Welcome to Saskatonians, the newest feature from Sasknow.ca! We are featuring and recognizing people within the community of Saskatoon, showcasing the great things that they do, what they like and how they make Saskatoon great!
Where are you from and how long have you lived in Saskatoon?
I grew up on a farm near Moosomin, SK. In 1995, I moved to Saskatoon for university and established my business here in 2000.
What is your favourite restaurant in Saskatoon?
There are so many wonderful restaurants in this city, so very hard to choose. Some of my favourites are Red Pepper, Saigon II, La Bamba, and Las Palapas.
What is your favourite activity in Saskatoon?
I continue to enjoy many activities in Saskatoon. Running/biking the trails along the river is one of my favourite things, spring to fall.
If you could change one thing about Saskatoon, what would it be?
Increase the level of basic literacy, for those in our city that need this help and education; To increase their opportunities for success in all areas of life.
What’s the best thing about living in Saskatoon?
I love this city, and it's hard to put it on one thing. This city has many fantastic people, a diverse range of things to do and see, and a beautiful river to enjoy.
Where do you work and what do you do? I am a Certified Financial Planner, with Freedom 55 Financial. I provide full financial planning including retirement, cash flow, and estate planning. I help my clients understand their goals, choices, and cash flow, so they can make informed decisions about making their life, and the lives of their families, what they need and want.
What other interesting jobs have you had?
Since 13 I have worked at a craft shop, KFC, served at restaurants, and painted for College Pro.
I also enjoy volunteering and being part of the community. Over the years I have volunteered with many organizations and fundraising events, on several committees, and as a board member.
Currently I am on the executive for READ Saskatoon, and have been involved at some level for many years. I will continue to support this very necessary organization in our fast-paced complex world. Many adults struggle with literacy in one form or another, and READ gives people opportunities to learn and create new paths in life. Literacy is so much more than just learning to read; it includes understanding basic math, understanding financial choices, and what learning tools are beneficial for helping your children develop in their early years.
If you could go anywhere in the world right at this moment where would you go and why?
At this moment, I don’t think about being anywhere else in the world but Canada as it is so beautiful in summer. I love SK, and our many lakes. In a couple months, I’ll definitely be thinking about somewhere warm. Cozumel, Mexico and Belize are on my list for their beautiful waters and coral.
What is the most embarrassing thing that has happened to you?
Well I have had quite a few moments through life.
Tell us something that not everyone may know about you.
I made a commitment about 20 years ago to conquer my heights fear, and have done many activities to challenge it. This went from painting a 3 story house peak on a ladder, to jumping off the Stratosphere in Vegas and walking the glass over the Grand Canyon, and then doing a tandem freefall from 11,000 feet.
If you could have only one meal the rest of your life what would it be?
Vietnamese satay chicken and vegetable noodle bowl. What type of music do you listen to?
I enjoy a variety of music, but my preference is definitely rock.
Who is your hero?
I struggled with this question, as I really don’t think I have a typical hero. I would say that I try to notice and appreciate the traits I love about the people I have chosen to keep close to me in life. People that survive struggles and battles on a day to day basis, while trying to balance it with the wonders of life. I am very grateful to have such amazing people around me, that support me and keep me motivated in what I want to accomplish.
What is your favourite thing to spend money on?
Experiences. I think it’s important to see and do new things, and to have fun in life. Our most recent adventure is getting scuba diving PADI certified. It challenges my comfort zones, and has been a new beautiful part of the world to see. So amazing.
If you could retire tomorrow what would you do?
Travel more. Spend more time with family and friends.
What is the strangest thing you have ever eaten?
Apparently I haven’t eaten that much strange stuff. My favourite vegetable is the kohlrabi, which most people find strange. Being that I grew up with this vegetable in the garden every year, I have been surprised over the years how many people have never heard of it.
What’s the worst thing you ever did as a kid?
Well I won’t get into the teenage years. Probably adventuring off on the farm with a friend one morning before everyone got up, and not telling anyone. We were sitting in one of the pea fields eating peas, when my dad drove by later morning. I stood up then and waved. The next hour wasn’t as much fun. Lol
Who is your celebrity crush?
I have never really had a celebrity crush per say. Channing Tatum is pretty hot though..
Your biggest pet peeve is what?
People not respecting others’ time. Punctuality has always been something that is very important to me. This includes communication if things change.
Name someone that you think deserves some recognition.
READ Saskatoon for their dedication to providing adult tutoring, and family and financial literacy programs. Every individual deserves the right to learn, and strong literacy skills are not attained by chance. This organization is a passion for me. Basic literacy skills are a foundation for success in so many areas in life.