Occupation: Member of Parliament
Family: Married with three adult daughters and three grandsons (ages 8, 3 and 1).
Education: Graduated in 1981 from Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton in business administration, major in marketing management; University of Alberta, supervisory management certificate program graduated in 1988.
Political Experience: Served as City of Kelowna councillor from 1996 to 2005, during which time also served as director for Regional District of Central Okanagan & Hospital Board, president of the Okanagan Mainline Municipal Association, Union of BC Municipalities executive, Treaty Advisory Committee and numerous committees in Kelowna-Lake Country.
Community organization membership affiliates: Royal Canadian Legion Branch 26 in Kelowna, Army, Navy & Air Force Veterans of Canada Branch 376 in Kelowna, Sunrise Rotary Club, Willow Park Church.
Why you would be an effective MP: I have a passion for helping people and will remain accessible to help wherever and whenever I can. I have proven experience bringing federal investment into Kelowna-Lake Country to help strengthen the local economy. I’ve developed strong relationships with all levels of local government; after all, there is only one taxpayer. With my small business background, I know firsthand the importance of keeping taxes low and helping local businesses, singles, seniors and families to thrive.