On October 22nd 2018 Shawn was elected to be the London City Councillor for Ward 2, defeating the 24yr incumbent by a vote of 3483 to 1799, capturing 64% of the vote.

Shawn is a proud east London resident who’s called the Forest City home for over 20 years. As a local TV show host and radio personality, he regularly weighs in on issues that matter to Londoners. Behind the scenes, Shawn is an active volunteer with the London Bandits Minor Hockey Association, the Royal Canadian Legion, and the Argyle Community Association.

For 12 years Shawn served as the political aide to Member of Parliament Irene Mathyssen, in her constituency office in east London. In that role, he has helped east London small businesses and non-profit groups access millions of dollars in federal funding. That money has helped fund summer jobs for students, wheelchair ramps for churches and legions and social-recreation programs for seniors and more. He has also helped residents sort out personal tax issues with Canada Revenue, and helped cut through red-tape delaying Employment Insurance benefits for people who’ve found themselves out of work.

Shawn also knows how to get things done at City Hall! As chair of the community association, he successfully fought City Hall to get Vimy Ridge Park designated in Argyle in time for the 100th Anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge. He is a city-council appointee to the Committee of Adjustment and Property Standards. On the committee, since 2014, Shawn has dealt with approvals for hundreds of projects including new tri-plex housing on Trafalgar and the construction of Eastpark’s new wave pool!

Despite his passion for important civic work, Shawn hasn’t spent his entire adult life as a politician. Before entering politics, he worked in restaurants and automotive plants for several years, and has held both management and union steward positions. In his spare time Shawn enjoys hitting the gym at the local YMCA, gardening, spending time with his nephews, playing video games, reading comic books and science fiction.

Career and Community Highlights: 

  • As Chair of the Argyle Community Association worked on projects including; Vimy Ridge Park, East London Community Centre, Kiwanis Park improvements, Movie in the Park, Family Day Free Skating, and more,
  • London Constituency Assistant to MP Irene Mathyssen,
  • Commissioner of Oaths, Province of Ontario,
  • Chair of the City of London’s Committee of Adjustment and Property Standards Tribunal,
  • Member of the City of London’s Neighbourhood Decision Making Committee for the southeast London zone,
  • London Bandits minor hockey; team manager, parent rep, trainer, fundraiser,
  • Host of LdnOnt TV on Rogers Cable,
  • Political commentator on AM 980 radio,
  • Member of the Royal Canadian Legion Victory Branch 317,
  • Royal Canadian Air Force Association 427 Wing,
  • Member of the East London Optimists,

Shawn looks forward to working for and with Londoners, especially Argyle area residents, on the issues that matter, and he invites you to reach out anytime with ideas or questions.