I am a very proud to call Prince George home. I love my community and am forever grateful for the opportunities and responsibilities I have been given. These are something I take seriously.
I have spent most of my life in Prince George and am a proud product of School District 57. My mother is Tsq’escenemc (Canim Lake Band) and I am currently learning more about my culture along side my two boys.
I am so thankful for the support of my friends and family. I could not do what I do without them. I have a pretty incredible wife, Carli. She balances her career, hobbies and takes care of everything at home when I am not there. She is a rock and does so much to support me. Ryan and Ian are my motivation each day. I am committed to creating a better public education system, a better Prince George and a better society for them and their generations.
My family and friends step up time and time again to volunteer at fundraisers, babysit and /or pop by with coffee and food to keep my going. I know I don’t see them enough but they mean the world to me!
I also try to squeeze in some Tim time during the week. I love to golf (but am not very good at it), and play volleyball at the YMCA. I also enjoy sitting down and getting out of my head a bit and escaping into a video game.
I have spent most of my career with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince George. I started with BBBSPG in 2006 and during my tenure I have served as Community Development Coordinator (fundraising and marketing), Program Manager, Interim Executive Director and have been Executive Director since 2013. I strongly believe in the value and values of mentoring and know that the work we are doing is creating change in our community.
In 2011 I ran for School District 57 Trustee and was awarded the privilege of being able to serve in this position. I was re-elected in 2014 and 2018. Since 2011 I have had the opportunity to serve on and chair numerous committees and do very important work in support of SD57 students. The work hasn’t always been easy but have learned a lot about myself during the journey and proud of what I have been able to accomplish so far. In addition to my role as a Trustee I spent four years as Vice Chairperson and in 2016 was elected as Board Chair and currently serving in that role.
In 2018 I was elected to the Board of Directors of the BC School Trustee Association. This organization supports Public Education and Boards of Education in British Columbia. In addition to my role on the board have been able to and will continue to serve BCSTA in the following ways
- Representative on the Indigenous Education Committee
- Representative on the K-12 Aboriginal Educations Partners Council
- Member of the Student Issues Working Group
- Member on the Election Advisory Committee (2016 and 2018)
- Branch President of the Northern Interior Branch (2016-2018)
- Branch Communications Officer for the Northern Interior Branch (2014-2016).
I strongly believe that you need to give back to your community, especially when you community gives so much to you. Growing up I was heavily involved with Scouts Canada. My involvement taught me a lot of very important life skills and helped shape me into the person I am today. Not only did I spend my time working through the programming but I volunteered by time as a Leader (both Beavers and Scouts), I served on the District and Regional service teams as the Assistant Commissioner – Youth and was a certified trainer.
It was my support network in Scouting that provided me with the skills, support and confidence to organize the HEARTS Christmas Seniors Dinner. This dinner ran from 2000-2009 and provided transportation, a full Christmas Dinner, entertainment and gifts for seniors who still lived independently. Over the nine years the dinner ran we were able to provide a memorable Christmas dinner to over 1100 seniors.
I am also proud of the six years I spent as a Director and President of Volunteer Prince George. This organization helps promote volunteerism in Prince George and assists local non profits in their efforts to create change.
Over the years I have also volunteered with some other great organizations including Prince George Theatre Workshop, Nechako Community Theatrics Society, Huble Homestead, Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, coached volleyball with School District 57 and supported Hell Yeah Prince George as an administrator.
These are a few accomplishments I am very proud of.
- City of Prince George Youth of the Year (1999)
- Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal (2002)
- Prince George Chamber of Commerce Top 40 under 40 (2013, 2016/2017 and 2018/2019)
- PG Chamber of Commerce Business Person of the Year (2017)
- and, my team at Big Brothers Big Sisters of Prince George was recognized as Big Brothers Big Sisters of Canada National Trailblazers (2014) and Prince George Chamber of Commerce Community Impact Award winner (2014).