Gary’s childhood gave him a lifelong appreciation for travel and world exploration—and a knack for understanding multiple dialects and accents of the English language. He was born in Otago, New Zealand, and lived in England and United States before settling in Edmonton. His career has taken him across Canada and to international destinations, including Red Cross disaster zones like Yugoslavia where he was responsible for disaster recovery programs.
In 2004, Gary started his company, Otago Consulting, which provides disaster management expertise and later expanded to include environmental management. He is big on public transportation and living somewhere where he and his family can walk to amenities and activities. They own cars, but try to limit their use and make sure they are always well maintained; it’s essential for taking care of air quality as best we can.
For a number of years, he has worked with a variety of different groups in the community, including providing environmental education in schools. And though he is not certain his talents for soccer went past a youth level, he enjoys playing and coaching his children’s soccer teams.
Gary first came to Sandy Lane in the 90s, and has been a regular Sandy Lane customer for the past 15 years.
“I like local businesses that are customer focused, and the fact that I can always trust their assessment and the work they do, it’s one less thing to worry about.”
“Juniper Bistro is a favourite spot for lunch and dinner.”
“I read a lot. One of my favourite reads is Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness. Lately I have been reading historical nonfiction. I really enjoy walking our dogs, sitting in a café or on a patio.. anything outdoors whenever possible!””
“All of our amazing outdoor festivals and parks. Interstellar Rodeo and the Folk Fest are two that I look forward to every year.”
Thank you, Gary, for your years of loyalty to Sandy Lane!