Biography / Background
My name is Darren Smith. I was born in Halifax. I have also lived in Regina, Ottawa, Saint John, Fredericton and Dawson City, Yukon. I spent 2 years studying science at UNB Saint John before switching to business and attending UNB Fredericton.
After finishing my studies in Fredericton I worked in the construction field and eventually started my own contracting company.
Home Inspection Career
I performed my first home inspection on Charlois Court in Dartmouth on June 29, 1995. Since then I have performed well over 7000 inspections. That equates to well over 10 000 hours of field experience.
I am a member of the International Association of Certified Home Inspectors (InterNACHI). I have taken courses through Carson & Dunlop, InterNACHI, Wood Energy Technical Transfer (WETT) and the Nova Scotia Building Officials Association (NSBOA) .
After family, friends and work my main priority in life is helping people fight addictions. One way I do this is by sitting on the board of directors of a local addiction recovery center.
In 2007 I quit smoking. Prior to that I smoked a package of cigarettes a day. Quitting was one of the hardest things I have ever done. Like most people I also have family and friends who suffer from addictions as well. I lost my first cousin David to addiction. Rest in peace.
The mental, physical and financial destruction caused by addictions is incalculable. Smoking, Drinking, Gambling, Drugs, Food etc. It affects not only the addicted but also their family, friends and co-workers. Addictions kill more people every year world wide than Cancer and Aids combined. Think about that for a second.
In addition to being afflicted with an addictive behavior the sufferer also must live with the stigma placed on them by some judgmental individuals. "They have no will power, they are lazy, they want to be addicted". That is BS. Most addicted individuals have under lying physical or mental maladies that have predisposed them to their addictive behavior.
I am blessed to rub shoulders with a network of Doctors, Specialists and Professionals in an effort to help people recover from addiction. By supporting my company you support me and by supporting me you support My Cause.
If you know someone who suffers and they don't know where to turn feel free to contact me. There is help available. There is hope.