Rob is a member of the Muskeg Lake First Nation and grew up in the community of Quesnel, British Columbia. He served as Vice President of the student association at the College of New Caledonia in Prince George, B.C. while he completed 2 years of post secondary education.
Rob was first elected to the House of Commons in a by-election on March 17th, 2008.
Rob, a 18 year veteran of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, has extensive policing experience pertaining to First Nation communities. He has had 7 postings in his career, all within the province of Saskatchewan, having served the communities of Indian Head, Sandy Lake First Nation, Red Earth First Nation, Onion Lake First Nation, Rosthern, Ile a la Crosse, Spiritwood and Warman. Robert had attained the rank of Sergeant within the force and was the member in charge at his last two postings. He has been recognized during his policing career, having received the Saskatchewan Council of Senior Federal Officials Volunteer of the Year Award in 2001, the Commanding Officer’s Certificate of Appreciation Award, the Queen’s Golden Jubilee Commendation Medal and RCMP Commissioners Commendation for Bravery in the 2006 shootings in Spiritwood.
Rob has participated on various community boards including Victim Services, Restorative Justice, Interagency, Police Management Boards as well as being a regular Legion member for over 20 years. An active member in the communities that he has resided in, he has volunteered his time to coach minor hockey, soccer, baseball, and as a referee hockey.
Rob and his wife Leanne, a special education teacher, have been married for 14 years and have two young children, Kobey and Kabree.
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