Born and raised in north eastern Alberta, my childhood was spent hunting, fishing, canoeing, hiking, skiing, camping, and trapping. Easily captivated by everything I encountered in nature, I learned the fine art of observation. Suffice to say, going to school was much less involving. It is hard to explain exactly why, but I attended the University of Alberta and entered the noble profession of teaching. Most of my thirty-three year career was invested teaching senior biology.
In addition to classroom instruction, I served as a guidance counselor, system science coordinator, principal, and ATA negotiator. In 2005, I coauthored a 712 page history book, Exshaw: Heart of the Valley, that chronicles industrial and community development in the Exshaw area.
The Cooper family moved to Exshaw in 1977. Immediately, we set to building our home on the banks of the Bow River, where we presently reside. I taught in Canmore schools for twenty-seven years, retiring a few years ago. In 2004, I successfully ran for election as a Councillor for the Municipal District of Bighorn. Presently, I serve as the Reeve of Bighorn. Essentially, I traded one policy driven institution designed to serve the public interest in for another policy driven institution designed to serve the public interest. The more things change, the more they stay the same.