I am 61 years old and a family man who was born and raised in Trail. I was a career Firefighter for 29 years before being elected into the position of President of Local 480 Steelworkers.
I held that position for 10 years and was the longest serving Steelworker President in Local 480 history. Being a Leader in this position has given me many years of political experience at the Federal, Provincial and Municipal levels, dealing with a diverse number of issues from advocating for people living in poverty to publicly defending our hydro power rights.
The number one issue that I see as a priority is rebuilding the relationship and trust between Trail citizens and City Council.
My goal is to build a strong, effective team through City Council that will provide open, honest communication and operate with integrity. Now more than ever we need to build a positive relationship with the community members, our business partners, and surrounding municipalities. I plan to accomplish this by including all invested groups , business owners and committee representatives to work cohesively to develop a positive climate for economic renewal and a community that works for everyone. I strongly believe that my background of life and work experiences, along with my solid commitment, will be valuable assets in making this happen.
I believe that the most outstanding issue over the last 3 years, that has caused regional animosity and limited progress, is recreation. This issue effects everyone. Recreation was a common tie that bound our communities together in the past. We pride ourselves in being the “Home of Champions”. I feel that the situation with the Trail Recreation Program has really divided our communities. Lifestyle is what we do best in our area. Promoting a healthy lifestyle rich in choice will attract new residents as well as local and international visitors alike. This is a major key to expanding and maintaining economic growth in Trail.