Twenty-three years ago, Rich moved back to the Hamilton area after earning post-secondary degrees across the country. He began running and exploring the trails of the Dundas Valley and fell in love with the town. In 1997, he moved to Dundas and has never looked back.
Rich was born on the east mountain in Hamilton and at a young age moved to Stoney Creek where he was raised by a single mom with three boys. He has educational experiences across the country.
- Saltfleet High School class of 1987
- Bachelor of Honours, Political Science, Carleton University, 1992
- Bachelor of Law, University of Victoria, 1995
- Bachelor of Education, University of Toronto, 2000.
Upon his return to the Hamilton area, Rich began volunteering and coaching with the Hamilton Olympic Club (track and field), a volunteer commitment that is now more than twenty years and has culminated with him serving as current club president. His volunteer work with HOC, as well as a more than twenty year commitment to the CANUSA Games (annual competition between the cities of Hamilton and Flint, Michigan), led him to a different professional calling.
Rich entered the teaching profession in 2000 and has spent 18 years with the Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board. Having taught at both Parkside High School and Highland Secondary School, Rich was the first Head of Modern Languages at the new Dundas Valley Secondary School, a role he still fulfills. He also spent eleven years teaching at Sir John A. Macdonald Secondary School in Hamilton.
In recent years, Rich has become active on a range of civic issues related to complete streets, including speaking out in support of public transit, bus lanes, light rail transit and cycling. A cycling commuter, Rich has also served as a house league coach with the Dundas Minor Hockey Association for the past five years.
Rich currently lives in the shadow of the Dundas water tower with his beautiful and supportive partner, Catherine and their two sons, Liam and Jamie. When he isn’t working or volunteering in the community, he enjoys being physically active including road and trail running with several local groups. He also enjoys the solitude of a long road bike ride.