Kurt Leavins was born in the small farming community of Dinsmore, Saskatchewan. He received his post-secondary education at the University of Saskatchewan. He has spent the subsequent 33 years in Broadcasting and Journalism across Canada, as a Reporter, News Director, On-Air Anchor, General Manager & Vice President. He is currently a Senior Programming Consultant for The Jim Pattison Broadcast Group. Kurt, his wife Cathie and son Brandon have been part-time turned full-time Pender Islanders since 1999.