Steve PrattWhere did you grow up? 

Wallaceburg - born and raised!

What was your first job? 

Corn detasseling, of course!

What is your favourite Chatham-Kent pastime? 

Going on walks with friends and family and I must say that I have been pleasantly surprised to find some hidden treasures here in CK on some of the nature trails.

What is your favourite season? 

Autumn - mostly because of the cooler weather, but I also absolutely love to take vacation around this time of year to road trip and catch all of the stunning fall colours.

Name an experience that has positively motivated you.

Connecting with United Way Chatham-Kent. I thought I knew my community well until I teamed up with United Way and really had my eyes opened to all that's happening in our community - both the good and the challenges. It has motivated me to want to contribute more and help people to rally around together and support one another as we work to build a better community for us all to work, live and play in. My trip back to CK wasn't all roses and United Way played a big part in helping myself and my family through a very difficult time - and for that, I will be forever grateful. You can learn a little more about what I mean by clicking here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xC4qaMKpgHw.

What did you do after high school?

Moved to Toronto and became a professional student for a few years where I attended the University of Toronto to study life sciences and then York University to study business administration. I later went on to work with a Fortune 50 company where I quickly climbed the corporate ladder and became one of the youngest operations executives in the history of the company. After 14 years in Toronto, I returned home to Chatham-Kent to be closer to my friends and family.

What are you doing now? 

Working in the non-profit sector at AIDS Support Chatham-Kent where I work alongside some of Chatham-Kent's most marginalized and vulnerable families to help build a better tomorrow. In addition, I am also currently leading this year's United Way fundraising campaign for Chatham-Kent.

Why live in Chatham-Kent? To be close with friends and family.