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  • November 20, 2011

    To The Citizens of Abbotsford – Thank You!

    My sincere thanks to everyone that voted for me, I am truly humbled and look forward to serving all the citizens of Abbotsford.

    To my campaign team and the many volunteers, friends and family that demonstrated their support in so many ways…thank you to everyone! A special thank you to my wife who supported me with her words of encouragement and wise counsel at key points along the way and for enduring hearing me give the same message over and over again as I met with various groups. Thank you to all of the candidates who allowed their names to be placed on the ballot – I have a whole new appreciation for those in public service and what it takes to run… Continue Reading


  • November 19, 2011

    Six Weeks of Intense Campaigning – Time to Vote!

    Abbotsford is a great a city and, during the past 6 weeks, I have had the privilege and pleasure of meeting some ofthe great people that make up our diverse city; men and women who are making a difference in our community.

    Thank you to the thousands who visited my website, e-mailed, telephoned, stopped me in a parking lot, bumped into me at a restaurant or at a Heat Hockey game.  You know who you are.   Thank you for your kind words of encouragement and support.  The past six weeks just flew by; most days began at 4 a.m. and ended at 10 or 11 p.m., but I can honestly say that I enjoyed the intensity of the campaign. The campaign has been intense and differences of opinions have been expressed.  Regardless of your candidate choice or views on the Referendum, please… Continue Reading


  • November 18, 2011

    Beginnings

    A chicken coop was a modest beginning for my life in Abbotsford, but I am filled with gratitude for the opportunities this great city has provided. It is a city that has given me much, and a community I want to serve; to give back to out of appreciation.

    My mother and father were refugees who fled the southern Ukraine in 1943, ending up in a refugee camp in Germany.  From there the Mennonite Central Committee chartered 3 ships to take 5,000 Mennonites to Paraguay, which is where my parents married and where I was born. I was 3 1/2 years old when I arrived in Abbotsford. I was afraid. I had no voice. I was a young child who couldn’t speak the language, who did not understand the culture, and who did not have a clue then what a phenomenal adventure life in my new home would be…. Continue Reading


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