Headshot of a man with the baCK to CK logo on the bottom right corner.Where did you grow up?

Chatham

What was your first job?

Clerk at the Video Movie Shop

What is your favourite Chatham-Kent pastime?

Going for day hikes at our local conservation areas, national wildlife areas and provincial parks.

What is your favourite season, and why?

Autumn is definitely my favourite season.  I love the temperature, the colours, and the smell.

Name an experience that has positively motivated you.

My parents enrolled me in swimming lessons and martial arts at the YMCA when I was young.  Both were fantastic learning experiences and both led to related jobs later in adulthood.

What did you do after high school?

I completed a 3 year Information Technology program at St. Clair College in Chatham and Windsor.  After that I worked in IT for an engineering firm for several years, then at International Truck and Engine as a supervisor, the YMCA as a supervisor and trainer, and then all across Canada for the government for a short time.

What are you doing now?

I own Chad Barry Photography providing services for weddings, headshots, real estate, event coverage, nature and landscapes.  I also give talks on photography at camera clubs and lead private group classes, lectures and workshops.

What is your #1 reason for choosing Chatham-Kent as "home"?

I do a lot of travelling for my wildlife and landscape photography and while I love every adventure, Chatham just feels like home.  I think everyone wants to "get out" from where they are from, but if you look around you, there are lots of great opportunities waiting for action in your own community.