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Charlie was born and raised in Edmonton Alberta. He graduated with honours the University of Alberta then attended Law School before joining the Alberta Department of Social Services and Community Health in Human Resources followed by a stint as Labour Relations advisor to the Alberta Attorney General.

 
In 1980, he started a 22 year career as a mediator for the government settling labour disputes for the province. After leaving government, he operated his own conflict resolution company worldwide and in 2001,ran for City Council in Edmonton. Finally in 2002, he moved to Vancouver Island to take up duties as the Manager of Labour Relations for the City of Nanaimo.

 

Charlie now lives in the Harbour City of Nanaimo near Brannen Lake. A self-described "pub poet" he divides his writing time between The Black Bear Pub (conveniently situated within walking distance of his house), ocean parks and Pacific Northwest beaches. He describes poetry as therapy and an opportunity to reconnect himself to the world outside of work.

 

       Lines from "Poet at Seventy” 

“You sit in taverns drinking wine,

Pleased by the hubbub and din,

Voices grow loud then decline

As if played out by a machine

And you accept your quarantine.”

                             by Polish poet Czeslaw Milosz

Charlie enjoys collecting old blues and jazz records and books, photography, cooking and riding his V Twin Roadstar along the old Oceanside Highway.

His work has been published on line by Leaf Press and the City of Nanaimo's "Let's Connect" newsletter. He is currently finishing (and after 3 years he should be getting close) a book of Poetry entitled "Poems From the Point".

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