It’s my pleasure and privilege to join the Taylor University College and Seminary staff as Associate Director of Development and Alumni Relations. I look forward to working with Taylor family and friends and particularly with you, our alumni. Since I wear two hats here—alumni and development—there will be times that you will hear from me in each capacity. However, it’s important to me that you don’t only see me as “the fundraising guy.” I’m not always angling for a donation!
Now a little about me and my family. I was raised in British Columbia in the Mennonite enclave of Abbotsford. My family has had a long involvement in Christian post-secondary education and I graduated from Trinity Western University in 1997 with a degree in International Studies. During my time at Trinity I was heavily involved on campus with a variety of Student Life programmes. This included intramural sports, campus ministries (i.e. discipleship groups), extension ministries (I sang and traveled with an acappella quartet), student council, and others. I also had the privilege of joining three missions teams traveling to the former Soviet Union. We worked in children’s camps in Ukraine and I fell in love with the country and the culture.
I spent the last 5 years working in the financial services industry here in Canada, but my heart wasn’t in it. When we moved from Calgary to Edmonton last year I decided to make a change. I became aware of an opportunity at Taylor, and the more I learned about the school and its history, the more I was interested in participating in its future. With a little over two months under my belt, the positive first impression that Taylor and its community made upon me has only strengthened. I am already convinced that the firm foundation upon which Taylor University College and Seminary has been built (you can attest to that as alumni) has put it in a position to grow as a leader in Christian higher learning.
I’m not a Taylor alumnus myself, but I already feel part of the school and am confident that I can meet the needs of our alumni. But I’ll need your help and feedback to do that. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are willing and able to offer advice, support, time, or whatever will make it possible to build on the foundation that past students and staff have set in order to ensure a long and rewarding relationship with Taylor. Let’s be honest…we want you to send your kids and grandkids here. So I’ve got my work cut out for me!