There is an exciting opportunity out there, and I want the students, teachers, administration, and parents of Algoma District School Board to know about it!
As a Senior Electrical Planner working out of Central Trades at Algoma Steel, I am witness every day to the increasing need for engineers and tradespeople. As our senior tradespeople and technical specialists retire, we simply don’t have enough people filling in the ranks – and this is not just happening in Sault Ste. Marie, but all over Ontario.
These are good-paying, stable jobs. While all post-graduate education is valuable, it is important that students are aware of the opportunity that is working in trades.
I want to be the advocate for this opportunity, and that is why I am running for ADSB Ward 3 Trustee.
For over 15 years, I have been a committed member of Sault College’s Electrical Advisory Committee, which consists of various industry representatives. Committees such as this are mandated by the province to ensure that trades programs produce graduates who will meet the needs of employers. I am proud to say that Sault College hosts an excellent Electrical program taught be excellent instructors. Pursuing trades truly prepares students for life after graduation.
I have recently been elected to my second term as Trustee on the Executive of United Steel Workers Local 2724, and prior to that held both Guard and Guide Executive positions. As such, I have extensive experience with collective agreements and negotiating as part of a team that will be valuable as an ADSB Trustee. From an education perspective, I have both an Electrical Engineering Technologist Diploma from Sault College and a Diploma in Photography from Fanshawe College – two very different programs that give me a well-rounded perspective on post-graduate education.
On a personal note, I am a happily-married father of three great kids. My youngest just graduated from Grade 8 at Pinewood Public School, and all three now attend White Pines C. & V.S.
I was raised in Sault Ste. Marie, I’m a supporter of the arts, and I have a love for the outdoors. In my spare time, I enjoy volunteering with different youth activity groups. I am the past President of the Navy League of Canada Sault Ste. Marie Branch and I am currently a member of the 2310 Royal Canadian Army Cadets sponsoring committee.
As a passionate and committed father and northern Ontarian, I look forward to running for Ward 3 Trustee and the opportunity to continue advancing education with ADSB for Sault Ste. Marie and surrounding communities