An active member of the Lions Club of Sudbury, he has served as president, and was one of the youngest members to do so. He has co-hosted the CTV Lions Club Christmas telethon numerous times. A licensed funeral director, he works with the city's cemetery services department.
Q: What has been your biggest challenge?
A: I'm constantly trying to find ways to make sure my two boys have a memorable childhood and have everything they need. I want to be involved in their lives as much as possible because they change so quickly at a young age. Rylan and Bryston have brought so much joy and laughter into my life.
Q: What was your toughest decision?
A: One of my toughest decisions was to put my career as a funeral director on hold a few years back after almost 15 years in the profession. I still have my licence but I'm not active in the profession at this time. I made this decision to spend more quality time with my little family.
Q: What are three things you can't live without?
A: If you were to ask some of my closest relatives and friends this question, all of them, with a laugh, would most likely say; "Steph can't live without his Pepsi and his sweets." I would have to agree with them. Something else I can't live without is my barbecue. Even at -30 C, I will get out there on my deck, clear out the snow and throw burgers or steaks on the grill.
Q: How do you unwind after a long day at work?
A: Do parents of very young children ever get to unwind? Sometimes, I do get to unwind a little while I sit down with the boys to watch one of their favourite shows, The Wiggles. Usually around 10 at night, after many house chores have been completed, my wife and I get to start relaxing and watch the news.
Q: What are you currently reading?
A: I am too much of a busy body to sit down for long periods of time to read a book. When I am at work on my coffee break or lunch hour, I do like to read newspapers and keep up with the current events.
Q: Who is your most valued mentor and why?
A: My parents have helped me to grow and develop into the person I am today.