Prior to my appointment to Citizenship Judge for Niagara Falls and Hamilton in February 2012, I was privileged to serve as Mayor of Niagara Falls, from 2003 to 2010. During this time, I was able to welcome international visitors, where I had the honour of learning how both our community and country is perceived by people from around the world. Most importantly, I was able to work towards building an inclusive city; always trying to make things better to improve the quality of life for our citizens.
Before my time as Mayor, I served as a member of the Board on the Ontario Alcohol and Gaming Commission where I adjudicated hearings across Ontario, as well as having served as Vice Chair of Niagara Regional Police Services Board.
My career began in Niagara Falls as a Real Estate Broker and successful owner of a local real estate company for 25 years. In the past, I have volunteered my time with the Rotary Club of Niagara Sunrise, having been fortunate to become both President and a Paul Harris Fellow during my time with the club. Additionally, I have also served as President of the Niagara Falls Chamber of Commerce, as well has having held multiple volunteer positions with the Greater Niagara General Hospital Foundation, Project SHARE and Saint Michael’s High School Parent Council.
What would you like to see Canada do over our next 150 years?
I would like Canada to become a leader in technology throughout the world, while maintaining its reputation as a clean, peaceful, generous and welcoming nation. We would be privileged to continue to enjoy the benefit of a high standard of living and prosperity that is recognized worldwide.
What advice would you give newcomers to Canada?
Go for it! In Canada, you can become whatever you want to be. Your future is unlimited and with hard work you can achieve amazing results.
What is your favourite Canadian stereotype?
I have to say that it is the image of the RCMP Officers in their Red Serge uniforms. They are recognized throughout the world.