I was lucky enough to have been born and raised in District 9, and no matter where I live, I'll always consider it to be my home. I believe the Halifax West Armdale region is truly a unique and special place - walk through it for just a few minutes and you'll see beautiful coastline, beloved small businesses, crystal clear lakes, and warm and welcoming communities.
Like many in the district, my journey took me through three exceptional schools: John W. MacLeod, Cunard, and J. L. Ilsley. The education I received there left me well prepared when I went on to study physics: first at Dalhousie University, where I received the Governor General's Medal as the top graduating student, and then at the University of Toronto, where I received a PhD in 2017. My research at both schools focused on renewable energy - a subject I believe in passionately. I intend to use the knowledge and expertise I developed during my research to push for a smarter and greener Halifax.
Although I enjoyed my time in Toronto, after finishing my degree I didn't have to think long about what to do: I had said farewell to Nova Scotia for long enough, and it was time to come home. Upon returning to Halifax, I worked for a few years as a software developer at a local startup, where I was fortunate enough to work with some truly amazing people, and learn a whole new set of skills. Recently, however, I decided it was time to see if I couldn't make a difference in my community, and give something back to the city that had given so much to me.
As a person I'm big on big ideas, and I love tackling new problems. I believe in hard work, learning throughout your life, listening to other people, and admitting when you're in the wrong. It's these attitudes, most of all, that I want to bring to council.
In my spare time I wear many hats: I'm a marathon runner, a devoted uncle, an avid curler, a lover of books and crosswords, and - at the risk of alienating some of my potential voters in advance - a lifelong Habs fan.
(Sorry, but sometimes you have to stick with your team)
Of course, a few paragraphs can only tell you so much about a person. That's why it's my goal to meet as many of you, the residents of District 9, as I can - if possible, in person. I know this won't be easy given the current climate. If I am able to go door-to-door, you can know that I'll be doing so with your health and safety as my foremost concern. If the situation doesn't allow for in-person canvassing, then we'll find another way - it might be well-spaced outdoor events, or it might be individual calls via the internet. We'll see. Either way, I'm looking forward to getting to know all of you.