"Winning this award is a great honour and a privilege. Seeing a script that I raised from scratch rise to this occasion and be celebrated is something I never expected, but I welcome it. I want to congratulate all the other participants for their work and passion for screenwriting. When you have an idea, there's no better feeling than completing a first draft and being proud of it."
Originally from Miramichi, McKenzie moved to Fredericton in 2015 to attend St. Thomas University and graduated in 2019 with a Bachelor of Arts (Criminology/Economics). Long after graduation, though not his primary focus, McKenzie began dabbling in the arts by working on short films with close friends, and it became something he wanted to do regularly. McKenzie has met many incredible artists from all different mediums and has been involved in other ventures, including concert photography.