Ian was born in Ontario to two immigrant parents. He has lived in several places in Ontario as well as the Netherlands for some time while growing up. Ian's family moved to Winnipeg’s north-end when he was a young teenager. Ian graduated from Tec Voc high school followed by the University of Winnipeg where he studied Education and Psychology. Ian's career led him into specializing in behaviour and addictions, which he remained passionate about as he was able to help many youth and adults. Ian also ran his own counseling agency for several years. Ian has worked and advocated for youth and marginalized citizens for most of his career.
He has previous formal political experience as a candidate for the 2018 mayoral elections as well as the 2019 federal elections. Ian believes in true accountability from our elected officials and that we must lead Canada into a new and better era, where we deal with our past and present issues in a way that is honest, practical, financially feasible and benefits every Canadian. Ian's eyes are on improving the futures of our children and grandchildren.
Reason for running
I chose to run after a career of over twenty six years in our system. Having worked in our care system including residential care for youth and adults in behaviour and addictions, education, social services, and counseling, I have had the opportunity to assist and advocate for people of all ages and backgrounds. One thing has persistently arisen clearly, which is that our system is broken; very broken. We have a government that jumps to assist other countries and people, while neglecting Canadians.
Our veterans are neglected, our indiginous are neglected, our unemployed are neglected, our infrastructure is neglected, our social services are horribly understaffed and continue to fail our children, our prisons are overfilled and outdated warehouses that benefit nobody, not to mention that homelessness and mental health treatment in this country is an embarrassment. These are less issues and more atrocities, as no party has dealt adequately with any of these issues. Despite the fact that we are one of the richest, and developed countries in the world, we have fallen behind in almost every way. I have banged my head on these walls for long enough.
I chose to run because I have seen enough, heard enough, said enough. I think back on all the people I have fought for over these years and I want a better future for them, all of us, my family and yours. I am tired of the lies, the inaction, the excuses, the passing the buck.
The buck stops here.