My Story

My name is Doug.
And I'd like very much to introduce you to Jesus.
He could change your life if you let him.
Why should you believe me?
Well, he's changed my life and it has made all the difference.
I'd rather tell you about him, but in case you're curious about me...
Jesus Follower
Research Scientist
At one point in your life, you need to decide what matters. To see Jesus changing the lives of those around me is only the second best thing ever... after what he's done for me! 
So much thanks to Frank and Alice - my parents. Then to Esther, my beloved wife. Then to Grace, Meg and Nathanael, who never fail to make me smile.
From Signal Processing to Cognitive Science. I have a PhD, if you care.
A little bit about me
I am a very odd person.  But God loves all people -- even odd ones.
Why do I think I'm odd?  Apparently, everyone thinks that they are special.
So do I think that I'm odd because everyone does, or am I really odd?

Well, I'll let you decide just how odd I am: I'm going to tell you some of my life story.

I was second of five brothers. 
My Dad, who was a scientist, graphed our weight after birth.
My older brother's weight went as you might expect a child's weight to go.
My three younger brothers' weight went about the same.
My weight didn't. It shot up at the beginning and then it suddenly flattened out. And there was an asterisk right at the corner where my weight became flat.
And the footnote to the graph said "cut from eight feedings a day."

I think that I was seventeen when I first saw that graph, and it was quite a shock.
But it explains a great deal about me.
First: I'm hard to satisfy. I always want more. As you can imagine, this sometimes drives my poor children crazy.
But the second thing that this graph told me about myself is that my feelings of being ripped off go back a long way, perhaps all the way back to... that asterisk.

When I was about fifteen, my Dad told me that I was convinced that I was an adult at age three.
Needless to say, I occasionally found it difficult to make friends.
But nowadays my friends tell me that I'm still a kid. Perhaps I need to make up for my childhood.
So another thing about me is that I've never "fit in".
I skipped a couple grades in school, so everyone in my class was two years older than I was.
So I hung out with the freaks.

The closest thing that I had to friends were the people who nobody wanted to be friends with.
But that's another thing about me: these people all thought that I was a good friend.
I went to church with my brothers and to youth group. But we lived in the wrong part of town, and I went to the wrong High School. So I can't really say that I was particularly good friends with anyone in my youth group.  I was far too odd for them, I guess.

When I was sixteen, we played a game at youth group: we were asked to describe where we'd be in twenty years.
I said that I would be working on Speech Recognition for Northern Telecom in Montreal. I said that I would be married, and have three children: two girls and a boy in that order. Well, when I was thirty-six, I was, in fact, working for Northern Telecom in Montreal; I was married, and Grace, Meg and Nathanael were my children. Go figure.

After High School, I went to Bible School for two years. But I flunked. When I told my Father that I chose not to complete that diploma, he laughed. "I'm surprised that you made it through two years," he said. The next year, I registered at University, and they asked for my Bible School marks. I told the clerk in the Registrar's office, "I'm not going to give them to you." 

"but you must!" she said.
"but I won't," I said.

(I told you I am odd)
At just that point, the main registrar dude came into the office.  When he saw our faces, he gently asked "is something the matter?" The girl explained the situation to him. He looked at my file. He smiled.

"It shouldn't be a problem."  he said (he saw my High School marks).

And then I went on to attend a total of eight universities across Canada. (Not eight degrees, mind you: registered and received university credits is all). I spent my university years studying really hard and making the best grades I possibly could.