What do you do?
I have served on the Board of Mutual Fire Insurance for five years. I like working with Management and our Directors, and I really enjoy the business. At present, I am a member of the Donation Committee, Nomination Committee, and Conduct Review Committee. I envision Mutual Fire Insurance as a leader in the mutual insurance industry for service, competitive pricing, and quality product.
What’s your career background?
My wife, Jenny, and I are shareholders in a dairy farm which we established many years ago, and partners in a chicken farm in the Matsqui area of Abbotsford, BC. We are also involved in a farm near Saskatoon, SK. I was a member of the BC Milk Marketing Board for 14 years and have served as Chairman of my church council and a private school board for several years. I earned an Agriculture Business Degree from a college in Holland before immigrating to Canada.
What community initiative are you most passionate about and why?
I am very passionate about helping people who struggle with addiction to drugs or alcohol and young people that live in dysfunctional families. My wife Jenny and I donate our time and support charities like Union Gospel Mission, Life Recovery Abbotsford, and Cyrus Center Abbotsford.
What do you like to do when you’re not at work?
My hobbies include reading, attending plays and concerts, and travelling. I am a history buff so I like to travel to different countries, especially in Europe. I also very much enjoy biking.