A unique series highlighting our teams across the country and providing a valuable insight into the security industry today.
When did you join the Paladin family?
2007 was a pivotal year as I was self-employed with my own lighting design company, when my wife was diagnosed with breast cancer, and I needed a regular pay cheque to support our family. I started as Mobile Bike Patroller in downtown Vancouver, which was very interesting as I had regular duties and extra shifts each week, such as static patrol in one of Vancouver's most luxury leather stores to underground parkades! In the spring, I was promoted to Mobile Patroller and, and after a year's gap with another security company that left me no choice but to leave, I rejoined Paladin as Second-In-Command as one of our most high-profile sites, and finally to Concierge Security Officer at BC Hydro HQ. As PSSP/WPP Trainer, I have since been approved by BC Hydro to teach their Electrical Safety course to my peers across the province.
Why did you get into the security industry & why Paladin?
I chose Paladin Security in Vancouver after I had an comfortable interview at Concord and, with the way the company was expanding, with great employees and benefits, the prospects looked outstanding.
What interests you most about your job?
I love the interaction with the public and staff every day at BC Hydro. It's a busy site, with visitors from all over the world passing our desk, and we're also tasked with providing first aid for any staff with a medical issue. Working downtown brings its challenges, which adds spice to the site, and its location is just lovely on a sunny day. On Wednesday every week, I'm passionate about teaching (ask any of my many students, well over 1,000 now!) and as a Senior Officer I enjoy passing my knowledge and electrical experience on to the next generation of team members.
What advice would you give anyone entering the security industry today?
Start with learning everything the company has to offer, get extra training, take as many courses as possible, talk to your mentors and show your best assets to your supervisor, by doing your work differently if needed and more efficiently. The client will notice, and so will Paladin.
What do you maintain a healthy work-life balance?
Book holidays long-term, work out, cook and eat the best food you can afford, smile and love a furry animal who will greet you with unconditional love at the end of a long, hard shift.