My formative years were spent growing up in rural and small town in Saskatchewan. After attending the University of Saskatchewan (Saskatoon), but prior to starting my teaching career, I joined the RCMP. Here I served in uniform for 3 years before moving into specialized service, working in various locations across Canada. Eventually I transitioned into employment with CSIS. Retiring from Public Service in 1994, I worked as a VP in an oil patch related industry from 1994 to 1995. In early 1996 I joined the Knights of Columbus Agency and provided service as an Agent in Alberta /NWT for more than 24 years, retiring in May 2020.