Born in England near London, parents were originally from the coal mines in the North. Life was tough both during the War and afterwards. Food was rationed until 1956. Lots of love and happiness which did not require a lot of money.
Looking back I believe the key word was stability.
Served an apprenticeship [6 years], worked as an electrician doing repairs on American Air Bases, then started my own business. I was an admirer of Frank Cousins who led the Trade Union Congress.
Came to Canada in 1964 via Trans Canada Airlines, landed in Winnipeg / left Winnipeg [another story]. Landed in Vancouver, lucky man was offered a job after a written test. Told to go to the union hall and get my union card. Was informed by a big guy that he didn’t want a double DP taking a job away from a Canadian … then gave my job ticket to another guy. So I decked him, from the floor he told me that I would never work for his union: a statement I agreed with.
Then I was off to Port Alice on Northern Vancouver Island. Was promoted into Management and stayed there for 5 years.
Got hired as a Supervisor at a Noranda company in Montreal. I had learned French at school in England so a lot of my co-workers were surprised that a ” ***** Anglais” could speak French. However after being told that because of my accent, I spoke like a “tapette” = gay … I spoke only English. Stayed there for 5 years and learned a lot.
Me next opportunity was with Ford Motors in Windsor. It was a bad time to be there during the “Oil Crisis” at that time when the Arabs cut the oil off. Though again, I learned a lot.
Then I was hired by an old well established company … Dominion Bridge in Toronto. And after 5 years came back to Vancouver where I was employed by a shipyard followed by employment with a chemical company.
After a lay-off I started my own management consulting company which initially had a safety focus. Then became part of a hybrid management system which incorporated segments of safety with systems adopted from ISO 9000. Proved successful both here in British Columbia and abroad.
After a cancer health scare, I “retired” early. After almost 2 years of that experience, I unretired, did some volunteer work, got hired in a part time retail sales position, and as always learned a lot. I am a great believer in Common Sense & Accountability. I am proud of my birth country and very proud to say that I am a Canadian.