I was born in 1969, just at the tail end of the 60’s.

Does that make me old?

Some mornings it sure does.

My hometown of Guelph is a farming community, or was a farming community. It has grown in leaps and bounds over the years while still somewhat retaining its small town culture.

My father’s family had a farm in what is now the south end and my mother’s family farmstead was just east of Guelph. One is still farmland while the other is industrial land.

Coming from a farming family where we had annual family reunions at one of the farms around southern Ontario, we realized how important it was to have a good network of people who would be there to help you no matter what happens. There was a lot of laughing and joking, horseshoes, baseball games and running around chasing the younger children with water balloons. We had a lot of fun.

One of the most interesting things was to sit and listen to some of the older family members talk about what life was like on the farm. I remember a story where an Uncle was talking about his meeting with a lawyer because there were some issues with a neighbour that was taking corn right from my uncles cornfield. The one thing that sticks in my mind about this story was when my uncle asked the lawyer what he was thinking and the lawyer looked at him and said “I’m just not so sure you have a Case” and my Uncle’s response was “Of course I don’t have a Case, I have a John Deere!”

I fell off my chair.

We always had fun times at the reunion.

I come from a family that always had fun. I can’t (and won’t) take myself seriously. Those who know me know I am a well-rounded person (mainly in the physical sense!) and I like to take things with a grain of salt and sugar and the odd glass of beer. While I do like to joke around and make people happy in my personal life, I take my business seriously. What I do has real value for families when something happens that takes one of their members away. I invest in my business, I invest in my education, and most importantly I invest in my clients.

I love what I do.

I do it with purpose.