I grew up in Eastern Ontario on dairy farm where I attended a one room schoolhouse with no indoor plumbing. I went on from high school to obtain my BA from Carleton University in Ottawa.
I have enjoyed 46 years of marriage with my wife Liz and we raised our now grown daughters who have blessed us with 3 grand children who brighten up our world and keep us young and busy! Fun fact: I am 5th generation from the same township! Liz and I ran a successful beef farm and a firewood business, and I spent 35 years working for Statistics Canada.
In 1971, at the age of 16, I bought my very first snowmobile, an SS300 Skiroule. I was working at a local cheese factory and managed to save $700 which allowed me to pay with cash. I’ve owned a handful of snowmobiles over the years; 1970 Ski Daddler, 1971 Skiroule, 1972 Northway, 1975 Yamaha, 1982 Yamaha, 2 1991 Yamaha, 1995 Yamaha, 1996 Yamaha, 1997 Yamaha, 2 1999 Yamaha, 2 2001 Yamaha, 2004 Yamaha, 2005 Yamaha, 2006 Yamaha, 2007 Yamaha, 2008 Yamaha, 2009 Yamaha, 2012 Yamaha, and a 2016 Yamaha. We’re currently housing a 2005, 2009, 2012, and 2016 Yamaha, along with some classics, a 1965 Snow Cruiser, 1971 Skiroule S300 (waiting for restoration), and a 1973 Moto Ski Cadet.
In 1982, Liz and I started volunteering with our local club (Kemptville) and have been active ever since – 38 years! I became Vice President which quickly evolved into the position of President. I started volunteering provincially in 1995 as a member of the trails committee. I’m happy to say that I have held a variety of positions at the provincial table including Volunteer Committee Chair, Governor, President, and after a short retirement, am now back as Governor. Liz and I have attended every OFSC AGM since the 25th anniversary AGM that was held in Niagara Falls. I was honoured with the title of Canadian Snowmobiler of the year in 1995 and won a trip to Cedar Rapids in Iowa to receive my (CCSO) award at the International Snowmobile Association Convention.
Snowmobiling continues to be the centre of our recreational lives and we have enjoyed thousands of hours of family outings and trips with our friends. Our family has put on over 250,000 km’s on our snowmobiles in our many years and more importantly, we’ve made a lot of friends from all over Ontario and I can’t think of a better activity to spend quality time with my family and friends.