John Henry (politician)
|Mayor of Oshawa, Ontario|
December 1, 2010
|Preceded by||John Gray|
July 30, 1960 |
Oshawa, Ontario, Canada
Early life and education
Henry was born in Oshawa, Ontario. The son of Oshawa General Motors workers, he attended RS McLaughlin CVI High School. Henry is a graduate of R S McLaughlin CVI, Durham College, George Brown College and Panasonic's Corporate School. Henry trained as an Industrial Fire Fighter at the Louisiana State University, Ice Rescue Specialist at the Rochester Police Academy, Dive Rescue Specialist, Level 1 at the University of Michigan. Henry represented Canada at the Fist International Dive Rescue Program at the University of Colorado. He is the owner of Office Products and Services, an Oshawa company serving Durham Region and the GTA.
He is married to Katherine, a pharmacist and is the father of two girls, Danielle and Jessica.
On November 13, 2006, Henry was elected to serve on the Oshawa and Durham Region councils representing the constituents in the Oshawa ward 5 area.
Henry announced his campaign for the office of Mayor in the October 25, 2010 Oshawa election. Henry's campaign is focussed on three key areas.
- Restoring respect for taxpayers at city hall by attacking the corporation’s debt load, high tax rates, and accountability issues;
- Creating transformational economic growth and new job opportunities;
- Re-establishing a ‘residents first’ community-oriented approach to decision-making, at both the local and regional levels.
Henry defeated incumbent mayor John Gray and Louise Parkes, a former federal Liberal candidate in the 2004 election. Gray and Parkes had initially much better name recognition than Henry, however Henry won the election by a large margin. As Henry ran his campaign in a similar manner to Toronto mayoral candidate Rob Ford (who would be elected Toronto mayor in the same evening), the Toronto Sun dubbed Henry "Rob Ford East".
Henry has over 30 years of volunteer service in the community and has helped the following organizations
|Community Care Durham|
|Durham Regional Crime Stoppers|
|Eastview Boys and Girls Club|
|Hearth Place Cancer Support Centre|
|Kinsmen Club of Oshawa|
|The Ontario Regiment RCAC Association|
|Oshawa Hospital Foundation (Gala Chair, 2007)|
|Robert McLaughlin Art Gallery|
|Rotary Club of Oshawa|
|Rotary Rib Fest|
|St. John's Ambulance (Oshawa)|
|Whitby Sports Hall of Fame|
|Whitby Sunrise Rotary|
Awarded the Order of St. John in 1991.