Meet David Leonard

Health and fitness are always top of mind for David. You can find him in the gym five or six days a week, swimming or lifting weights to stay in shape. “I’ve tried different sports, including basketball, but sometimes it’s a lot harder than it looks,” he admits.

Soccer is another one of his passions, which may have something to do with growing up with English football. The weekend is typically reserved for watching some Premier League matches. “My team is Crystal Palace F.C.,” David asserts, “and I can often catch a match around 10 a.m. Toronto time, which still leaves the afternoons and evenings free.”

He’s also really looking forward to the World Cup, especially since England and Canada are both in it. “Unfortunately, Italy didn’t make it in and my fiancée is Italian. Of course, I took a lot of ribbing when Italy won the Euro Cup in 2020, but not so much now,” he jokes.

Settled in the GTA

David migrated to Toronto eight years ago, starting off in the Stockyards District, near the trendy Junction neighbourhood of Toronto. “I still like going back there,” he says. “It’s familiar, and I enjoy checking out the shops there on summer days.”

More recently, he’s moved just north of the city. “I like it here, but it does require driving to most places.” The household has expanded to three—including himself, his fiancée, and their dog, a nine-month-old Australian Shepherd. “He needs a lot of exercise, so I wind up running with him almost every day.”

Flicks, and Non-fiction

David claims Back to the Future as his favourite movie. “Although, if I wanted to sound more dignified, I’d say it’s The Graduate,” he quips. He also gravitates to Disney+, particularly for the Star Wars and Marvel Universe content.

In the book department, it’s mostly non-fiction, as he finds it more interesting than fiction. He enjoyed Helter Skelter, which was co-authored by Vincent Bugliosi, who prosecuted Charles Mason in his 1970 trial. He also recommends Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand, which chronicles the challenges of a WWII American prisoner of war in Japan.

Back to travelling, hopefully

“I’ve covered most of Europe in my travels,” says David, “but I’d really like to get to Yellowstone Park, visit the Rain Forest and go on Safari in Africa.” Like many of us, he hasn’t had much of a chance to travel since pre-pandemic times, but he’s planning a summer trip to Spain for a family wedding.

More locally, David enjoys touring around Ontario in the warmer months. “Whenever I have visitors from overseas, I’ll take them to the usual tourist spots like the CN Tower and Niagara Falls. I know it’s cheesy, but I like all those souvenir shops on the Clifton Hill strip.” In Toronto, his favourite tourist destination is the Rogers Centre for a Blue Jays game.

Facilities Team at Farber

David joined the Facilities Team at Farber. “It’s been interesting because no two days are the same–we deal with challenges as they come up,” he explains. He found the move to Farber to be an easy transition. “Everyone’s been really helpful, steering me in the right direction when I have questions,” he claims. “People are friendly and inclusive, which makes it a fun place to work.”

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