As a teen, I worked in convenient stores as a clerk for several years. In my last year of High School, I became quite popular after being the first student to ever hitchhike to Florida from Montreal and return over Spring Break. When summer came, I traveled to Whitehorse and returned via Prince George and the Cariboos to the Okanagan and back east through Banff. Then I went to Newfoundland. After that, I bought a motorcycle and drove it to Guatemala. The following year, I drove an old car all the way to El Salvador in Central America.
After four years of work and travels, I realized that I had a facility in learning foreign languages, so I decided to go to University, where I studied to become a Second Language Teacher. Then I got married to Nathalie and worked as a teacher of English as a Second Language. We started a family, and at the birth of my second son, I stopped teaching and started an MBA program at Sherbrooke University. That led me to accept positions in school administration in Western Canada.
In 1999, things started to go down hill, and I ended up a single Dad with four children including a newborn baby. After the birth of our daughter, Nathalie required extensive hospitalization. At that time, I lived in a fly-in Native Community in Northern Alberta without daycare services. To make matters worst, my administrative position at the school was in process of being terminated, so I needed to find a new job. I managed to get an all expenses paid interview in Montreal. I was able to bring my baby girl, and left her with my in-laws. It was a devastating experience. While I was in Montreal, just before my interview, I visited with my mother who lived with her sister. I was all dressed up for my interview, Mom was so proud of me. She looked at me and said to my aunty “don’t you think he looks like a Member of Parliament ?” to what my aunty replied “No ! Not at all ! He looks like a Cabinet Minister !” It is strange how caring individuals can find ways, to uplift others in difficult times. The interview was not successful, and I flew back west.
I relocated to British Columbia with my three boys, in a community called Alert Bay, where I was offered a position as a Vice Principal. Some time after, Nathalie moved back with us. Eventually she flew to Quebec City and brought our daughter back, and the family was reunited at last. After some time on the coast, I concluded that I was having more success as a teacher than as principal, so I went back into the classroom. That led me to Duchess Park High School, in Prince George, in the spring of 2000. Attracted with the prospect of a continuing contract, we moved to the Nechako Valley where I became the French/Spanish teacher.
In 2005, my son Emile, who was about to begin grade three, asked me candidly; “will you ever be my teacher ?” This is all he needed to say, for me to request a transfer from a High School teaching position to a grade three French Immersion position. Then, for a whole year, I was Emile’s favorite teacher. In all honesty, the other students didn’t like me, but there was one that was so proud to be in my class and to have his Dad as his teacher.
For the last six years, I have been teaching at E-bus Academy. It is an online K to 12 school facility offering education via the Internet. I am the Second Language Specialist on site. I have enjoyed this position since the first day. It will be with great regrets that I will transition away from it.
My favorite activity at home is watching the rebirth of spring in the garden and around the house. I love the long summer days and evenings by the camp fire. In the fall, I enjoy eating apples straight from the trees in the garden. In winter, there is nothing like resting by the wood-stove on a cold winter morning; sipping a cup of mint tea, eating homemade jam on freshly baked bread waiting for everyone to wake up.
Do not pay so much attention to what I say, look at what I do.
If you say that you always end up in a relationship with liars, you should consider dating those who do not tell you what you want to hear. It works the same way with elections.
Just give me a chance, and I will try to bring more common sense to the House of Commons.
Quotes from famous people
“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, and then you win.”
– Mahatma Gandhi
“You can ignore reality, but you can’t ignore the consequences of having ignored reality.”
– Ayn Rand
“A lie cannot live.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.
“Socialism works until you run out of other people’s money.”
– Margaret Thatcher
“We have a system that increasingly taxes work and subsidizes non-work.”
– Milton Friedman
Quotes from unknown source
“First, you need to believe in yourself, only then people will begin to believe in you.”
“When the student is ready, the teacher will appear.”