John Thompson, PhD

Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble;
it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. - Max Ehrmann, Desiderata

Personal Information

I live in Goderich, Ontario with my wife Beth, our two cats (Nelson and Eddie), and our dog Molly. I've lived here for over fifteen years. I am semi-retired.

In 2015, I began this encore career as an employment counsellor and coach by enrolling in Conestoga College's Career Development Practitioner program. I graduated with distinction in 2017 and am now actively pursuing this project.

I have lived in Southwestern Ontario for all my life. I have worked primarily as a researcher and educator in both public and private settings. I have also worked as a carpenter, bicycle mechanic, bookseller, and apprentice blacksmith.

I have been an active volunteer in community organizations all my life. Since moving to Goderich, I have served on the Board of the Maitland Trail Assocation and the Goderich Little Theatre. I also served as a community representative on the Finance Committee of our local hospital foundation and on the fund-raising committee of the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation.

I have been a blood donor since high school, and in the fall of 2015, I made my 100th donation.

In 2011, our home was hit by the F3 tornado that hit Goderich on 21 August. Our house was severely damaged. We were home at the time, but we were not injured.

My wife Beth and I are avid hikers. In fact, we met while attending a two weekend workshop on the use of a Map & Compass.

Since then, we have walked a long way together. We particularly like doing what the English call "long walks".

Over the past 15 years, we have completed end to end hikes of ...

  • The Bruce Trail (800 kms through southern Ontario)

  • The Maitland Trail (45 kms through Huron County in southern Ontario)

  • The Cumbria Way (70 miles through the Lake District of England)

  • The West Highland Way (100 miles through southwestern Scotland)

  • Four day hike along the GR4 in France from St. Andre-Des-Alpes to Entreveaux.

  • The Limestone Way (50 miles through the Peak District in the Midlands of England)