Not many people get to say that they fell in love with their career at the tender age of 14, so I consider myself one of the fortunate ones. I was first introduced to carpentry when I got to watch a carpenter working on my father’s house. I was hooked! After that, I was able to spend three years working after school, on weekends, and during the summer breaks with David McMinn (David has won several awards for his work in heritage restoration) on projects such as building decks, fences, and renovations of heritage homes. So while most teenagers hung out playing video games, I got to spend my “leisure” time swinging a hammer and learning a trade from a true craftsman.
When I turned 18, I decided to move to Vancouver to get my Red Seal in carpentry at BCIT. During this time, I worked for a company that was building high-end homes in some of the wealthiest neighbourhoods in the Lower Mainland. Starting the project from the foundation and ending with the finishing carpentry, I was privileged to train under this set of carpenters. I worked alongside them for over 10 years, developing the skills that would help to shape my own career in the field.