# About Me

I first lived in a little house near the community hall but over the years I've lived in a variety of island locations. Ranging from Pacheedaht lands (Port Renfrew) to Tsawout/Tseycum lands (Pender Islands) although mostly in the Sooke area. When not being a computer nerd, I can generally be found hiking, biking, gardening or at community events. Although somewhat on pause for the pandemic I help out with a couple local rough voice choirs - and sing although given my skill that would be a negative if they were any other kind of choir.

My day job is web development although I have experience with construction, gardening and care giving. I'm also Shukokai Karate sensei - the pandemic was hard on that, had to shut down for a while although back at it again - which has certainly made me very much aware of how lacking in commercial space Sooke currently is.

I'm an avid cyclist and keen hiker of all our local parks - from Mt Doug to the Matterhorn, and cycle as my primary transportation modality.

Depending on your precise definition of millennial used, I'm either exactly in the middle or to the slightly younger side - born in 1990. My earliest news memories are the War in the Woods (Clayoquot Sound anti-logging protests), and Kim Campbell being Canada's first female prime minister - although I didn't expect her to be our only female prime minister almost 30 years later.

Certainly looking forward to in person events again - whether the many fall fairs in our region, live music or choir. Despite being very online - been using Zoom for more than 5 years - it just isn't the same for many things.

# Work

Although both palaeontology and veterinary sciences were very appealing as a youth, I instead have pursued another interest of mine - specifically, web development. I've specialized in Drupal development.

I'm a Backend Drupal Development Manager at Taoti Creative.

Taoti Creative

Working at Taoti since 2018, I'm also head of the dev-ops practice area and was majorly responsible for the shift to composer usage internally. Taoti is a top 100 Drupal company for contributions for 2021.
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When not "working" with Drupal at Taoti Creative - although lines are sometimes blurred which is what I get for turning a love into a job. Like I contribute quite a bit to Drupal - both core and the contrib ecosystem, often that is directly related to my work but sometimes no connection. Taoti specifically gives me time for DrupalCon so the barriers are quite often vague. Sometimes "yes this is my own time" but also "I'm able to contribute because I learnt about this bug at work and it interested me" and "Taoti's money is what gives me the free time to contribute".

I've helped organize many Drupal events from user groups to cons, most recently on one of the track teams for DrupalCon 2022 Portland. Likewise, I've spoken at many Drupal events, most recently DrupalCon Portland 2022.

Most of my Drupal contributions - both core and contrib - can be found through my drupal.org profile. Much of my other open source code contributions can be found on GitHub.

# Politics

I've been politically active from a young age - leading (with my twin) student vote for on the Pender Islands. We were also environmentally active being involved with conservancy association, speaking at the UNEP International Childrens' Conference of the Environment at UVic in 2002 and serving on the Youth Round Table on the Environment (Environment Canada advisory body).

Regular online, occasional in person attendee of Sooke Council meetings, I know how efficient many of them and also how unheard many feel.