Darren was born and raised in B.C. and has lived in Vernon for the past 24 years.

After bouncing from job to job in his younger years, he spent two years working in a sawmill and quickly realized that was not the career for him.

After getting laid off for the third time, he went to college where he took journalism and photography which formed the basis for a career he has been enjoying (most of the time) for the past 25 years. He wrote a slice-of-life column for a daily newspaper for eight years and still writes articles for his blog, therudemonkey.blogspot.ca.

He is a middle-aged father of three children. He has one dog and shares his home with two cats (although he's not exactly sure how that happened.)

He is losing hair where he wants it and is growing it where he doesn't need it. He has a love for motorcycles and enjoys martial arts.
Latest Articles from Darren Handschuh

Tolko investing in youths

Apr 26, 2017 / 2:34 pm

Photo: Contributed Tolko Industries is investing in the health, wellness and protection of youth. The forestry giant will donate $150,000 in 2017 as part of a community investment program that will support 20 not-for-profit organizations

Tattoo celebrates Canada

Apr 26, 2017 / 10:54 am

The Okanagan Military Tattoo will celebrate Canada's 150th birthday when it returns this summer. The event, called 2017 Canada 150 - Marching Forward Together, will be held in July. The fourth annual musical extravaganza will feature more

Remembering Laura

Apr 26, 2017 / 5:00 am

Photo: Contributed Laura Taylor Out of unimaginable tragedy, some good has come. The Canadian Mental Health Association's Vernon branch received a cheque for $2,500 that will be used for mental health outreach programs. The

And the winner is...

Apr 25, 2017 / 8:20 pm

Photo: Contributed he 2017 Okanagan Short Story Contest winners, from left: Karen Hofmann, Michael Griffin, UBC Writer in Residence Renee Sarojini Saklikar and Cliff Hatcher. A Kamloops author has won the UBC Okanagan 2017 Okanagan Short

Sex offender on the lam

Apr 25, 2017 / 5:34 pm

Photo: Contributed Police are on the hunt for a four-time federal offender. Joseph Davis, 46, served a four-year sentence for sexual assault and is currently serving a long-term supervision order. However, Davis is now wanted Canada-wide

Fraudster fleeces vacationer

Apr 25, 2017 / 5:30 pm

Photo: RCMP Nobody likes to come home from vacation, but it's even worse when you return home and find your bank account has been drained. Surrey RCMP are asking for the public’s assistance in identifying an alleged fraudster who

Police seek missing man

Apr 25, 2017 / 3:53 pm

Photo: RCMP RCMP in the North Okanagan are hoping the public can help them find a missing man. Enderby resident Lucas Wingate, 29, was last seen on Sunday, Apr. 23 driving his white 1981 Datsun pick-up truck super cab, BC LP 3361. Westgate

Truck snags power lines

Apr 25, 2017 / 3:02 pm

A section of Waddington Drive was closed briefly Tuesday afternoon after an Emterra truck snagged some power lines. Fire, police and ambulance crews were called to 640 Waddington, however, there was little they could do but wait for BC Hydro to

Fantastic Funtastic funding

Apr 25, 2017 / 9:43 am

Photo: File photo Since it began in 1985, Funtastic has given away more than $1.7 million and the group is not done yet. The annual ball tournament and music festival attracts thousands of people each year and the mission of the Funtastic

Time to burn running out

Apr 22, 2017 / 6:00 am

Photo: Contributed Time is running out for open burning in the Central Okanagan. Eligible property owners with the proper permits, have until sunset Sunday, April 30, to wrap up any open burning they may want to do. Until April 30, Central