Originally from Nanaimo, British Columbia, Jay has lived all over BC, Alberta, Islamabad, Pakistan and finally Greensboro, North Carolina before returning home to Edmonton in 2001.
Loving husband and proud father of 3 children.
Working his dream career has had its ups and downs like any. Jay dealt with an operational stress injury including depression and anxiety due to post traumatic stress. As someone who took the silent, nearly deadly route of not reaching out for help for much too long, he learned that many people struggle daily with mental health and that we are not alone. Gaining strength and resilience through years of treatment and the help of others, he is now an advocate for speaking out and asking for help. As humans and first responders we must realize it’s okay to be helped and that we are not a burden on our Brothers and Sisters when in need.
After being tricked by fellow EFD Member Shane to compete in the EFRRA 2018, he got on a bull for the first time. At practice, as the chute was about to open, the bull had other ideas and went to the ground, snapping Jay’s bicep tendon. Jay won’t be falling for that old trick again. After feeling bad for Jay the board thought he might as well get some use out his Wranglers, boots and hat so offered him a position on the board. Jay's honoured to be part of the team and is looking forward to getting more participation from Members of local Fire Services.