Garrett Hawgood lives in The Springfield-Ritchot riding with his wife Kate (a teacher), and their three young daughters Kennedy, Keiralyn and Avery. They have called Niverville home for nearly nine years, after moving there from Winnipeg.
Garrett has long been passionate about serving his community. He has worked for the Winnipeg Fire Paramedic Service for the past 11 years, serving six years as a paramedic and the past five years as a firefighter. In addition, he served as a member of the Niverville Fire & Emergency Services Department for five years. Before that, Garrett worked at Victoria General Hospital as an OR attendant.
Three years ago, Garrett’s passion for helping people led him to start his own first aid and CPR company with his best friend. Over the past year, he and his business partner expanded their company to include an AED donation program with the primary goal of donating AEDs to First Nation reserves, Indigenous organizations, and organizations that serve vulnerable segments of Manitoba’s population.
Helping people is a big part of who Garrett is, but so is helping the planet. Garrett realizes there is only one Earth – that we all call home. Like so many of us in the Springfield-Ritchot riding, Garrett is a commuter. During the summer, Garrett rides his bike as often as possible. At home, the Hawgoods are avid recyclers and composters. Although life can be busy and making good choices for the environment can sometimes be challenging, Garrett believes instilling these habits into the next generation both at home and at school, giving them the foundation to become leaders and innovators in the green solutions needed for the sustainability of our planet and each other.
The passion that has driven Garrett to serve as a paramedic, firefighter and CPR instructor/entrepreneur along with his understanding that it is time to take environmental action have guided him to become the Green Party candidate for the Springfield-Ritchot riding.