George Hartsgrove is a retired single gay male, originally from Brantford ON, who spent most of his career in Ottawa. Soon after arriving in Ottawa to work at Carleton University, George began to volunteer for several LGBTQ organizations, which quickly became a passion during his life. In 1986 George took a bold leap and bought a large house on Frank Street to set up a Bed and Breakfast while continuing to work in the research community at the University of Ottawa. In 1993, George was asked to come work for the fledgling LGBTQ newspaper, Capital XTRA as the advertising sales manager. In 2007, George decided to slow down by leaving the B&B business to become a Mortgage Agent until early 2017 when he retired. A tireless community activist, he continues to participate in numerous volunteer endeavors. He is very active with the Ottawa Senior Pride Network with the Housing and Social Spaces Committee, is past chair of the Social Inclusion Committee at the Council on Ageing, and presently is a member of the Age Friendly Housing Committee. He also helps newcomers to Canada as a member of the Northern Lights Refuge. In his spare time, George likes to get out for a ride on his motorcycle.