John is a lawyer by training, and practiced in the area of Employment Law at one of the large downtown Toronto firms. He had a stroke in 2012, and because of the residual effects he has been on long term disability since 2013. John is a director of the Regent Park School of Music, an organization established to provide access to group and individual music lessons for at-risk youth in various Toronto neighbourhoods. He previously served as Secretary to the RPSM Board, and is a member of the Governance Committee.
John is also Co-Chair of the Toronto Chapter of Stroke Recovery Canada (SRC), which exists under the auspices of March of Dimes Canada. SRC provides peer support for stroke victims and their families and caregivers through monthly meetings and outings. John has also received training to provide peer support for the Brain Injury Society of Toronto, and will shortly begin providing peer support for BIST.
In his spare time, John plays bass for The Tantrums, who provide their services free to charities at various functions across Toronto. Everybody in the band sings except John. Even his mother thinks that’s a good thing.