I was born in Hamilton and raised in Peterborough where I graduated from Crestwood Secondary School. I have earned degrees from Trent, Queen’s, and McMaster Universities.
After having to move to Peel County to begin my teaching career, I was able to return home as Head of History at Lakefield District Secondary School. I was seconded to the Board office for two years to be the Secondary School Program Consultant. In 1997 I moved to Lakefield College School where I was the Dean of Social Science and the Director of Summer Programs. I retired in June 2022.
I met Sue when we were 17 and students at Crestwood and we are still very much in love. We have a beautiful daughter and two beautiful granddaughters and are blessed that they live close by.
I have always believed in serving the community. When I was 37, I was elected to serve as Lakefield’s Deputy Reeve and Peterborough County Councillor. I have been the Board Chair of the Lakefield Library, Morton Community Healthcare Centre, and the Peterborough Social Planning Council. I am now, for the second time, Chair of the Board of the Lakefield Literary Festival and a member of the Morton Community Healthcare Centre Board. I have also served on the Boards of ORCA, Lakefield Police, and Children’s Aid. In addition, I have volunteered with many groups including the Lakefield Jazz and Arts Festival, Imagine the Marsh, the Lakefield Environmental Action Forum, and Ontario’s Fair Tax Commission.
I have written eight books addressing Canadian history and politics. I contribute editorials for newspapers across Canada and write entries for the Canadian Encyclopedia. I am invited to appear on television and radio to discuss current political events.
I have run four marathons and several half marathons and I play hockey in a Peterborough league. I was once signed to a recording contract and released three songs that I composed, one of which was a minor hit in Canada and even made #2 in Sweden – go figure. I am the lead guitarist and singer in a pop-rock band called The Footnotes – grown men playing rock ‘n’ roll and having far too much fun for our own good. We recently played the Vintage Car Show in Lakefield.
I am now a candidate for Selwyn Township’s Lakefield Ward Councillor. I look forward to gathering my skills, experience, and passion to serve and represent the people of Lakefield and the township.