Our Interim Leader
Interim Leader, NL NDP
Interim Leader of the NL NDP
Jim is a born and bred resident of St. John's, Newfoundland. He and his wife, Michelle, are proud parents and grandparents of three adult children and two beautiful grandchildren. Their oldest daughter is a teacher with the francophone school district. The second daughter is a pediatric resident at the Janeway Children’s Hospital, and their son is completing studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. Michelle is a retired teacher.
Jim taught 32 years in both small rural and large urban schools before taking leave from 2013 - 2017 to assume his responsibilities as President of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association. Jim retired from that position and from teaching at the end of July 2017. Nationally, Jim served on the executive council and board of directors of the Canadian Teachers’ Federation until July 2018.
Jim maintains a strong commitment social justice and believes the true measure of a society is best determined by its treatment of its most vulnerable citizens. He is a long time supporter of several international social justice organisations. He has been a member of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul for 33 years, has served on the executive and as president of the St. Teresa’s Conference, and serves as a member of the conference’s housing committee. Currently, he serves on the board of directors and finance committee of The Gathering Place, whose mission is to provide barrier-free street level supports for marginalized individuals in our community. While not directly related to social justice, Jim also sits as President of the Salmonid Association of Eastern Newfoundland a conservation organisation dedicated to the preservation of our wild salmon and trout stocks and to the promotion of responsible and sustainable angling.
John C. Maxwell said, “Every person has a longing to be significant; to make a contribution; to be part of something noble and purposeful.” Jim believes it is that longing which underpins the New Democratic Party.