- A strong supporter of Fort McMurray and the oil sands
- Trustee for Fort McMurray Public School Board
- A tireless advocate of Public Education
- Ten years as a Union Steward Unifor 707-A building a united, organized, and involved membership
- Generous supporter of the Fort McMurray United Way and Fort McMurray School Athletic Association
Stephen has been proud to call Fort McMurray home since 2004 with his wife Tanya and daughter Mercedes Rose. He works at Suncor Energy as an Extraction Plant Operator and has been an active member of his union Unifor 707-A for the last 10 years. He has worked as a union steward and served as vice president of the union for four years. As vice president of Unifor 707-A, Stephen represented 3,500 members. He also served on the bargaining committee for three successful rounds of collective bargaining.
Stephen was elected as a Public School Board Trustee in a June 2012 by-election. He ran again in October of 2013 and was re-elected. As part of the Fort McMurray Public School Board, Stephen feels encouraged and motivated by students as he visits schools and when students give presentations to the board through spot light on education.
Stephen is an enthusiastic advocate for Fort McMurray and for the oil sands. He has taken several MPs , MLAs, union leaders and prospective citizens on tours to oil sands, Mac Island Recreational Center, and charitable organizations like the Center of Hope and the local soup kitchen. Stephen is proud to say that they all leave with a greater respect for the community of Fort McMurray and the good work its citizens do in the oil sands.
Stephen and his family are dedicated volunteers, donating their time for Festival of Trees, Multicultural Day, the Trade Show, and the soup kitchen. He worked with city council, high school, and community organizations to facilitate sports related activities, community fun nights, weekend conferences, camping trips, road trips, and hikes.
Stephen has two decades of community service to offer this position, and wants to speak for regular people who don't always feel they have a voice. The Conservative Party has squandered billions of our tax dollars on large corporate tax breaks and leaving the average Albertan family in the rear view mirror, with our public health care, education, and seniors programs in a shambles. He is also passionate about keeping more resource processing jobs right here in Alberta – believing “we need to refine it where we mine it.”