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About Me

I was born in 1979 in Kitchener, Ontario, Canada. I have spent most of my life living in Waterloo Region. I grew up in Kitchener and then moved with my family to Baden, Ontario. My high school days were at Rockway Mennonite Collegiate in Kitchener, Ontario. I enjoyed playing on many successful sports teams and enjoyed a great community life at the school.

jon-darlene-wedding.jpgOn February 26, 2005 I married my wonderful wife Darlene, who is formerly a Hemingway. We currently live in northwest Calgary, Alberta, Canada.
Also in 2005, I graduated from the University of Waterloo with a Bachelor of Environmental Studies – Honours Co-op Geography with a Specialization in Biophysical Systems and a Minor in Peace and Conflict Studies. I was proud to get on the Dean’s Honours List at Graduation.

I recently finished a Masters of Environmental Desgn (Planning) at the University of Calgary. I am now working in Lethbridge, Alberta for the Oldman River Regional Services Commission as a Planner. After 2 1/2 years of being a teacher at a local elementary school in Calgary, Darlene is on maternity leave with our son Caleb and daughter Leah. She completed a Bachelor of Education at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario.

My interests include anything active and/or outdoors (canoeing, fishing, frisbee, basketball, almost all sports, hiking, snowshoeing, etc. – anything except golf), faith & religion and environmental and social justice issues. My identity is shaped in being a Christian, a follower of Jesus’ way of grace, truth and peace. I strive to live my life in pursuit of Jesus’ example and the teachings of the Bible. A part of my Christian identity is my Mennonite background, which I hold tightly, especially the theology of pacifism. ~Jonathan

You must be the change you want to see in the world. -Gandhi

2 Responses to About Me

  1. sue

    Hi Jon,

    Can you please call me at 519-498-5119 or 519-579-3084 / 225 – Thank you!

    Sue Burdey

  2. Robin Lybbert

    Hi Jon,

    I was looking up people who had done well at the lost soul ultra in the past to try and get some training tips. I was wondering if you wouldn’t mind if I gave you a call some time to discuss ideas and what you had done. This blog looks pretty old so I’m not sure if you will even get this. I’m trying to break more into the competitive side of the racing. Last year i did the race in 7 hrs and this year i’d like to shave off at least an hour of my time and then continue improving for future races. Any training tips you have would be great.


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