My Story

Personal Side Of Owen

  • Born in Barbados, immigrated to Canada in 1988
  • Lives in Guelph, Ontario, Canada
  • Husband to an amazing and entrepreneurial wife, Annie
  • Father of two energetic children, Kyle and Anastasia
  • Has 13 brothers and sisters who live in the UK, USA, Canada, and Barbados
  • Has at least 21 nieces and nephews, including two great nieces and two great nephews
  • Has at least 22 cousins and 16 aunts and uncles
  • I have an amazing group of friends who have all added so much to my life
  • Played cricket as a child and spent hours dreaming of becoming one of the greats
  • Has always been fascinated by the world around me but has a special passion for the sea perhaps because for the first 14 years of my life I lived only a three-minute walk from the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea
  • I love tall ships and enjoy sailing
  • I am a big jazz fan and especially enjoy the sounds and stylings of Ella Fitzgerald, Nina Simone, Dina Washington, Miles Davis, and Billie Holiday, to name a few
  • I am a fan of sixties rock but refuse to be pinned to only a few musical styles
  • I’ve been told I like singing because I “don’t suck”
  • Servant
  • I love Ethiopian food, Indian food, Vietnamese, and Korean BBQ, amount others, and prefer the occasional glass of Riesling or Moscato
  • Not a fan of tomatoes but like ketchup
  • Travelled to Egypt in 2012, fulfilling a life-long dream to see the pyramids and learn more about ancient Egyptian culture
  • Plays softball, golf, and competitive dodgeball – yes, I said dodgeball
  • Plays squash and I’m trying to master tennis
  • I have done the CN Tower stair climb three times and next on my list is running a 5K race and white-water rafting

Professional Side Of Owen

  • I am a Certified Wedding Officiant and a member of OAPWO (Ontario Association of Professional Wedding Officiants)
  • I am a Director at a community health centre
  • I was Co-chair of a community-based inter-organisation network for five years
  • l was President of the Board of Directors at a training agency in Toronto for three years and a Board member for six
  • I served as a Board Member at another social service agency in Toronto for two years
  • Once worked in sales and marketing for a technology firm
  • Have officiated over 40 wedding ceremonies since 2014
  • Undergraduate studies in Theology and Psychology
  • Recently started working on an MBA in Leadership and Management

Passionate Side Of Owen

  • I am passionate about community development and building capacity in some of society’s most vulnerable individuals
  • I am passionate about working with young people and seeing them become persons of character who challenge, are competent, confident, and contribute to the well-being of society and people around them
  • I desire to be authentic and the best version of myself
  • I love to laugh