Matt WoodWhere did you grow up? 

Chatham, ON.

What was your first job? 

Corn detasselling.

What is your favourite Chatham-Kent pastime? 

Biking down to sidewalk sales as a kid and touring around downtown with friends.  It was always the start of summer and seemed to become almost a tradition.

What is your favourite season? 

Summer.  I'm a warm weather person, love getting outside and running/biking/etc.

Name an experience that has positively motivated you. 

Becoming involved in the fitness industry over the last few years.  Seeing the number of people out running, and working with some of the local fitness organizations (Blairs' Boot Camp, Performance Fitness, Shakti Yoga, and Perfect Harmony, to name a few) to help people achieve their fitness goals has been amazing.

What did you do after high school? 

Attended Western University in London, ON. I stayed in London for a few years after graduation before moving back to Chatham-Kent.

What are you doing now? 

I work for Union Gas in their Engineering, Construction, and Storage & Transmission Department.  My wife and I also own a retail store in downtown Chatham (Up & Running) that specializes in running shoes, apparel, and accessories.

Why did you come back to Chatham-Kent? 

To work. My entire family is also still in town, which is certainly an added benefit!

Why live in Chatham-Kent?

  • Cost of living

  • Short commute to work

  • Proximity to lakes (boating/beach)

  • Being near family