New member Paul Philps told us he was born in Richmond, BC, but grew up in Leduc & Edmonton, AB, following his father’s career as a pastor. He obtained a degree in Education, with specialties in Social Studies & Physical Education, but unfortunately his graduation coincided with a period where Alberta laid off 1,700 teachers. Paul found work making mattresses for Sealy, & was quickly promoted to lead a crew of 50 people. At age 21, he lost his mother to cancer, & moved to Vancouver, where he got into print sales & sang in a band for several years. He then began accountancy courses, & at age 30 set out to South Korea for a teaching job. Due to visa problems, this job didn’t work out, but he continued his travels to Japan, Australia, New Zealand & China. Upon returning home to the Vancouver area, he met & soon married Heather. After a couple of years in Surrey, & earning his CPA, Paul & Heather moved to her hometown – Vernon, where he found work with RBC Dominion Securities. Their second child was born just a few weeks ago. In addition to Rotary, Paul is involved with JCI & enjoys public speaking competitions.