I grew up in rural Manitoba and began my career as an automotive technician in that same small town. I complete my four-year automotive apprenticeship in 1986 with Interprovincial Red Seal Journeyman Certificate. I worked as a journeyman until I began my teaching career in 1994 at Red River College. This was something that piqued my interest for some time and when I got an opportunity to try, I jumped at it. While I embarked on this new career, I was required to, and completed a Certificate in Adult Education, plus added the Diploma in Vocational Education. In 2004 I completed a B.Sc. Technical Education from Ferris State University, and in 2014 a M.Ed. University of Manitoba. I believe strongly in life-long learning and take every opportunity participate in upgrading.
I have been a member of NACAT since 2000. I attended my first conference in Big Rapids and hosted the following year’s conference in Winnipeg. I learned firsthand what it takes to host a conference and how important it is for NACAT to stay connected to our many industry supporters. I believe that it is important for us as educators to continue to learn to use new technologies both in class and under the hood of today’s automobiles. It is important that NACAT continue to provide opportunity for furthering the education of automotive teachers across the continent and to be a support network for all who are involved in automotive education.
I have been married to Faye for 29 years and have three grown children. My summertime leisure will find me out on my bicycle, fishing or on the patio at home. In the winter months I cheer on the Jets and do a little ice-fishing.