* Employer: Metro News * Birthplace/Home Town: Cape Breton
* Where else have you lived? Newfoundland, Cole Harbor, NS, Quispamsis, NB
* Describe yourself in three words: Creative, Effective, Well-rounded
* Why FUSION Halifax? What do you hope to accomplish in your role this year?
Looking to help move our city move progressively forward through supporting the FUSION Halifax action teams on their various projects by offering Marketing support and helping them connect the dots. I want to help FUSION Halifax strengthen its position as the catalyst for change in this city, and further reinforce to the 20-40 age demographic that there is a way to make your voice heard. I’m also looking to get a little less sleep. * Tell us something about yourself that we’d be surprised to know:
I’m a blues guitarist, and therefore a huge Blues nut. Most of the music I listen to is pre-1970s, and I really can’t stand to listen to today’s music. * What do you love about the East Coast? What’s the best thing about living in Halifax?
I love the people on the East Coast compared to other places. The best thing about Halifax is that there is a fair amount going on (much like larger cities), yet it still retains that small town feel.
* If the sky was the limit, what would you change about Halifax?
Halifax has a lot going for it, but there are some issues. I think one of the more important initiatives, for any community, would be further integration of clean energies and the reduction of coal and oil dependency. This requires not only a change in the policies and practices at higher levels of business and government, but also a mind-set shift for the entire community. I believe in order to make these types of changes happen, we need to increase the concentration of ‘makers and doers’ in our city, which would involve addressing the ‘brain-drain’ of a lot of our best and brightest to larger cities in order make more money. * What is your favorite restaurant/pub/place to meet?
Celtic Corner seems to have some of the best food in the city, combined with a great atmosphere. * What would you tell a new young person moving to Halifax?
Halifax is still an unfinished painting - there is a lot of Canvas room to do whatever you’d like to do, or improve upon other peoples work. Don’t feel like you can’t get involved or make a difference just because we are a smaller area – I’d say most of the effective people I know live in this city. * If someone were to ask you, “Who should I know in Halifax?” Who would you recommend they meet?
Matt Whitman, although I’ve only met him briefly, ha ha ha