Mushroom picking in late 2000 led to Jeff meeting his future wife, Cynthia. Together they went to Fort Nelson to look for job opportunities and then returned to Fort St. John where Jeff took H2S/WHMS training in preparation for working the oil rigs for Precision Drilling. When the rigs shut down, they returned to Terrace and Jeff went back to his seasonal winter/spring work in silviculture and summer work as a fly-in fishing guide at Wilp Syoon, a wilderness fishing lodge. While working at the fishing lodge, Jeff was involved in a car accident which claimed the life of his mother-in-law, injured his wife, and left Jeff with a traumatic brain injury and serious physical injuries which ended his working career.
Jeff has no memory of the four months in the hospital, much of it on life-support. When Jeff left the hospital he was relocated to Falkland where he was cared for by his mother and step-father. During that time, Cynthia was diagnosed with cancer and received treatment in Kelowna until she passed away. While in Falkland, Jeff heard about NOSBIS and the support services that were available for people with Acquired Brain Injury. Jeff became a client in 2002 and since that time he has been an active NOSBIS member.
Jeff is well-known for his volunteerism throughout the community of Salmon Arm. In addition to his many volunteer activities with NOSBIS, including fundraising and serving on the Board of Directors, Jeff has been a regular volunteer dog-walker at the SPCA, a regular volunteer with the Arena Society at Silverbacks hockey games, concerts and other events held at the arena and a regular visitor to the hospital and care homes to offer company, support and encouragement. Jeff’s volunteering includes the Children’s Festival, the Cancer Society Relay for Life, the Roots and Blues Festival and he is always ready to volunteer wherever he can lend a helping hand.
Jeff was nominated for a Community Leader Award in 2016 with Honorable Mention in the Courage category. He lives with his wife Amanda and their little dog Princess.