My family moved to our beautiful neighbourhood in Colwood in 2006. Colwood had much to offer as the community we chose to raise our two young boys. Our natural environment, parks, streams, beaches and trails, offers much for young families making Colwood a great place to live.
After service in the Armed Forces and as a Corrections Officer, I moved to Greater Victoria 23 years ago to begin a successful career in law enforcement. With more than 20 years service as a police officer, I am passionate about community safety and am honoured to have the opportunity to serve the public. As a former Media Relations Officer, I developed a greater understanding that citizen engagement and community involvement are integral parts of policing and necessary for a vibrant community. In 2009, the Mayor appointed me to the Colwood Protective Services Committee as a citizen representative. During my time on this committee, I worked closely with the Colwood Fire Department, Westshore RCMP, and Colwood Bylaws Enforcement to deliver and improve safety in our community.
As a member of your council, I have the skills and experience to benefit our community. In addition, I have volunteered on various committees, offering advice and input to council on many issues. We are experiencing unprecedented growth and I want to be a part of helping to shape Colwood for the future.
Community involvement and volunteerism are values that are important to me. As I mentioned previously, I was appointed to the Protective Services Committee through to December 2017, when the committee structure was changed. I was also appointed as a citizen volunteer member to other Colwood committees, including:
· Sewers committee
· Safe Routes to Schools committee
I was also served seven years as a board member for the Juan de Fuca Soccer Club, holding several different positions. As a board member, I learned the value of a healthy community sports network and the importance of places for youth and children to play, whether it be sports fields, parks or green spaces.
Telfer School of Management / Harvard Law School, 2014 : Canadian Police Association Executive Leadership Program
Leadership Victoria, 2010: Community based leadership development program
Simon Fraser University, 1993: Bachelors degree in Criminology