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Growing up in Drumheller, I was an active youth interested in martial arts. During high school and shortly after graduation, I used to travel to Delia to teach Shotokan Karate at the Delia school in the evenings. After graduating from the Drumheller Composite High School in Drumheller in 1985, I started work for McLean construction as a flag person and then a packer operator on the 851 hi way construction into Delia. At this time I boarded with my sister and brother in law Jo-Anne and Gary Dalton. My next Job was with PCL Maxim working on the then under construction Royal Tyrell Museum. This work turned into full time employment as electrician’s helper for RD Electric. Unfortunately this business closed down so I decided to take upgrading to get into the Air force. It was at this time that I met my soon to be wife who is a Three Hills native.
Plans changed, I married and moved to Three Hills to raise a family. There I started working seasonally with the County of Kneehill until full time employment with the Town of Three Hills presented itself. In 1989, I started as a labourer and finished 12.5 years later as operations manager. In this time I was able to achieve the highest water and wastewater certifications that the town had had in its employment. In 2003, the allure of the big oilpatch wage had me leave the town and start with an Oil and Gas well Optimization company based in Three Hills. This job had me transfer to Lethbridge for four years and then with another slow down, relocated back to Drumheller as the office had relocated there. In 2009, my wife and I purchased an old homestead near Munson. After 8.5 years and archiving lead optimization tech, I was again lured to a small company back in Three Hills as Operations Manager at Specialized Desanders. This was my forever position until being laid off in 2019 due to lack of work.
At this time, I was ready to move away from the oil field and started Working for Terra Water systems out of Calgary operating / managing remote camp site water and wastewater services. AS much as I liked working in the Water and Wastewater industry, being away from home for extended periods became tedious and I decided to seek permanent local work in the industry. This of course has led me the Village of Delia. My plan is to bring my extensive knowledge of public works / water waste water operations and comprehensive management experience to the Village to supply an excellent level of service to the community.
I don’t do much for martial arts anymore, I think because of my love of motorcycles and everything related. I am active in the riding community and have been a contributing writer for The Riders Magazine for a number of years. My wife and I and when they are around, our five grand children enjoy our homesteading, practicing sustainability methods, exploring alternative building methods, investigating alternative energy applications, and enjoying the simple acreage life back in my home community. I am looking forward to my tenure with The Village of Delia.