Allow me to introduce myself; my name is John White I am extremely proud to say that my wife, Junie, and I are celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary this year. Junie was my junior high sweetheart and we are blessed with two beautiful daughters whom we are both very proud of. The youngest, Kennedy, is 15 in grade ten at Glace Bay High and the oldest is 21 completing her 3rd year of pharmacy at Dalhousie University. My wife Junie is a Pharmacy Technician and my father, Bob, lives with us we are celebrating his 80th birthday this summer.
I am a teacher with Cape Breton Victoria Regional School Board in my 16th year. Currently I am a skilled trade’s teacher at Glace Bay High but I have held teaching positions at all three educational levels. Although I am a certified counselor, I am not currently serving as a guidance counselor; I prefer to use these skills working closely with my students as they navigate their way through challenging times and assisting them as they strive to reach a healthy work/life balance.
I am an extremely active community volunteer who somehow finds time to design and build furniture and I enjoy spending as much time as possible in my garden. My volunteer work spreads across several fronts; from facilitating a male youth mentorship group to serving as mental health professional for Nova Scotia firefighters with the Critical Incident Stress Management (CISM) team and the CISM provincial board of directors. I am a sixteen year veteran volunteer firefighter and a Medical First Responder with Glace Bay Volunteer Fire Department where I currently hold the position Captain of Salvage I am heavily involved in training members. Prior to joining the fire department I spent twenty-one years in the role of coach/director for the New Aberdeen Police Boys and Girls Club. The objective in this organization was to provide youth, 6-17 years old, a safe supervised facility off the street corners where they could take part in organized floor hockey tournaments; a secondary goal was to provide children from across the town a way to form new friendships. In addition to coaching and directing, I served as an intake for young offenders who were sentenced to community hours.
I engage in philanthropy in two separate identities; The Glace Bay Food Bank board of directors and as president on the board of directors for the newly registered charity, The Christmas Crew Society. This society is very near to my heart as it hails from my own family’s annual tradition of purchasing a seasonal grocery order and delivering it to the home of a less fortunate family. While this has been our family tradition for twenty years now, it has only been the last six years that we have organized into an active society and we were officially registered October, 2016. To date we have delivered more than thirteen-hundred complete grocery orders to the doorsteps of families from Donkin, Port Morien, Glace Bay, Dominion, Reserve Mines, and New Waterford. A priority list of families is identified through the coordinated effort of School staff who then forward the list to me, I cross reference with a list provided by the Glace Bay Food Bank this process provided us with a Christmas 2016 list of three hundred twenty-nine well deserving and appreciative families.