Who Is Mark?

I’ve been many things – teacher, writer, roofer, politician, herbalist and occasional taunt. I have a great love of the natural world, a spiritual spine, a desire for reason in an illogical world of human emotion, and I really like islands.

I’ve written things and still write things: books and stuff.

Politics is a game I like to play.

I have a quiet talent for healing people of their ailments.

To pay the bills, I also like doing things that get my pants dirty.

The most satisfying moments in life, I find, are those spent in the closeness of endearing friendships and faithful family. And alone time, too.

(Born 1970, Vernon, BC, Canada – Gemini)

More about Mark …

Born to an English mother and a German father Hecht and his brother spent their youth, partially on the west coast but mostly in the Okanagan Valley.

From the University of Victoria he received a Bachelor or Arts in Geography and from the University of Manitoba, a Master’s Degree in City Planning.

After his formal education he worked briefly as a city planning consultant before shifting gears and moving into the environmental field, predominantly with The Nature Trust of BC. His time in the bush among accomplished biologists, ecologists, native elders and others of great wisdom, left a deep and lasting impression on him that often informed his later writing.

In his mid-thirties, he left the idyllic resort town of Penticton and moved to the city of Calgary, where he began teaching geography at Mount Royal University.

Teaching of undergraduate geography courses, including biogeography, urban geography, a seminar in Sustainable Development, and field research into plant ecology, earned him the MRU “Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Soil sampling research, Okanagan Highlands, 2017

He’s been published in various magazines but also authored chapters in the award winning Natural Resource Conflicts: From Blood Diamonds to Rainforest Destruction.

His own book, The Rules of Invasion, a biogeographical account of how migration patterns in nature mirror human migrations, was launched in 2016.

In 2020, he returned to Vancouver Island where he started an education company and became involved in politics.

He has a passion for standing up to the big guys that pick on the little guys. He currently lives under some rather large trees and he really likes islands.

The future is local