John has worked for Emergency Health Services Nova Scotia for over two decades as an Advanced Care Paramedic. He is trained to work as a Clinic Support Paramedic and as an Emergency Medical Dispatcher. He has also volunteered as a Firefighter and provided firefighter training throughout Nova Scotia. He participated in Operation Parasol at CFB Greenwood, and was present during the search for survivors after Swissair 111 crashed. John has been featured in and contributed to local and international publications and has spoken at medical and business conferences throughout North America on various professional topics. John currently sits on the Investigations Committee for the College of Paramedics of Nova Scotia and is a referral agent with the EMC Peer and Family Support Services.
John is active in his community as a volunteer with many organizations including his church, Scouts Canada and local schools. He is an executive member of the Sheldrake Home Owners Association, founding member of the Nova Scotia Paramedic Society, and additionally involved in the following community groups: Sheldrake Lake Aeration Project, Lakeside Community Garden, BLT Canada Day celebration, Halifax Amateur Radio Club, and Nova Scotia Archaeology Society.
For his lifelong service and community commitments, he has been honored to receive the Duke of Edinburgh Gold Award from His Royal Highness, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, the Nova Scotia Provincial Volunteer Award from Premier Stephen McNeil, the Halifax Municipal Volunteer Award from Mayor Mike Savage, the Tema Conter Memorial Trust Media Award from Vince Savoia, the EHS Long Service Medal from Health Minister Leo Glavine, and the Certificate of Commendation, for a water rescue, from the Governor General of Canada.
Born in this great city, Halifax has always felt like home to him. He is a husband and a father of two young boys. Currently, John is enrolled in the Bachelor of Science (Post Diploma) Human Science at Athabasca University.