Born and raised in Niagara Falls, I have devoted much of my life to serving the residents of this great city and region, especially through municipal politics. As you may know, I was very fortunate to serve as mayor for 17 years and another 17 years as regional counselor. Currently, I have the privilege of acting as city counsellor, where above else I maintain a reputation of being approachable to all residents. Prior to these pursuits, I attended Ryerson University in Toronto, having graduated in Environmental Health.
Over the years, I have also been able to make positive and lasting changes for the community. For example, I have allocated a lot of time and effort in seeing that projects such as The McBain Community Centre, Meals on Wheels, United Way, and COES (now Project SHARE), were carried through. These initiatives remain as active as ever and are indicative of the strength Canadian communities exemplify.
Today, as I continue to serve our wonderful city, I enjoy the company of my wife and daughters, as well as the grandchildren they have blessed me with.
What tip would you give newcomers to Canada?
Have a dream, make a plan and then work as hard as you can to achieved that dream. If you work hard enough, you can do it.
Where was your family from originally?
My father’s side is from Scotland and my mother’s side is from Ireland