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.
On 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