Getting up every morning and going to work for the residents of our city has been a tremendous honour for me these past three years.
I was elected to Ottawa City Council in the Municipal Election of 2010 to represent Bay Ward in Ottawa’s west end. As Chair of the Community and Protective Services Committee, I was honoured to work with our Arts, Culture and Heritage community as well as with partners from Social Services, Parks and Recreation, and our Fire, Paramedic and By-Law Services to make a difference in our city. Working with our business community, I have had the privilege of helping grow our local economy while providing jobs for residents. In 2014 I was honoured to accept the invitation of United Way Ottawa to serve on their Board of Directors and help continue the work they do to strengthen our City.
Prior to 2010, I worked in a variety of business environments, most notably as partner and Chief Information Officer in a local communications firm where I was part owner. This experience in the business sector gave me a wealth of respect for our community’s business owners and insight into the important role that business plays in helping to shape our community and promote the positive entrepreneurial spirit that drives our local and national economy.
Having grown up on Moncton Road in the Queensway Terrace North area of Bay Ward, I have had the privilege of being part of our community for most of my life. Watching my mother raise me alone after my father passed away showed me early in life the very real challenges that so many still face today. I learned that good friends and living in a helping community was important in making sure that nobody is left out or behind.
Together with my wife Christine, my daughter Sasha and stepdaughter Emily; my family and I continue to participate in our community and our city – trying to build on the very strong foundations of our shared belief that great communities are made by the daily contributions of many small acts.