Mr. Ray Hawkings was born in London, UK. He served in the British Army (Queens Guards) for 12 years. He emigrated to Canada in 1966 with his wife and 3 children. He began his employment in Canada by selling life insurance and then working in sales for several food companies. At the age of 48 he joined the Ontario Ministry of Corrections and worked at the Guelph Correction Centre for 17 years before retiring. In January his wife (Ann) was prescribed with oxygen and he has been her caregiver since.