Tom is a retired software worker who received his Masters of Computer Science from UNB Fredericton, working in the information technology field for over 35 years. That career included developing a wide variety of solutions including those for credit unions, cattle farming, eyeglass manufacturing, and clinics providing health services such as physiotherapy and pedorthics. Most of that experience involved leading a team and ensuring that requirements were met within financial constraints.
Like so many others just out of school, a job offer took him to Ontario, but twenty-two years ago he and his wife Lee decided to move back to New Brunswick to raise their family, a decision they never regretted.
Feeling that it is important to contribute to the community, Tom has volunteered his time to non-profit organizations, including being a driver and board member and president of Fredericton Meals on Wheels, and treasurer on the board of Fredericton Family Enrichment and Counselling Services.
More recently, he realized that he needed to become involved in the political process to protect the future for the next generation. As an enthusiastic electric vehicle owner, he researched and presented a brief to the New Brunswick Select Committee on Climate Change which helped influence the development of vehicle charging infrastructure in the province. Since the effects of climate change, such as overwhelming floods, will disproportionately affect low and middle-income families, he advocates for strong climate change action.