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Interview Bio

In the Advanced Toastmasters manual "Communicating on Television" there is a component where you need to be interviewed. This page outlines some of the topics that I believe I can speak to without any notice:

Primary Items
  • I am an Toastmaster member, currently have my Advanced Communicator Gold and Advanced Leader Bronze Designations. As of December 2012, I've completed the Competent Communicator four times, Competent Leadership twice, Advanced Communicator Bronze twice and all other designations once. I joined Prince George Toastmasters in December 2006. I have served as an area governor and in all club executive positions. I can speak to any topic Toastmasters related (i.e. why, how, where) as well as higher-level in terms of how clubs/areas/divisions/districts are organized, what the different jobs are for and what benefit they have, what do  the different designations mean, etc.
  • I am an IT professional by trade and training. At one point or another I have filled positions from low-level data entry to service rep, network administrator, systems administrator. I have programmed in a wide variety of languages on a wide variety of platforms from when I was about 7 years old up to present time. I have purchased, supplied and maintained hardware from storefront tills, to desktop workstations, to mobile phones, to server rooms with racks of servers. I can generally make informed comments on most popular products and trends in computing.
  • I am a hobbyist photographer who sells my prints online.
  • I am a mathematician by both hobby and training. I have particular interest in abstract algebra and graph theory. I was a child prodigy in mathematics and have participated in many national math competitions and have tutored math at high school and 1st/2nd year university.
  • I have worked as a Project Coordinator for Winton Homes since 2006 and as such can speak to most building science questions, production supply, logistics, shipping, customer service, etc.
Supplementary Items (can be used to fill out an interview or for interests sake, etc.)
  • I am a dog owner and have strong opinions on obedience/training.
  • I am a newlywed as of August 2010.
  • I am a parent as of January 2011.
  • I am a long-time resident of Prince George having lived here for almost literally my entire 30 years.
  • I am the son of a heroin addict father which means I have extensive second-hand experience with the treatment programs and medical establishment in BC in particular.
  • I am somewhat experienced with the mental health system in BC insofar as I spent many years being treated as a Bipolar II with Major Depression and Hypomania as well being treated for Social Phobia. Generally the discussion about how a medicated social phobic became a Toastmaster catches people's ear.