I was born in Alliston, Ont. in 1956 to a career military father and homemaker mother. We moved from one posting to the next (including London, England circa Beatlemania) before settling in Ottawa in the late '60s. I met my wife Carolyn when we were both in Carleton University's journalism program, and we've been together ever since while living and working (with no children and various beloved cats) in Toronto, on Salt Spring Island and in Vancouver. We lucked upon our Whiffin Spit home one glorious spring afternoon in May, 2003 and have grown to love the peace, the forested setting, the prevailing winds, the hot-and-cold running wildlife and the ready access to the Spit. My favourite haunts locally include Sooke Yoga and Wellness, the Stick in the Mud Coffeehouse, the public library and, in what would be an utter shock to my younger self, municipal council chambers for public meetings that I have often called "the best Monday night entertainment in town."
I spent more than three decades as a staff and freelance writer with a focus on the music
industry and tourism marketing. Shifting into semi-retirement, I became active in local
volunteerism a decade ago. I was president of Transition Sooke for five years before recently
stepping down to run for council a second time, and I'm now in my final months as the
Following a fascinating and rewarding life challenge during the 2014 election, i was appointed for
two-year stints to the District's Climate Change Action Committee (as chairperson)
and its Community Centre Advisory Committee.
With Transition Sooke, I've led a grassroots team of caring, progressive locals who wish to rekindle a sustainable, resilient, common sense and connected community. Sooke has traditionally been all of those things and remains so to an impressive degree. Yet to keep these values thriving, we've been creating working groups (Zero Waste Sooke, for one), hosting speaker and film nights, organizing rewarding open-space community dialogues, and presenting a growing list of special events -- the Sooke Region Ecohome Tour, the Sooke Repair Cafes and theSooke Region Earth Day Celebrations included. I've also led delegations to council regarding single-use plastic reduction, alternative energy initiatives, a bear-smart garbage bylaw and oil tanker traffic in the Strait of Juan de Fuca. We've demonstrated, in our own quiet, minimal-budget way, the "power of just doing stuff," to quote the title of an inspiring book written by Transition founder Rob Hopkins.
- Transition Sooke: President (2014-18)
- Edward Milne Community School Society: President (2015-18)
- Sooke Farmland Trust Society: Board member (2013-17)
- Team member with Sooke for the Peace Valley, Dogwood BC's Sooke chapter and Save Our Coast Sooke
- District of Sooke appointments: Climate Change Action Committee chair (2015/16), Community Centre
Advisory Committee (2015/16), Community Grants (2012), Economic Development (2011)
- Campaign Manager for Alanda Carver, JDF Electoral Area campaign (2011)
- Social media content provider in whole for Transition Sooke, Sooke Region Food CHI and Awareness Film Night,
and in part for Sooke Yoga & Wellness, EMCS Society Programs, Zero Waste Sooke and Wild Wise Sooke.
- My website
- Bachelor of Journalism, Carleton University, Ottawa
- More than three decades as a staff and freelance writer/editor in Toronto, Vancouver, Victoria and Sooke
- Staff positions with Transport Canada, the Canadian Institute of Travel Counsellors, Global Television Network
and the Performing Rights Organization of Canada (now SOCAN)
- Senior editor of The Record, Canada's music industry weekly business magazine
- Freelance contributor to Vancouver, Western Living, EAT and Westworld magazines
- Contract copywriter with BC Tourism, Tourism Vancouver Island, Oceanside Tourism and Vancouver Island North
- Other clients have included Pharmasave National, the University of British Columbia Sustainability Office, the Pacific Music Industry Association,
True North Records, BMG Music Canada and Carol Marks-George Publicity.