About The Family

David

David's love of programming started at a very early age. His dad owning the first computer store in Canada, allowed him access to computers when they were a ridiculous size.

Through his high school years he was hired on by the Toronto District School Board to do some of their programming. He was excited by this position as he was doing something he loved to do and earning a wage. He even made top dollar for that position. While raising his 4 children with his wife and working, he still found time to indulge in his passion for computers and long before the Internet existed, he was running a successful BBS (bulletin board system).

In 1999, the City of Toronto hired David to help in the upgrades needed for the City to function come the year 2000. Although this was a short contract with the city, he later went on and worked with the Seventh Day Adventist church constructing a health benefit program for their employees. At the same time as working with the church, he developed a new passion and this is where he started to dabble in website design. With a handful of clients who needed websites, he ventured off into the newest trend.

Up until 2003, David was kept busy with helping his clients reach their full potential. In 2003, he finally got around to attending University for his degree in Computer Science. He graduated Cum Laude, but not before he helped in the upgrading and development of one of the program courses for his program. During his University years, he was also working with the University's President's Office, Vice-President's Office, University Secretary, and Privacy & Freedom Office constructing their new websites. He was often sought out by his professors to tutor, teach, mark and invigilate exams. His final year of University and in collaboration with Charlena, and his test clinic, he developed an online Patient Management System that was both interactive with the patient and the provider. The program metamorphed and reshaped as the test clinic critiqued the program to its completion.

Although David has always considered himself a father first, he recognized that his passion has been what has supported his family through the years and is very thankful that he was introduced into the computer era in its early stages by his dad. He feels honoured to have been able to raise his family while having "fun", something which most people seek, but never find.

  • Published Photographer
  • Web Developer

 

Credentials

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science Cum Laude, Laurentian University

Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science Cum Laude

Credentials of Ministry, Universal Life Church

Credentials of Ministry

Doctor of Philosophy in Religion, Universal Life Church

Doctor of Philosophy in Religion

Doctor of Divinity (Honorary), Universal Life Church

Doctor of Divinity (Honorary)

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, International Open Academy

TESOL

Offshore Yachtmaster (Sail), Royal Yachting Association

Commercial Offshore Yachtmaster (Sail)

Professional Practices and Responsibilities, Royal Yachting Association

Professional Practices and Responsibilities

GMDSS Short Range Radio Certified, Royal Yachting Association

RYA Short Range Communication

First Aid Certified, Royal Yachting Association

RYA First Aid

 


References

Letter of Reference, Doctor Shapiro, DC

Reference - Dr. Shapiro

Letter of Reference, Doctor Djetvai, DC

Reference - Dr. Djetvai

Letter of Reference, Doctor K, DC

Reference - Dr. K

Letter of Reference, Lydia Burton

Reference - Lydia Burton

Reference - Lydia Burton

Letter of Reference, Leslie and Mitch Latham

Reference - Leslie and Mitch Latham

 


In The News

Visiting couple donates shoe-that-grows to primary school students, The Freeport News

David

About Me

Family and Personal Life

I consider myself first and foremost, a father. My four children have each become independent and productive members of society, all self-employed in health services. I have also raised and supported numerous nephews, nieces, and other children. I have two adorable granddaughters, the eldest of which is seven and has her own cooking show for kids.

Professional Background

Computer Programmer

My first paid employment was during high school, hired by the Toronto District School Board to create a student management system. I have since created numerous business systems, including:

  • Asset tracking & Y2K compliance system for the City of Toronto
  • Health benefit management system for the Seventh Day Adventist Church
  • Television scheduling and Canadian content tracking for Odyssey Television Network
  • Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) software for Datamex
  • Online patient management system for small health clinics & alternative practitioners

Long before the Internet existed, I created and managed Canada's largest Amiga-based BBS (bulletin board system).

I am experienced with computer server administration, running Linux servers in Canada, the USA, England, and The Netherlands.

Web Developer

I have created and managed over 100 websites, including:

  • Laurentian University: President's Office, Vice-President's Office, University Secretary, Privacy & Freedom Office
  • A custom-built CMS for The Municipality of Markstay-Warren
  • An online book tracking & reservation system for the Markstay-Warren Public Library
  • An award-winning online psychotherapy treatment system

Author and Game Developer

Computer-based:

  • Explorer 2260, an Amiga-based space adventure
  • Numerous mods, enhancements, and add-ons for games such as Farming Simulator 15, 17, 19, & 22, Arma 3, The Sims 4, and more

Tabletop role-playing games:

  • Dungeons & Dragons
  • Traveller
  • The Morrow Project

Entrepreneur

Successfully founded and ran numerous businesses, including:

  • An aqua-terrarium setup and management company for offices
  • A courier delivery company
  • A taxi service
  • Global Internet Development Inc. web development
  • Sun Tech computer technologies development
  • The Alliance for Complimentary Therapists association
  • Sunsational Charters offering yacht charters in The Bahamas and British Virgin Islands
  • Bed & breakfasts in The Bahamas, Scotland, and Spain
  • ESL Homestay in Spain
  • Manage Your Clinic offering clinic management services
  • Small Things Matter online children's clothing & accessories shop
  • Solymar Energy Scotland offering green wind-generated electricity
  • Forest Glen Academy private school offering K-12
  • Owned and managed farms in five countries
    • Canada #1: 32-hectare Certified Naturally Grown livestock farm raising cattle, sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, ducks, geese, horses, and rabbits
    • Canada #2: 80-hectare wide variety of specialty hay mixes for farm and zoo animals
    • Scotland: 77-hectare bio-diesel production from sunflower, as well as livestock (highland cattle, sheep, pigs)
    • Spain: Orange & olive production
    • Dominican Republic: Sugar cane & cacao
    • France: 28-hectare wide variety of specialty hay mixes for farm and zoo animals

Teaching Experience

  • Founded and ran Forest Glen Academy
  • Created the Database Programming course for Laurentian University
  • Taught English as a Second Language
  • Taught levels 3 through 7 business administration for a UK university (Bachelor's to Master's level)
  • Created numerous online courses with thousands of students

Sailing

  • Lived full-time aboard our sail catamaran
  • Royal Yachting Association Yachtmaster (Sail) Ocean certification
  • GMDSS Short Range Radio and Long Range Radio Certified
  • Professional Practices and Responsibilities certified
  • Successfully completed 10 Atlantic crossings (as of June 2024)
  • Experience with chart-based, electronic, and celestial navigation
  • Electrical systems design and maintenance, including 12-volt DC, 120, and 240-volt AC
  • Experienced with diesel engines, including complete tear-downs and rebuilds

Photography

Published photographer with work featured in magazines and gallery exhibitions, and for sale on several stock-image websites.

Education and Certifications

  • Bachelor of Arts in Computer Science, Cum Laude
  • Doctor of Philosophy in Religion
  • Doctor of Divinity (Honorary)
  • TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Numerous other certificates and certifications

Board Memberships

  • Gizaadagamik Native Daycare Board of Directors (one of the few non-natives to hold this role)
  • United Way Of Greater Toronto's Chester Daycare Board of Directors
  • Markstay-Warren Public Library Board
  • The National Party of Canada's Greater Toronto Regional Council & President of Broadview-Greenwood Riding Association

Music

Play drums, piano, trumpet, and limited guitar & bass. I also write and compose my own music; in June 2024, I released my first solo album, 'Seas of Sorrow'.

 


In The News

Visiting couple donates shoe-that-grows to primary school students, The Freeport News

Visiting couple donates shoe-that-grows to primary school students

The original article can be viewed here: http://thefreeportnews.com/news/local/visiting-couple-donates-shoe-that-grows-to-primary-school-students/

Note: as of 2024, The Freeport News has been sold to another paper, and their new website no longer displays older articles.

Charlena

Charlena has been married for over 30 years and has 4 successful adult children and one grand daughter.

Charlena was at the young age of 16 when she found her passion for clinic environments. She first started in Veterinary clinics before having children. After her third child, Charlena was in a car accident and suffered a whiplash injury. At that time, she was seeking help from a chiropractor. Through this injury, she was introduced to all the benefits chiropractic care can provide. It wasn't long before she had signed her whole family up for chiropractic care. She did heal from the whiplash, but she and her family continued to receive chiropractic adjustments. She used the service as a preventative way of keeping herself and her family well.

In 1997, she and her 3 children appeared on the CTV 6pm news, in the segment about Chiropractic Care and Asthma. Her youngest son had severe asthma and in conjunction with his medical treatment plan, used chiropractic care to help lessen the attacks. When Charlena's youngest child turned 4, she contemplated returning to work. At that time, her mother worked as a Chiropractic Health Assistant for several years and heard about a CHA position that was available. Since she was already familiar with clinic environments and coupled by her belief in the benefits of chiropractic care, she thought it was a good fit for her and applied for the position. That was 18 years ago. She first started out as a CHA, but quickly advanced to Manager.

She finds great joy in educating new and existing patients to the benefits of chiropractic adjustments. She has made this her life long passion. She feels privileged to have met lots of chiropractic patients over the years whom have trusted her at their lowest moments, and believed in her enough to seek the necessary help so they could not only feel better, but stay healthy naturally. Over the years, the love of what she did grew stronger and she continued to strive to educate people. It was easy to do since everyday she saw the benefits to the patients. In the last 18 years, she met lots of chiropractors and other natural practitioners whom she considers life long friends.

If you ask Charlena what her greatest accomplishment is, besides her family, she would say serving the chiropractic community, a passion like no other. She credits her success to her family, whom have been supportive of her passion to help others, and the chiropractor who took a chance on her by hiring her back in 2000. Charlena's goal now is to pass along 18 years of knowledge to Chiropractic Clinics as well as Natural Health Centers by providing exceptional CHA /Assistant services through an modern approach called Virtual Assistants.

 

Credentials

Diploma - Acceptance & Commitment Therapy, Elmira Strange

Acceptance & Commitment Therapy Diploma

Diploma - Advanced Master Herbalist, International Alliance of Holistic Therapists

Advanced Master Herbalist Diploma

Diploma - Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy, Elmira Strange

Advanced Psychodynamic Psychotherapy Diploma

Diploma - Aromatherapy, The School of Natural Health Sciences

Aromatherapy Diploma

Diploma - Child & Adolescent Nutrition, The School of Natural Health Sciences

Child & Adolescent Nutrition Diploma

Diploma - Counselling Children and Adolescents, Elmira Strange

Counselling Children & Adolescents Diploma

Diploma - Cognitive Behavioural Life Coach, Transformation Academy

Cognitive Behavioural Life Coach Diploma

Diploma - Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, The School of Natural Health Sciences

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy Diploma

Diploma - Diploma Depression Counselling Advanced, Elmira Strange

Depression Counselling Advanced Diploma

Diploma - Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Elmira Strange

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Diploma

Diploma - Dialectical Behavioural Therapy, Udemy

Dialectical Behavioural Therapy Diploma

Diploma - Diploma Gestalt Psychotherapy, Elmira Strange

Gestalt Psychotherapy Diploma

Diploma - Holistic Nutrition, The School of Natural Health Sciences

Holistic Nutrition Diploma

Diploma - Holistic Pain Management, KEW Academy

Holistic Pain Management Diploma

Diploma - Life Coaching, Udemy

Life Coaching Diploma

Diploma - Master Herbalist, The Centre of Excellence

Master Herbalist Diploma

Diploma - Metacognitive Therapy, Udemy

Metacognitive Therapy Diploma

Diploma - Mindfullness Life Coach, Transformation Academy

Mindfullness Life Coach Diploma

Diploma - Nutrition for Age 50 Plus, The School of Natural Health Sciences

Nutrition for Age 50 Plus Diploma

Diploma - Online Coaching & Therapy, Elmira Strange

Online Coaching & Therapy Diploma

Diploma - Professional Counselling, KEW Academy

Professional Counselling Diploma

Diploma - Psychotherapist, Elmira Strange

Psychotherapist Diploma

Diploma - Reflexology, The School of Natural Health Sciences

Reflexology Diploma

Diploma - Shiatsu with Distinction, The School of Natural Health Sciences

Shiatsu Diploma with Distinction

Diploma - Sound Therapy, Udemy

Sound Therapy Diploma

Diploma - Therapuetic Life Coach Diploma, Transformation Academy

Therapuetic Life Coach Diploma

Membership Certificate, The International Institute for Complementary Therapies

IICT Membership Certificate

TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, International Open Academy

TESOL

 


References

Letter of Reference, Doctor Shapiro, DC

Reference - Dr. Shapiro

Letter of Reference, Doctor Djetvai, DC

Reference - Dr. Djetvai

Letter of Reference, Kathy Arbour

Reference - Kathy Arbour

Letter of Reference, Lydia Burton

Reference - Lydia Burton

Letter of Reference, Leslie and Mitch Latham

Reference - Leslie and Mitch Latham

 


In The News

Asthma & Chiropractic, CTV News

Visiting couple donates shoe-that-grows to primary school students, The Freeport News

Subcategories

Asperger syndrome (AS), also known as Asperger's, is a developmental disorder in the Autism spectrum that is characterized by significant difficulties in social interaction and nonverbal communication, along with restricted and repetitive patterns of behavior and interests.

People with Asperger syndrome see, hear and feel the world differently to other people. If you have Asperger syndrome, you have it for life – it is not an illness or disease and cannot be ‘cured’. Often people feel that Asperger syndrome is a fundamental aspect of their identity.

Autism is a spectrum condition. All autistic people share certain difficulties, but being autistic will affect them in different ways. Some people with Asperger syndrome also have mental health issues or other conditions, meaning people need different levels and types of support.

People with Asperger syndrome are of average or above average intelligence. They don't have the learning disabilities that many autistic people have, but they may have specific learning difficulties. They have fewer problems with speech but may still have difficulties with understanding and processing language.

We have three diagnosed cases of Asperger's in the family, and a forth case that, while not officially diagnosed, is believed to exist.

Raising children with Apserger's is tough, and growing up with Apserger's is even tougher.