Kevin Garbuio

Kevin Garbuio

33 Years Old

Class of 2020

“My partner is super encouraging of all my passions. I know that when I volunteer and spend a lot of time on the road or at the field, she is cheering me on.”

As Father Mercredi High School’s Vocational Education Teacher for the Fort McMurray Catholic Division, Kevin Garbuio is helping provide students with special needs with skills to achieve some form of independence in adulthood.

The Acadia University graduate from Nova Scotia has called Fort McMurray home since the fall of 2013 and lives his life to the fullest with his partner Megan (who is a registered nurse) and their two fur babies.

In addition to teaching and home life, he loves coaching sports.

“I coach at the school and FMCSD for the Saints, Track, Unified and club level, and the Monarchs for the past seven years,” he said. “One of the many memorable experiences coaching has provided was travelling around the Annapolis Valley with the Acadia Axemen Football team, providing additional coaching for the different schools in the region.

He was also involved with the Special Olympics and has hopes to get more involved with sports programs available in the Wood Buffalo region.

“This was something I wanted to do because I saw a need with the kids in my class. KidSport was also something I wanted to be involved in because I see what they provide families in town, and that’s something I would like to help with,” he said.

Through the 2020 challenges, Kevin said the positives were that everything happening around the world has allowed him to leverage himself to be more self-aware and do things he enjoys on his own. He also gives gratitude toward his partner as when things are, as usual, she supports his passions.

“Not being able to coach forced me to find some hobbies. I’ve been able to do more reading and make use of professional development opportunities,” he said.

“My partner is super encouraging of all my passions. I know that when I volunteer and spend a lot of time on the road or at the field, she is cheering me on. I’m fortunate to have her support. If it’s coaching advice or support to be able to recenter, she’s my other set of eyes.”

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