Bill was born in Edmonton, Alberta, and raised in the small Alberta prairie town of Castor. He is a staff photographer for the Vancouver Sun newspaper where he has won the Canadian “National Newspaper Award” for feature photography. He also won an “Award of Excellence” in the photograph-of-the-year competition held by the national Press Association in the United States, plus six Canadian Press Awards. In 1994 Bill received an award from the British Columbia Council for the Family for his photographic work on “Children of Poverty” feature. In May 2001. Bill was nominated for a National Newspaper Award for feature stories on drugs in the inner city.