“We need to continue and expand the support we offer to people living with Parkinson’s and their families. There is much we can do as a community if we work together to improve the quality of life for those affected by Parkinson’s. Let’s make a difference today.”

John ran his own business and worked for 10 years as an insurance agent. Prior to retirement, he worked for 10 years in cottage country providing services to individuals in the community. John also has extensive professional experience working with youth and their parents in treatment and crisis.

John has extensive volunteer experience, which includes more than three years at the Penetanguishene Curling Club and more than six years at the Midland Bay Sailing Club. John has dedicated a significant amount of time to serving those living with Parkinson’s as a former member of the Board of Directors of Parkinson Society Canada and Chair of the Parkinson Society Central & Northern Ontario. He has also served on the advocacy committees both nationally and in Ontario. He is currently serves as the Chair of the Ontario Advocacy Committee.

John attended Ferris State University and studied Human Resources Management at York University and Seneca College.

John resides in Tiny, Ontario with his wife Margot Bartlett, who has lived with Parkinson’s disease for more than 26 years. Now retired, John spends his time as a caregiver and volunteer and enjoys music, golf, sailing and photography.