I was born and raised in Niagara Falls and attended Niagara Falls Collegiate High School. After graduating from Western University in London, Ontario, I spent the early part of my working career with the Bank of Montreal. The majority of my working career was spent with the Finance Department of Acres International and later renamed as Hatch. I also had an opportunity of working in the Finance Department of City Hall.
I had a love of sports and growing up playing hockey in the winter and baseball in the summer. I spent 22 years on the Executive of the Greater Niagara Baseball Association (GNBA) holding many positions including that of President. One of my most satisfying moments was coaching the 1980 Bantam Baseball Team and winning the All Ontario Championship. I also spent many years as volunteer with the Niagara Falls Minor Hockey Association including that of Referee in Chief.
Volunteering in our community has given me great pleasure and satisfaction. Along with many years with the GNBA and NFMH, I have been on the City’s Trails and Bikeway Committee, Recreation Commission and continue to sit on the Sports Wall of Fame Committee. I enjoy volunteering for the Santa Claus and Canada Day Parades.
What is your favourite place in Niagara Falls?
My favourite place in the City is Oakes Park. It has always been the primary location for baseball and continues to be a focal point within the City.
What is your favourite aspect about being Canadian?
One of my proudest moments was being recognized in 1992 as part of Canada’s 125th Birthday with Volunteer Medal of Honour. As a Canadian, I recognize how lucky we are, and the opportunities we have, to make our Country a great place to live and raise a family.
It is an honour to be asked to join in as one of the City’s Canada 150 “Our People”.