As a lifelong environmentalist, I put my name forward as a candidate in the 2015 federal election. I strongly believe that environmental destruction is the biggest battle facing humanity, and that Canadians should be a shining example in this fight. The Green Party is the only party that puts the environment first.
I’ve lived in Vernon for 20 years, have roots and contacts here, and have a strong public profile in the volunteer community.
I’m married, with children and grandchildren, and very concerned for their future. A youthful 66 years old, I’m a committed cycling commuter and love gardening and hiking in the wild.
As an accountant (CGA), I’ve spent 35 years in the forest industry. I retired at 60, spending the last 12 years as Controller at the Tolko Armstrong and Lumby Lumber/Plywood/Power complex, supervising administrative and computer staff, and advising management on financial matters, including many presentations. Following retirement, I’ve worked on a part-time basis as a management consultant with the forest industry and native bands, giving me exposure in the riding communities of Armstrong and Salmon Arm.
My volunteer involvement has been the ‘other half’ of my life:
- My wife and I have spent 4 winters in Guatemala building cook stoves in Mayan villages. I’m on the Board of Todos Juntos (Portland) which raises funds for the Mayan community for health, infrastructure, child care and education.
- I’ve spent the last 7 years (3 years as Chairman) of Ribbons of Green, the North Okanagan advisory committee on parks and trails, giving numerous presentations to Mayors and Councils, so I am well known in municipal politics.
- I’ve been a director for the local Green Party EDA for 7 years, acting as Official Agent in the riding for the last 2 elections.
I’m well read on environmental issues, and have written summaries of Vision Green and IPCC reports.
A ‘fiscally conservative’ candidate, I fully support Elizabeth May’s balanced budget approach. In this campaign, I will focu on strong environmental action within realistic economic consequences.
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