Combining business with an interest in "green issues" has been a long time passion for Tim. After graduating with his MBA from the University of Western Ontario, Tim got on a flight almost immediately to work for two years with CUSO in Botswana, in southern Africa. "The chance to combine my business interest with working with business owners in a developing nation was an opportunity I just couldn't pass up." Those two years quickly turned into ten, as he continued to work with small and medium enterprises across the developing and developed world.
Although a strong environmentalist, Tim's interest with the Green Party is primarily in the areas of economics and social justice. "I still remember E.F. Schumacher's description of efficiency in his book Small Is Beautiful. In it, Schumacher makes the point that our economic models focus on the individual as opposed to the resource, because it was always assumed that resources were infinite. Since we now know that to be not true it seems ridiculous to continue with our current approach of exploiting resources until they are finished. Oceans empty of fish, forests devoid of trees and a polluted atmosphere are what we will reap in the end."
Currently a project management trainer and consultant, Tim and his wife Veronica Koopmans (a family doctor in the town) live in the Mill Pond area of Richmond Hill. Tim has been a member of the Green Party for two years. He is also a part owner in a resort (Joseph's Resort near Algonquin Park) that caters to small family and professional groups. "We are seeing a growing number of clients that just want to get back to nature. They come to our resort to relax, walk around the pond and try to get away from it all for a short time."
Tim and his team have already started developing a long term presence in the new riding of Richmond Hill. They will be kicking off their association with a "Richmond Hill Pick Up Day" which will involve working with the town and volunteers in making Richmond Hill a cleaner, greener place to live and work in. A new web site has just gone up www.RichmondHillGreens.ca, and the association is planning a number of different fundraising and community events over the next few months. "We're looking at a 5-10 year plan. Increase our presence in the next election and show people that we're a party of doers. After that, with new members to inspire us, we plan on representing Richmond Hill by 2008."
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