I was employed in the summer of 1985 as a historian for the Chilliwack Museum and Archives. While there, I co-wrote a book about the original city hall, which was saved from demolishment by our readers. The city hall became the new museum centered in the middle of the city of Chilliwack. And in 1987, I became a teacher but was later laid off in the recession.
I went to another university to achieve an MA and then was employed as an instructor at a university college. I was laid off after four years in another recession, and once again, attended the other university to complete my doctorate. I then took on a professor position.
By 1995, I decided to quit and join the Canadian Forces, where I had served before university, as a field engineer and a combat diver. It was relatively recession proof. In almost twenty-six years of service, I was posted or on temporary duty to the Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Chilliwack, CFB Shilo, CFB Gagetown, CFB Camp Wainwright, CFB Wainwright, and finally, CFB Suffield - the largest army base in the Commonwealth.