I've been an Oakville resident for my entire life, and Ward 3 has certainly seen many
changes in the almost 50 years that I've lived here. I grew up on MacDonald Road,
where I met and married my wife Nancy, who was literally the girl next door. We have
lived in the neighbourhood long enough to remember when Post Park was the Post
Farm, where the apple trees were easy to climb and the apples were plentiful to eat.
Nancy and I stayed in our neighbourhood to raise our children, Amy and Wesley. Our
kids attended the same schools that we did – Brantwood, New Central and Oakville
Trafalgar High School.
Volunteering has always been an integral and important part of my life.
In my youth I volunteered with my mother, teaching Sunday School at St. Jude's
Anglican Church, where I also sang in the choir.
On weekends, I'd help my dad with the cleaning and general maintenance at the
Masonic Hall, which still stands strong today at the corner of Thomas & Church in
As our children grew older, Nancy and I felt it was essential that they understood
the importance of giving back to community. They saw us volunteer on various
boards - The Oakville Parent Child Centre, The Downtown Oakville BIA, and the
Trafalgar Chartwell Residents Association (TCRA).
Nancy and I were frequent parent volunteers at the kids’ schools, helping with
fundraising, planning events and car-pooling.
I volunteered as a trainer, assistant coach and head coach, for the Minor Oakville
Hockey Association, the Oakville Little League and the Oakville Basketball
League. This allowed me to mentor, not only my children but many of their
friends and other local kids. Seeing a child fit into a new team, develop a new
skill, and learn about sportsmanship has been a very worthwhile and rewarding
Successful Small Business Owner
I am a successful small business owner, and my love of working with young people has also translated into my chosen vocation. For 20 years, Nancy and I operated Young Drivers of Canada, and we are now in our 6th year of operating DriveWise Oakville, a driver training school focused on youth. Over this time, we've been proud to play a role in more than 20,000 graduates’ lives.
To say that I'm passionate about road safety and road safety education, would be
putting it mildly.
I have served on Oakville's Road Safety Committee, as well as on the Mayor’s
Special Committee Against Impaired Driving.
I've donated time and resources to help keep our local roadways safe.
I've recently volunteered my time and expertise on a few research studies,
including one at Sheridan College.
It's been an honour and privilege to be recognized as a leading safety expert on
one of Canada's most highly recognized television programs, “Canada's Worst
Driver”. As a panel expert on the show, I shared rules of the road and safe driving
awareness to a broad audience.
Like any small business, we've had to make difficult choices and act in a fiscally
responsible manner in order to grow from humble beginnings. I look forward to bringing
this same attention to the bottom line to the role as Town Councillor, for the benefit of