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Born and raised in Winnipeg, Darren holds a Master’s Degree in City Planning from the Faculty of Architecture at the University of Manitoba and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from the University of Winnipeg. During his career Darren, has worked for the Federal Government (Statistics Canada as a Course Instructor and Research Consultant), and in the private and not–for–profit sectors as well as taught at the University of Manitoba. Darren’s volunteer activities include serving on the Board of Directors of several community based organizations including the West Central Community Program, Operation Go Home, and the Hunger and Poverty Awareness Committee of Winnipeg Harvest. As a career objective, Darren is committed to demystifying the trepidation people have around numbers and measurement outcomes. Good, reliable data can help us understand homelessness, especially if we never lose sight of the fact those numbers reflect real people in our city.