my Microsoft Certifications and became co-owner of Northern Business Equipment along with Angela Thomson. Through this experience, I learned the hard work, long hours and dedication it takes to run a successful business.
I now work as the I.T. Technician for the Township of Severn . Through my work at the Municipality, I have learned the ‘ins and outs’ of Municipal Governments and how they function. Over the past year I participated in an educational course offered by the AMCTO (Association of Municipal Clerks & Treasurers of Ontario). The course covered the history and current structure and function of Municipalities in Ontario. I am very proud of the fact that I completed the course on the Honour Role.
I have had the pleasure of working with my brother-in -law, Evan Devine, on floats for Orillia’s Santa Claus parade for the past 29 years! We have also taken part in Orillia’s cardboard boat race every year since it began!
As the drummer for the Dr Krane band, I have enjoyed performing at Orillia’s Waterfront Festival , the Relay for Life, Orillia Legion, Geneva Event Centre and many other events and venues in and around Orillia over the past 18 years.
For the past 4 years I have been a member of Orillia’s Active Transportation Committee (I am currently Chair). Together we have been behind the installation of bicycle repair stations at Couchiching and Tudhope Parks (at no cost to Orillia taxpayers). In 2017 we held the first ever Orillia Bike Day at Tudhope Park. The Committee continues to perform an active role in the Mariposa Folk Festival by providing bicycle parking and information to guests, as well as statistical information to the Festival Board. Just this year, Orillia Council adopted a Pedestrian Charter that had been created and presented by the ATC.
In 2016, I was invited to join the board of the Orillia Winter Carnival. The Carnival was severely lacking volunteers and it’s future was uncertain. Along with a handful of dedicated people, we were able to hold a Carnival in 2017 & 2018 (two of the most financially successful years in the Carnival’s history). I became vice-president last year along with Tim Tiknor. We are now working with President Mark Earl and the rest of the volunteer team on plans for 2019.
My passion for volunteering really began when my daughter was in public school. As a member of the Regent Park School Parent Council, I was part of a team who’s fund raising efforts resulted in the installation of new playground equipment and other improvements. This really showed me what can be accomplished when people work together.
I can often be found walking, riding my bicycle or attending various events in Ward 1 and throughout the community.