B grew up on a small farm in east-central Alberta and spent the last eight years working in emergency medical services as a primary care paramedic (formerly referred to as an emergency medical technician or EMT). B is currently training to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN) and is also employed as a health care aide at the Hardisty Health Centre. B is the founder of ‘Operation: Buddy Bag’ – a fundraising group that biannually collects personal hygiene items, non-perishable food, and clothing to deliver to women’s shelters, homeless centres, and youth shelters across Alberta. In addition, B is preparing to launch a website to: promote advocacy and education for rural communities regarding LGBTQ issues and awareness, ensure access to important and necessary resources, and destroy stereotypes in order to break down barriers to inclusion. As an openly gay and transgender man, B proudly mentors queer youth from surrounding communities.
B joined the Patient and Family Advisory Committee in 2018 and is eager to serve in another capacity as an advocate for queer representation and improved mental health resources in rural Alberta, bringing with him experience from both sides of the healthcare system to do so. B is happily married to his partner Alix, a pre-school teacher. B and Alix are foster parents for a local animal rescue and have had all kinds of creatures (furry and otherwise) stay with them at one point or another. B is a writer, avid reader, sports enthusiast, volunteer hockey coach, and loves everything to do with being outside; particularly camping, kayaking, hiking and travelling.