I was born and raised in Calgary, with a sprawling family back in Weyburn, Saskatchewan, where farming and big meals defined much of my childhood. My parents moved to Calgary for the opportunities it provided them, but also for the future it would provide for their children. And they were right.
My parents didn’t have money for university, so I worked through it, and got as many scholarships as I could. After my first degree I got another one in Education, and then my own classroom, inspiring a new generation of passionate learners. And I have never stopped.
For 11 years I have been teaching young teens to aspire to be not only great writers and thinkers, but active citizens in the world being created around them. I worked at Chestermere Lake Middle School, engaging youth from every walk of life, and through every form of struggle. I’m known as Humanities Teacher, Debate Coach, Badminton and Basketball Coach, Budget Manager, Policy Adviser, and trusted colleague. And it is through teaching, and my adopted son Killian, that I found a desire to enter politics.
We all need a sustainable future, for my child and every Albertan. A robust and diverse economy, encouraged by global investment and local expertise. As Albertans, we are a community that needs to support and respect our entrepreneurs, our strong business community, our cultural heritage, and of course, our taxpayers. I support, above all else, a balanced budget, and a plan that sustains a strong Alberta for future Albertans. I do this for the 600+ students that have moved through my classroom, and the son who can be proud to call himself Albertan.
And of course, as a Social Studies teacher, I strongly support the need for debate and conversation, which can be done over coffee or a pint at anyone’s convenience.