Chris is an adult educator, a trainer and facilitator, an author, musician and outdoors lover. His love for learning has taken Chris to earn a Master’s degree in Environmental Studies from York University and a Master’s degree in Adult Education from the University of Toronto. He is also the recipient of a national academic research award for ‘Human Impacts on the Environment’.
Chris became interested in politics during his schooling in Environmental Studies:
“I could see that working as an urban planner or an administrator would not allow me to change things I had seen were coming – like the need to address climate change, food security, manage growth and development and keep our green spaces. Only by taking back the decision making power would we be able to decide for ourselves what our neighbourhoods should look like and feel. That’s when I decided to get involved. Growth does not solve the problems of growth.”
Chris also enjoys writing and on topic particular to human development, psychology and connection to nature. His books are published on Amazon.
The Experience – A Guide to the Connection of a Lifetime
“I have a love for learning and a concern for a future. Maintaining a healthy ecosystem, clean air, fresh food and nutrition, clean and plentiful water is absolutely necessary for the next generation. It is our responsibility to ensure we leave this place better than we found it.”
Chris is man of the Mimico soil and can share many memories of Mimico, New Toronto, Long Branch, Bloor Village and everything in between.
“It was a simpler place. Definitely not as congested as it is now. There were local variety stores we would ride our bikes to or we might play ball hockey on the street. Stores were closed on Sunday and we would gather with friends or family to share meals. It was affordable, quiet, friendly and had a neighbourhood by neighbourhood feel. We always knew where to go to hang out or find friends. The labour base was strong with places like Good Year plant, and the rail yard where my father worked and long standing small businesses, some of which are still here. I managed to end up in the Blue Goose a few times too. Etobicoke is a special place for many residents.”
But all of this will change for the next generation if we don’t move now on issues like food, climate and population. The science is clear. We all have to do our part. Time is of the essence. Vote Green.