The Poke and the Pitch
After Woody Guthrie died, Bob Dylan was asked to submit a piece for a book that was coming out. "Something about Woody," Bob said. "Sort of like: what does Woody Guthrie mean to you in 25 words." He wrote out 5 pages and it became a spoken word piece called "Last Thoughts on Woody Guthrie". Trying to condense your thoughts is difficult, especially when it's something you're particularly passionate about, like Dylan was about Woody.
I’m married to my beautiful wife Heather, who is a certified massage therapist and yoga teacher and owner of the Ananda Centre for Balance. We have two sons, Dylan (11) and Ben (7) who are students at Dr. Clark School. We live in downtown Fort McMurray, just a couple blocks from the river and my favourite fishing spot.
I came to Wood Buffalo in the dead of winter in 1996, just before the oil sands industry took off again and this community and region began to grow at an unparalleled rate. From the very beginning I got involved with the community, joining the interPLAY Society, participating in the food bank drives, organizing the Canada Day Fireworks concert (back when we used to do it on the hill next to the bridge) and performing on the Keyano Theatre stage.
I want to be on Council because I know that I have a lot to offer. I have a proven track record of being successful in a team environment, of being collaborative, creative and getting things done. I believe that as Councillors we need to seek first to understand. It is our job! To listen, to learn, to debate, to challenge the process, to inspire a shared vision of what is possible in Wood Buffalo. We need to encourage, demonstrate leadership, be respectful of one another, and honour and embrace the responsibility we’ve been given.
I believe that we live in an incredible region, and that BIG SPIRIT is more than a fancy catch phrase. It truly defines what is absolutely unique about Wood Buffalo. As the 2010 Big Spirit Ambassador Award recipient, I pledge to continue telling our story and shaping it, as Wood Buffalo becomes the envy of Alberta, Canada and the World. On October 18th I’m asking for your support. Thank you.