Despite having a loving mother and maternal family, Ian’s early years saw him experience serious Domestic and Family abuse.
As a young teenager, Ian says he was convinced his future contained a repetition of his difficult childhood and adolescence. This was a fate he was determined to avoid.
Later in life, Ian faced more challenges and he felt he had no control left except for one thing, his own life.
The young boy who was convinced his life had no positive purpose has since grown to become more than he ever imagined he could be, from 25 years of military service three degrees across two disciplines, three children of his own and much more.
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