I am absolutely passionate about bootblacking and helping to build and grow our bootblacking community. I love our mutual focus on how to ensure that the gear that comes our way is cared for and looks better than it came in, and will last. It’s a part of our community that allows and encourages experimentation, and the sharing of communal knowledge. Fostering that growth is one of my major aims with helping to produce the Western Canada Bootblacking Title. As a previous title holder (Mr. Gay Edmonton and Western Canada Bootblack), I know that being one puts you in the spotlight, and allows you to gain a bigger platform to share your knowledge and help grow community. I firmly believe that the title system is one of many avenues to connecting our more separate and remote communities, especially within Canada. I am truly looking forward to putting this contest together and helping support our titleholders through their year, and sharing/reinforcing the connections myself and others have made.