· Journalist, community activist and union leader
· After studies at the University of B.C., worked as a journalist at the Vancouver Sun since 1979
· Took part of opposition to extreme policies of Surrey School Board in the 1990s
· Active in group opposing urban sprawl in Mission
· Elected President in 1988 of union representing more than 2,000 newspaper employees in B.C.
· Serves on executives of local NDP provincial and federal riding associations
· Lives with his partner Kelly in the Silverdale area of Mission with their three daughters and a nephew.