What makes Fernie special to you?
Fernie is special to me because when there is a disaster small or large, affecting one person or the whole community, the people of Fernie band together to offer help or support. It’s in these tough times that the people of Fernie show their mettle.
Fernie has such a strong sense of community and friendship.
What makes you proud to be Canadian?
Canada is a place where all cultures can come and be loved and accepted. We have so much diversity in Canada and this makes us unique and strong. Canadians are tolerant accepting and progressive thinking. These qualities are what make me proud to be Canadian.
What is your Fernie story?
I grew up in Hosmer and went to elementary and high school in Fernie. I met my beautiful wife in Grade 6 at I.D.E.S. We got engaged at prom and married shortly after high school. We moved to Lethbridge for college. However, after graduating, we felt a strong pull to move back to Fernie. I started working in the coal mines and joined the mine rescue team. It was this point that I met many of the great people that serve and protect our community with Fernie Fire Rescue. Through mentorship and training, I was able to join this incredible team. I fell in love with rescue work and serving our community.