John Curry of Stittsville has been a trustee on the Ottawa Catholic School Board for 14 years (2000-2014).
During this time, he has served on numerous committees including the Board’s Special Education Advisory Committee, the Historical Committee, the Student Suspension and Expulsion Committee, the Honours and Awards Committee and the Trustee Support Services Committee, among others. He has also attended almost every single Board meeting during his time as a trustee.
But John brings more than just experience as a trustee to the table as he seeks re-election to the position in the upcoming municipal election on Monday, Oct. 27.
He is a former Commissioner and Chair of the Goulbourn Hydro Electric Commission.
He was a member of the Commission when it took over millions of dollars in electrical assets from Ontario Hydro as the Commission expanded its jurisdiction from the former village of Richmond to the whole township of Goulbourn.
John knows the world of business, having owned and operated the Stittsville News community newspaper for 26 years (1975-2001).
This experience showed him the value of balancing a budget and operating in a responsible fiscal manner.
Indeed, he was chosen as Goulbourn Businessman of the Year in 1991.
But the world of community journalism has also given John several assets which are now invaluable in the role of trustee.
A journalist is trained in research, in the skill of listening, in the ability to ask the right questions and in the ability to put together logical and engaging writings and arguments.
But more than this, John’s experience in working in the community newspaper industry, which he still does, has let him understand and appreciate the value of community, whether it be in our everyday lives or in our school system or in our relationships.
Working in the community press, he has visited and written stories about many local schools and students, not only those of the Ottawa Catholic School Board but other Boards as well. This has given him a unique perspective on schools and education, one which he has brought to the Board table and which he hopes to continue to bring to the Board table.
John was a participant, along with others, in community efforts to have Holy Spirit Catholic School and Sacred Heart Catholic High School built in Stittsville. He knew how important it is to have community schools.
John was the first chair of the Holy Spirit Parish Council.
He also served as the bulletin editor of the Holy Spirit church bulletin for two decades.
He now serves as an usher in the parish.
He is also a member of Knights of Columbus Council 12249 of Holy Spirit Parish in Stittsville.
John is an honourary member of the Stittsville District Lions Club, the Rotary Club of Ottawa – Stittsville and the Goulbourn Township Historical Society.
He was selected as the Goulbourn Citizen of the Year in 1993 and continues to serve in the community.
He was a longtime treasurer of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society and now serves on the Board of Directors of the Goulbourn Museum.
He was a founding member and the chair of the Goulbourn Sports Hall of Fame Committee which identified and honoured outstanding athletes in Goulbourn.
He also served on the Goulbourn Local Architectural Conservation Advisory Committee and after the creation of the city of Ottawa, served on the city’s L.A.C.A.C.
John was a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Hospice Ottawa from 2008 to 2013 when Friends of Hospice Ottawa amalgamated with the Hospice at May Court to create the new Hospice Care Ottawa organization.
In 1996, he was a member of the Book Committee of the Goulbourn Township Historical Society which published the book “Goulbourn Memories.”
In 1993, John wrote and published “Richmond on the Jock,” a history of the village of Richmond published for the village’s 175th anniversary year.
2012 – Ontario Association of Agricultural Societies Agricultural Service Award by the Richmond Agricultural Society for his support promoting the annual Richmond Fair over the years.
2011 – John was inducted into the Ottawa Public Library’s Order of Friendship in recognition of his support to the library branches in Stittsville, Richmond and Munster.
2009 – Goulbourn Citizen of the Year in the People’s Choice Awards sponsored by the Kanata Chamber of Commerce.
1992 – The Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Confederation in recognition of his contribution to the community.
1991 – Goulbourn Businessman of the Year