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I was born in Manitoba and moved to the Cariboo in the mid 50's with my family. My parents are both deceased, and I have an older sister and a younger brother.
I graduated here in Williams Lake and with the exception of a couple of months have lived here ever since.
I married Lynnette, a rancher’s daughter, in 1965 after a short courtship. Together we raised two children: son Randy, and daughter Toni. We now have 7 grandchildren and they all live here in Williams Lake.
I started my working career in the retail grocery business working after school and continued in that field until I went into business in retail clothing, first as a small partner and later opening my own men's shop. I still own the property on Oliver Street where my wife and I both had retail clothing stores. The men’s store operated for 42 years, and the ladies store operated until my wife was diagnosed with MS and required her to sell.
I have been involved in many organizations and service clubs over the years, as president or on the board of directors, including the Chamber of Commerce and Downtown Business Association. I have been involved with groups like the People in Motion Committee and eventually had a non-profit housing project completed for people with disabilities (Baker Manor). I sat on the board of directors as treasurer for the Go-Bus Society, a non-profit group that operates the transit system in Williams Lake. I have served with Rotary since 1995, and I am presently project chair. I sit as Vice Chair on the Barkerville Heritage Trust, as a director for the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 139, and as Vice President of Glen Arbor, a seniors’ affordable housing complex.
I was involved in Little Theater or what we called the Players Club until family activities became the focal point. I got involved in local government in 1980 and continued until 1996. I served as a councillor from 1980-1990, and I served two terms as mayor from 1990 to 1996 and 2014 to present. I was the MLA for Cariboo South from 2001 to 2005.
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