Wayne was born and raised in rural Manitoba, the fourth son of a Mennonite minister. After two decades in Winnipeg working in computer tech, he moved to beautiful B.C. in 2000.
B.C. has exceeded his expectations! The geographic range from mountains to coastal rainforest to the ocean continues to amaze him. Combined with the progressive mindset of the west coast people, he feels that he has come home. After a decade in Burnaby, Froese relocated to Chilliwack and has never looked back. The plethora of lakes and rivers, trails and scenic vistas is exceeded only by the abundance of friendships he has made here – especially since landing in the neighbourly community of Yarrow.
Froese has four adult children – living in Chilliwack, Vancouver, and Winnipeg. These relationships comprise one of the defining aspects of his life. With a diploma in Computer Programming in 2002, Wayne went on to develop a career in web design and online communications and is currently self-employed. Clientele has covered a wide range, most recently focusing on “good cause” projects.
Since arriving in Chilliwack in 2010 Froese has become engaged in a wide variety of community issues, in an voluntary advocacy capacity. On the heels of the 2015 Federal Election, his time has been dedicated to supporting the Syrian Refugee Settlement campaign in Chilliwack.
This and related work in support of community diversity, led to Wayne’s nomination in 2017 for a “Champion of Diversity” award.