My life began far away from the communities that I am now privileged to represent in South Australia’s parliament and the life that I had growing up couldn’t have been more different than that which awaited me when I arrived in Australia in 2002.
I was born on a sub-zero December day in the town of Stranraer, in the ancient region of Galloway, an off-the-beaten-track agricultural district on in Scotland’s south western corner.
The eldest of three brothers, we grew up in the small village of Kirkcolm, where I attended the 40-student primary school (there were four kids in my year!). I have no doubt that my commitment to community development and my desire to be involved in public service was sparked during my upbringing in this intensely tight knit community where everyone pitched in to keep the community ticking along.
Weekends and school holidays were spent running amok at my grandparent’s dairy farm, which later became a deer farm.