Please join us in welcoming Chris from Ottawa to our Mr Ottawa Bear judging team.
A former Mr Ottawa Bear himself, Chris appreciates the importance of body positivity and the acceptance that beauty comes in many shapes and sizes.
His experience as Mr Ottawa Bear 2018 provided the opportunity to not just support that for others, but also to find confidence within himself, to love his own bearish qualities.
As an openly gay father to a teenage boy, he takes great pride in encouraging his son to accept and love himself as he is, and encourages that in others also. He believes real beauty comes from the soul, and everyone has the potential to shine.
Chris enjoys contributing to the community, and has made every effort since arriving in Ottawa three-years ago to do just that.
He also enjoys performing stand-up comedy because he believes laughter has the power to heal.
Chris wants to congratulate all of this year’s competitors. He knows the Mr Ottawa Bear competition can have only one winner, but he also knows that competition is challenging and hard work.