I was born in Winnipeg in June 1958 to Sidney and Gaye (Dubovsky) Segal and I have one sister, Rhonda (Gordon). With the exception of the first five years of my life when we lived in Brandon, Winnipeg has been my home. I grew up in Garden City and attended I.L. Peretz School, H.C. Avery, Forest Park, Jefferson Junior High and Garden City Collegiate. While still in high school I met Glenda Silver and in September 1981 we were married. We have two wonderful sons, Devin (born in 1986) and Ryan (born in 1989).
My career aspiration was to own a business and for the past fourteen years I have operated "Royal Trading", a musical instrument store.
All four of my grandparents emigrated to Canada from Russia in the early 1900's and settled in Winnipeg. Nathan and Molly Dubovsky and Joseph and Dorothy Segal were hard working people to whom close family ties and Jewish values and traditions were of great importance.
During my childhood my most special memories were of the weekends spent with my Baba Molly, a traditional Jewish grandmother, whose primary focus was helping and taking care of others. Her easygoing nature and unconditional acceptance of everyone and everything were the traits I truly admired in her and try to instill in my own children.
In our family we are very fortunate that at age 95 my Baba Dorothy continues to lead a healthy and fulfilled life as one of the longest residents at the Sharon Home. In their younger years, both my Baba and Zaida were very involved in Jewish causes assuming leadership roles in a number of organizations.
From my own parents I know that family comes first and that the time we spend together is precious. My basic philosophy of life is to treat everyone with respect and dignity, to have compassion and understanding and to make sure that everyday we have some fun and a good laugh. It is my hope that the way I live my life and the values I embrace, set a good example for my children to help guide them through their lives.