About John

I am so lucky to be married to my beautiful and motivating wife and be a father to three great kids; two of them are currently students in Board schools. My youngest will start in September 2012.

Having grown up in the Parry Sound, Ontario area, I moved to Ottawa 13 years ago after obtaining a MSc from the University of Guelph in the field of Planning and Development. I have served my communities in various capacities including time as a municipal Councilor, a member of different Boards and Commissions, a director on my eldest’s day care Co-operative Board of Directors, and as coach of a youth soccer team for 10 years. I am currently on the Board of Directors of my son’s day care centre.

I am passionate about and committed to making a difference here in my community where I am inspired by the energy and enthusiasm of fellow parents and community members who also believe that our children deserve the best in public education.

I believe I have skills and perspectives that will benefit parents who have children that attend schools in the OCDSB and those who do not – but still need to know that the tax dollars that they direct to the Board are used wisely.

I think the incumbent has done a fine job in many ways since her election in 2003. It is not easy to put part of your life on hold in the service of one’s community.  I thank her for her hard work.

But I believe that we are heading toward times that will require a fresh and new perspective on the issues facing the OCDSB.  Families are facing uncertainties in this town and need to feel secure in the fact that their children’s’ education is in good custody and that the dollars used to support it are used efficiently.

I do have fresh ideas. I do not have an agenda biased toward a single group. If elected, I will use my fresh perspective to continue to ensure that the education of our community’s children is secure.

The Province is pressuring Boards to find ways to trim costs and find “efficiencies”, while the biggest savings that can be found are right under the Province’s nose: the quadruplication of education services in the Province.

My children could have attended a school in any one of the four Boards in the City.  I find this to be an outrageous quadruplication of services and feel that we really must, at the community level, begin the push for a more rational, single Board of Education. I know that as a Board member, I will not control these Provincial matters. But I will do what I can.

Schools should not be closed. Parkwood Hills Public School would, in all likelihood, still be open today if there was one Board for all. Which one is next? Maybe your own.

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Comments
  1. Robert Walsh says:

    Dear John,

    I would like to vote for you, but I have one tiny doubt. Do you live in school zone 6?

    Cheers,
    Robert Walsh

    • John says:

      Hi Mr. Walsh.
      Yes, I do. I live in Ward 18 – close to Canterbury Secondary School. Ward 18, along with Ward 13, comprise Zone 6.
      If you have any other questions please feel free to send them my way!
      Thanks,

      John

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