A goal to enable individuals and communities to take greater ownership over their futures gives purpose to the most rewarding work I complete.
Approaching my work with a servant-leadership mindset, my expertise is in designing strategies and platforms which create meaningful & engaging experiences in support of helping others achieve their goals.
For almost two decades, I was regarded as a community leader, public intellectual and place enthusiast. I led communities in transforming the way they see & inhabit their neighbourhoods and cities. This work culminated in three years of research on the importance of place where I consider how informal learning experiences contribute to the development of community leaders.
Although it is not a complete archive, I have collected together in one place the work I am most proud of 🖼️ which includes:
- The Localist—a weekly local (list) publication 📰
- Circumnavigating Lake Fanshawe—finding a temple in the woods 🏞️
- Block Party in a Box—a resource for planning block parties 📦
- Walk London & 100 Ways—poster projects to engage 📃
- For Community—on communities of identity, faith, and place 📢
- PARK(ing) Day—a re-imagination of public parking space 🅿️
- Good City—the flag most of my place-based work flies 🏁
Now, I spend my time at Fanshawe College working as an Academic Consultant. In my role I analyze academic offerings and strategize ways our organization can engage, educate, and empower students to think critically and develop a sense of social responsibility and global citizenship.
I hold a Master of Adult Education in Community Leadership from St. Francis Xavier University 🎓, a Diploma in Urban Planning from Fanshawe College, and a Bachelor of Education from Western University.
When not in the office, I can be found trying to be a better husband, son, brother, uncle, friend, and neighbour. I often have my nose in a book 📚, am trying my hand at being a mediocre-at-best urban-homesteader, and am working to better appreciate the public library as place & the central role it has in fostering community leadership.