I spent 25 years starting owning and managing three small companies in the manufacturing, mining, energy and technology sectors. I also served as a founding member of the board of the Offshore Trade Association of Nova Scotia, as president of the Cape Breton Offshore Trade Association, as Executive Director of Vision - Community Initiatives for Regional Development and as co chair of the remediation subcommittee of the Sydney Tar Ponds Cleanup.
From this background I joined my love here in BC when just making a living failed to complete our human experience. Since January 2000 we have shared our passion for learning and exploration while taking the time to care for aging parents in their sunset years.
After going car free and becoming vegetarian, building "The Biggest Little House in Sidney" has launched us towards the creation of an urban oasis that aims to demonstrate and promote our sustainable lifestyle strategies. We are passionate about sharing what we have learned along the way.
developing sustainable lifestyle stategies
Producing more than we consume!
We committed ourselves to a sustainable lifestyle by relinquishing our cars and going vegetarian years ago. When we built our 1250 square foot home we saw glimpses of a future where we reconnect with how things work. Building our own house from the ground up, introduced us to a new vision.
What if instead of writing checks for others to do things for us, we started doing things for ourselves again? What if we were not mere consumers but became producers as well? What if we produced more food and more energy than we consume? It was a vision that captivated our imagination, a vision that was born of a desire to build more than a house.
Our aim is to build a better future by reducing our environmental footprint while maintaining or improving our quality of life. We are striving to be more than mere consumers; to become producers as well. Our long term goal is to produce more energy than we consume; calories and kilowatts.
Sustainable Lifestyle Strategies, house design, living car free, eating vegetarian, urban agriculture, solar energy, wind energy, net metering, and loving life!
Preventative health care, financial planning, economic strategies, understanding corruption, soft formation mining, oil extraction, the limits of politics, the economics of sustainability.
Always keen to understand more about our world and how it works. Long time fan of science shows and books that explore new concepts and ideas about the human condition. In the past my varied interests stretching from cognitive dissonance to religion to climate change and beyond to a world where we produce more than we consume. TED is exciting because it provides a rich mosaic of ideas in one spot that is "Free to the World". TED will never be my only source of inspiration but it has become an integral part of my adventure in learning.
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