Candidate for Calgary Heritage.
in 2015 Federal Election (Canada).
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I grew up in rural Northwestern Ontario near Thunder Bay. The great outdoors and sports filled my free time. Since then I have welded at Copper and Uranium mines, high lead logged on the North Pacific Coast, built communications towers in Calgary and throughout the west, and erected structural iron here and in Edmonton.
Teaching skiing at Canada Olympic Park from 1984 to 1988 led to volunteering at the 88 Olympics. My time at Canada Olympic Park was a wonderfully valuable experience. It was key to my progress onto the National Freestyle Ski Team of which I was a member of for five years.
The cleaning business I developed and operated in Banff and Canmore employed ten full and part time people at its peak and while working for Telecom contractors, I occasionally assisted the Coast Guard and worked under federal contract.
In 1999 I worked as a “rod buster” installing concrete reinforcing steel at an Oil Sands refinery. The lessons learned from that experience, plus a growing understanding of why the climate mattered, motivated me to think more about what we were doing to the world and ourselves; even moving me to install solar hot water systems years later. That Oil Sands experience also prompted me to become politically involved during the 2008 Federal Election and I have remained active ever since.
As time goes by my interests have shifted from personal, to the service of others. This has often forced me to let go of my old beliefs and learn to accept and understand new insights.
One thing I’ve learned is that it’s not at all important how far each of us are along the path to understanding climate change. It doesn’t matter what we’ve previously heard or how old we are or even what we have thought up until now. And none of this should matter to anyone else either. The past is over.
What does matter is that we each accept change and move forward on our own accord, because if we don’t create the change we want, climate change will do it for us and it won’t be good.
What also matters is that we understand that all people should have the same rights. Whether they are alive today, or will arrive to take our place later, is meaningless. We all deserve a fair chance to live well, have children and grow old.
Climate Change is the single most important challenge we have ever known. This isn’t just about green house gases. When it gets right down to it, it’s about holding fast to the values we cherish; values that make us greater than the sum of our parts.
To meet that challenge I’ve tried to be better today than I was yesterday and that goes for tomorrow too. No one is perfect, but we can all be better. I hope that you will join with me and the millions (or should I say billions) of people here at home and around the world who just want your kids and theirs to have a fighting chance.