Clay was born in Woodstock, NB and is the oldest of four children. He joined the Canadian Forces in 1977 and served 25 years, retiring in 2003. In the final years of his career, he was employed as a harassment advisor/investigator and trained as a Mediator with a speciality in Family Mediation. This experience led to additional courses and the opportunity to work as a peer-support counsellor with the Mental Health Department in CFB Petawawa.
Clay also followed his interest in the spiritual/philosophical nature of humanity by completing the Diploma in Ministry program at St. Francis Xavier University.
Upon retirement, Clay completed the Social Service Worker Diploma (with honours) and began his second career as a Mental Health worker as the Program Director of the Pembroke office of Bereaved Families of Ontario. The experience he gained during the two years of this position allowed him to hone his skills in the speciality of providing support to those facing bereavement.
Clay is currently working as a grief counsellor for the Robbie Dean Family Counselling Centre in Pembroke, Ontario.