Tony recognized his interest in volunteering and giving back while still in university. For four years, he served as the Sports Editor of the Engineering newspaper. He was elected President of the UNB Chemical Engineering Society for one year. While in that role, he represented Chemical Engineering undergrads at local and national organizations.
After graduation, Tony continued volunteering by focusing on several charities. For two years, he served as Team Captain for the United Way at the New Brunswick Department of Environment and Local Government. As Team Captain, he was responsible for all fundraising within the Department. In addition to the United Way, he was a canvasser for the Kidney Foundation of Canada, and a volunteer at fundraising events for the Fredericton Anti-Poverty Organization.
Intrigued by the film industry, he found time to volunteer in both the local and provincial film scene. Tony was involved with the Silver Wave Film Festival and took on the role of sponsor acquisition. He also taught courses designed for up-and-coming filmmakers. For more than four years, he organized a one-day film/tv summit for filmmakers in the province.
Committed to community, Tony sought to support his city through civic engagement. He served as City Councillor for eight years and Deputy Mayor for one year.
Even while pursuing professional development, Tony found opportunities to show his support and volunteer. While attending several Atlantic Canada Water and Wastewater Association conferences, Tony volunteered to act as Moderator for the Top-Ops Competition. This competition is similar to the game show Jeopardy but designed for drinking water and wastewater operators.
He also processes documents as a Commissioner of Oaths from time-to-time, serves a drink or two at Rustico/King West Brewing as a bartender, and serves as Chair of the New Brunswick Combat Sports Commission.
When he’s not working, which isn’t very often, he enjoys building pallet furniture, trying craft beer, woodworking, running, softball and bowling.
Community Leadership Award: Given to a professional engineer/geoscientist who, in the opinion of the Association, has made a significant contribution to improving the quality of life in his/her community. The Award recognizes outstanding service and dedication to the province of New Brunswick through voluntary participation in community organizations, government- sponsored activities, or humanitarian work. Consideration is given to continued leadership in the profession and in the community, to outstanding achievements, and to recognition obtained.