Business: Promoting and protecting the health of individuals and our community.
Biggest business achievement: Developed and implemented the first mental health strategy for the City of Ottawa.
Biggest obstacle overcome: A lack of funding and government support for mental health programs and services.
Biggest influences: As an ADHD kid growing up, it was all the people in my life helping me channel my energy into positive outlets such as sports and volunteering – especially my grandma Phyllis, my parents and a few special teachers and principals who helped keep me out of trouble!
Biggest lesson learned during COVID-19: Don’t sweat the small stuff, because if you are safe and healthy, and your family is safe and healthy, everything else is small stuff.
Charitable involvement: The Canadian Association for Suicide Prevention
First job: Rink attendant at Fisher Park community rink
Advice I’d give the younger me: You don’t have to have it all figured out, just keep working hard, have fun and be kind to others and yourself.
Favourite pastime: Any physical activity outside and in nature with my family