My three sisters and I were raised in the Canadian Armed Forces by a stay-at-home mother and a Military Policeman. We had the opportunity to live in Europe on a couple of occasions, learning some German and visiting many European countries to enjoy a diversity of cultures. I’m married to Odette Regimbal, who is now retired from chair and director roles at Algonquin College, and we have four daughters and five grandchildren.
I’m a Permanent Deacon ordained for the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Ottawa since June 2004. I’ve been assigned by the Archbishop to minister in several different areas, including as Assistant Chaplain at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre and the Shepherds of Good Hope, and Chaplain to the Ottawa 40 Days for Life Fall Campaign and the Missionaries of Prayer and Presence. I’m also Vice-Chair of the Diaconate Council and a Board Member with the Catholic Centre for Immigrants.
I began a career in construction in 1977 that took me to New Brunswick, Alberta, and eventually Ottawa. While in Alberta, I studied building construction engineering technology at the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology. I’m currently the Chief Estimator at Korban Ltd., one of the larger interior systems contracting firms in Ottawa.
I organized and managed a team to sponsor a refugee family from Syria and Iraq. That family has now successfully integrated into Canada in the Windsor area. I also headed a team of deacons to sponsor a couple from Syria, and was asked by the Archbishop to represent him on the Mayor of Ottawa’s working group for Syrian refugees.