Jason was born in December of 1968 at Hamilton’s St. Joseph’s Hospital. He’s lived his whole life in and around downtown Hamilton.
His love affair with Ward 2 started as a small boy, when every weekend, Grandma Ellen would take his brother Greg and him to Kresge’s, Robinsons, and a host of other great downtown shops. Then, as a student at Delta High School (where he was not only a football and basketball captain, but also valedictorian) every Saturday and Sunday for five years, rain or shine, Jason was up at 5am to make his way to work at the Hamilton Thistle Club on Robinson Street.
After Delta, Jason went on to study broadcasting at Niagara College, then urban geography at McMaster. While at Mac, Jason would DJ weekends in his hometown. His first professional broadcast in Hamilton was on CKOC in 1991. His connection to the Hamilton community flourished from there.
With his friendly presence in the local media, Jason began to establish himself among Hamilton charity groups as an event MC who never shied away from a volunteer hosting offer. He took great pride in representing any organization that was thoughtful enough to ask.
He’s worked on air in Hamilton at CKOC, CHAM, Y108, CHML, the latter half as a morning man. And, from the start, he volunteered as a host on many different community driven programs at Cable 14, where he most recently hosted their daily public affairs show, For The Record. Jason has also been the stadium announcer for the Hamilton Tiger-Cats and a part-time host for Sportsline on CHCH.
Jason’s reputation as a reliable, good-natured, and educated community leader continues to grow. He has always been Dedicated to the Core.
Here are just a few of the organizations he’s helped out along the way:
• Big Brothers Big Sisters
• Bowl for Kids Sake
• Brian Injury Foundation
• Canadian Cancer Society
• Citizenship and Immigration
• City of Hamilton Men’s Basketball League
• City Kidz
• Central Memorial Recreation Centre
• Culture and Recreation dept.
• Community Living
• Delta High School
• Friends of the Aviary
• Festival of Friends
• Glendale High School
• Hamilton Port Authority
• Hamilton Minor Sports
• Hamilton Bulldogs
• Hamilton Professional Firefighters
• Hamilton Food Share
• Hill Park Reunion
• Hockeyville (Dundas)
• Huntington Park Recreation Centre
• It’s Your Festival
• Kiwanis Boys and Girls Club
• Mohawk Quad Pad
• MS Walk
• Norman Pinky Lewis Recreation Centre
• Santa Claus Parade
• Scott Park High School
• Theatre Aquarius
• United Way
He’s also Honourary Chair of an initiative he established with Banyan Community Services in 1998 called Committed For Kids, sending hundreds of area kids to Camp Maple Leaf. To date, that campaign has raised over $700,000.00
- Pledges Full-Time Commitment based on personal accessibility
- Supports a Co-Operative Approach to Council
- Is determined to ensure Property Owners Live Up to Commitments
- Will Tirelessly support Arts, Culture and Recreation
- Will Prioritize issues concerning Seniors, Children and Families
- Will facilitate the creation of even Greater Neighborhoods
Understands That A Healthy Downtown is vital to a healthy City.