Kevin was born in Winnipeg, but grew up in Calgary's Lake Bonavista, after a family move from Ottawa before he started Grade 8. His father Ron was working the Department of Veterans affairs at the time, and took a transfer to be Executive Director of the Colonel Belcher Hospital. Kevin’s mother was a nurse prior to raising the Hanson family-of-4 children. Oris enrolled in a nursing refresher course at Mount Royal while Kevin was at Dr. E.P. Scarlett high school, and both graduated the same June. She went on to work for many years in orthopedics at the Rockyview Hospital. Kevin remembers tensions in the house were always interesting whenever the Alberta Nurses went on strike!
Kevin married his best friend and high-school sweet-heart Judy the year before the Calgary Winter Olympics. Judy's family has deep roots in Calgary. Her grandfather moved to Calgary in 1908 at the tender age of 8, and her father Al was born in the old Calgary General Hospital. Her mother hailed from New Brunswick, moving adventurously to Calgary as a young woman in 1952.
When asked how long he has been married, Kevin will usually reply “an eternity” and then qualify it with the understanding that he was Judy’s Junior High graduation date. That said, they have just celebrated their 30th Wedding Anniversary. Kevin and Judy have two children. The lure of the quality of life in Springbank was strong for the young family, so they located to Elbow Valley in 2000 when their youngest was just 3 years old.
Both boys grew up in the Springbank public school system, and were keen members of the 151 Springbank Scouts program. Having participated heavily in Scouting in their younger years, (Judy was one of the first female Venturers in Calgary), the parents were keen to see their children benefit from such a program.
Kevin heartfeltly supported Judy - "If you are driving all the way to the school gymnasium, you might as well stay there and be a leader.” - which evolved into a rewarding 10-year long volunteer effort culminating with Judy serving a number of years as the 151 Springbank Group Commissioner. For her dedicated volunteer work with the group Judy received a number of awards including the 10-year leadership award. Many a Springbank Cub Car and Scout Truck where constructed in Kevin’s wood working shop.
Kevin has a diverse range of non-work related interests, including radio control soaring, photography, backpacking, skiing, golfing, cycling, computers, brewing beer, barbeque, construction and woodworking.
In Kevin and Judy’s younger years, summer vacation entailed getting lost in the mountains. Together, they have backpacked the Great Divide Trail from Kananaskis to North of Jasper by linking annual 1- to 2-week segments. A long-time cyclist, for a number of years Kevin commuted by bicycle to downtown Calgary from Elbow Valley.
Closer to home, Kevin has served on the Board of Directors of the Elbow Valley Residents Club for 7 of the past 9 years. This included 2-years as President, just prior to a bylaws-mandated stepping down after 6-years of continuous service. After a brief respite, he rejoined the Board in 2016 for another 2-year term. Elbow Valley is a complex bare land condominium organization of 700 residences, and operating the community bears many similarities to running a small town. Kevin is confident that his experience in helping steward Elbow Valley will translate into a solid contribution for Rocky View Council.