Welcome to PuZ Pages

Who Am I?

Gregory 2012
Gregory Matthews 2012

I'm Gregory Matthews. I sign my artwork "PuZ" - an abbreviation for the nickname "Pussness" which was given to me in highschool. I am 45 years old. (My birthday is approaching! Want to send me an email?) I was born in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada but grew up in Cornwall, Ontario, Canada. I currently live in Kingston, Ontario, Canada where I work as a freelance web designer.

Mom & Dad
Mom & Dad

My Mom & Dad still live in Cornwall. My sister and her family are there as well. My brother lives in Norway with his wife and daughter.

I went to highschool in Cornwall and graduated in 1991. I attempted Carleton University in Ottawa immediately afterwards, but found out the hard way that I just wasn't ready. After a long and drawn out battle with Schizophrenia, I enrolled at the St. Lawrence College Cornwall Campus in September 2005 and graduated with two computer-related diplomas. Although I did really well, keeping a 4.0 GPA, I was unable to find work. I enrolled at the St. Lawrence College Kingston Campus in September 2009 and graduated with another computer-related diploma - I even managed to keep my 4.0 GPA.

Thanks to a good friend, I was able to enter self-employment after graduation. I've been working in Kingston as a self-employed web designer ever since. If you are interested in knowing more about my work, please check out https://gmatthewswebdesign.com, the site I dedicate to work.

SAPK
St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church

I am an Elder at St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church Kingston and am very active with my church family. I am currently the Bookings Coordinator and am responsible for the audio during services. I also sit on the Property & Maintenance Committee, Leading with Care Committee and Church Usage Committee.

XBox 360
My Current Console

As far as hobbies go, I am an avid gamer. Boardgames, card games, table-top role-playing games, and video games - I devote time to them all. My favourite boardgame is Talisman. My favourite card game is Munchkin. My favourite RPG is D&D5e. My favourite video game is Lego Dimensions. I could take up the whole page if I were to list everything! Although many people know me for my artwork, I set aside my drawing to concentrate on college and am a little embarrassed to admit that I never picked it back up. Hopefully, I will start finding more time to draw - I really do miss it.

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Awards & Recognition

Diplomas & Transcript

2007 - Computer Engineering Technician
2007 - Computer Engineering Technician
2008 - Computer Engineering Technology
2008 - Computer Engineering Technology
2008 Governor General Medal
2008 Governor General Medal
2012 - Computer Programmer Analyst
2012 - Computer Programmer Analyst
2012 Governor General Medal
2012 Governor General Medal
College Transcript Page 1/3
College Transcript Page 1/3
College Transcript Page 2/3
College Transcript Page 2/3
College Transcript Page 3/3
College Transcript Page 3/3

College Awards

2006 Browns Fine Foods
2006 Brown's Fine Foods Award - Technology
2006 Executive Director List
2006 Executive Director's Academic List
2006 Mitel Bursary
2006 Mitel Bursary
2007 Academic Council Medal
2007 Academic Council Medal
2007 Dean List Technology Year 2
2007 Dean's List Technology Year 2
2007 Faculty Award Technician
2007 Faculty Award Technician
2007 Jessica Cross
2007 Jessica Cross Award
2007 OACETT Technician
2007 OACETT Technician Award
2008 Academic Council Medal
2008 Academic Council Medal - Technology
2008 Faculty Award Technology
2008 Faculty Award - Technology
2008 OACETT Technologist
2008 OACETT Technologist Award
2010 Dean List CPA
2010 Dean's List CPA
2011 Dean List CPA
2011 Dean's List CPA
2012 Academic Council Medal
2012 Academic Council Medal - CPA
2012 President List
2012 President's List

I won a series of awards when I graduated highschool, including the Govenor General's Medal for having the highest grades in the region during my graduation year. I was a bit surprised, but didn't really appreciate what I had achieved. It wasn't until I received awards during my college years that I understood what I had done. I have three college diplomas: Computer Engineering Technician class of 2007, Computer Engineering Technology class of 2008, and Computer Programmer Analyst class of 2012. I maintained a 4.0 GPA for all three - (that means I got an A+ in every class). My efforts got me 15 awards and 2 Governor General Medals. The awards were mostly related to my grades. The Governor General Medals (class of 2008 and class of 2012), mean that I had the highest grades in any diploma program across all three St. Lawrence College campuses.

Although, not as prestigious as my college awards, I did actually win something for my artwork in 2001. A friend told me about the competition being held in Westport, Ontario, Canada, and helped me properly frame two entries. Both were based on designs that are a part of my 2001 - An Art Odyssey collection: my redesign of "Contemplating the Sting" (2001/05/03) didn't garner much attention, but my redesign of "Beaver's Light" (2001/02/12) won third place in the Adult Miscellaneous division. I got a lovely little yellow ribbon and small plaque.

RVAF
Third

Believe it or not, but my struggle with mental illness actually got me some recognition as well! When I moved back to Cornwall in 2005, I got involved with the Canadian Mental Health Assoction (CMHA) of Champlain East. When I left the board to go to Kingston, I was given a small plaque thanking me for my "Signigicant Contributions" - yeah, they misspelled the word. I was definitely surprised and very thankful.

2010 Inspiration Awards
Recipients of 2010 Inspiration Awards

In 2010, I was presented with an Inspiration Award. This is given out to a small collection of people and groups every year through the Royal Ottawa Health Care Group to recognize people who have succeeded in the face of mental illness. There was a black-tie affair held at the Aviation Museum in Ottawa. I got to meet Daniel Alfredsson there - he had just recently become a spokesperson for mental illness through the group. I was given a really neat hand-made glass sculpture trophy.

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Enjoy Your Visit

I hope you enjoy surfing around this site. The first version appeared many, many years ago with a free chunk of the Internet. In 2010, I bought my server space through HostPapa, and this incarnation of the site was born.

You will find a good sized collection of my artwork posted up here, and, periodically, you will find an online store for purchasing Christmas cards. I've also got a page dedicated to my gaming interests, as well a place I like to put up a bunch of whatever that I have dubbed "Rantings". Also, feel free to visit my contact page to send me a message.

Toodles!