I was born into a family of entertainers and growing up I originally wanted to be a famous musician. I studied music, learned the guitar, and even went into an audio engineering course in high school. I’ve written an album’s worth of music over the past 10 years or so, but have not yet had the opportunity to publish any of it.
Later in high school, I got
interested in the drama program and even went off to
I became a DJ in the mid to late 90s, due to my love of music, people, and entertaining in general, and was hired as the DJ of one of the top aboriginal night clubs in the city. I also worked for Roadshow Sound and Light for several years as a DJ performing at socials, dances, weddings, and even on the Paddle Wheel Riverboat cruises.
After that I decided to pursue
another of my life-long interests – computer programming. I was sponsored by
the Métis Employability & Training Initiative Strategy (METIS) to attend
the Computer Programmer Course at CDI College. I got a job as a computer
programmer at a pharmaceutical research firm in
It was during that time that I had gotten
married, and my son was born a while later. My wife and I decided that I should
stay home to care for our two children to avoid some of the heavy daycare costs
that would eat up any income I made if I’d gone out to find work. IT jobs were
now scarce in
As a stay-at-home dad I had a lot
of time to develop my talents as a writer and was told by family and friends
that I ought to pursue it professionally. I applied for and was accepted into
the Creative communications course at
My goals for the future include working as a columnist for one of our local news papers and perhaps becoming a novelist. I prefer to maximize the time I spend at home with my family if possible. This is why I chose this career path to begin with.
Of course with this program I’ll be able to decide after year 1 where my true interests lie. There are three main tracks a student may pursue after the first year – Journalism, Advertising, or Public Relations. The opportunities in any one of these are extensive.