I was born in and raised in Niagara Falls and attended AN Myer High School. While my interests have been largely in construction, I enjoy serving my community and providing an opportunity, along with my wife Kathy, for our children, Kevin and Meagan. They have both achieved higher levels of education in sport management and athletic therapy. This opportunity has provided itself because of our great country.
My community involvement began in 1981, volunteering with the Firehall Theater on Kitchener Street. The theater provided a venue for local actors and actresses to showcase their talent in a community setting. I was able to assist in much of the behind the scenes with lighting, sound and staging. I continue to do similar work with community theater operating out of Ridley College.
When I think of the City of Niagara Falls, I think of the how important it is to volunteer and giving back to the community. My parents taught me how important it is to volunteer. They were heavily involved with the Stamford Centre Volunteer Firemen and the Boy’s and Girl’s Club. I’ve also spent time volunteering with the City’s Arts and Culture Committee, Property Standard’s Committee, the Trails and Bikeway Committee and the Park in the City Committee.
What accomplishment are you most proud of?
One of my proudest and long-standing accomplishments was working with a great Board of Directors in operating Niagara Concerts. We worked out of the former Niagara Falls Collegiate Auditorium and later the Scotiabank Convention Centre. We were able to provide an annual concert series of world class entertainment for the community. We operated as a not for profit organization, but were still able to create a scholarship fund that is awarded annually to a local promising artist. Niagara Concerts has left a lasting legacy and was lead for many years from Ann Speedie and Liz Detlor.
I am thankful and honoured to be selected as one of the Canada 150 “Our People”.