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Councillor Harold Usher

Ward 12

About Harold

Harold Usher is the ward 12 City Councillor. He is the first person of African/Caribbean/Latin American ancestry to be elected to London City Council. His mission in life is to "inspire, empower and enable individuals to better their personal disposition and quality of life." He is a 1972 Civil Engineering graduate of Sir George Williams (currently Concordia) University in Montreal. He worked for Bell Canada for 24 years, after which he became an Inspirational Speaker, Personnel Development Trainer, and an advocate for human rights and social justice issues, including: equality, race relations, opportunities for the less privileged, quality of life, and harmony for all in the community.

Harold has been the recipient of several honours and awards, including: the Canada 125th Commemorative Medal; the 2012 Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal; a three time Distinguished Toastmasters Designation from Toastmasters International; the Toastmasters International President’s Citation; the joint Professional Engineers Ontario and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers Citizenship Award; the London (Ontario) Black Community Achievement Award; The Toronto Ethnic Pride News Magazine African Canadian Achievement Award for Excellence in Politics; the 2014 El Hombre Latino (Latino Man of the Year); and others.

Harold is the founder, owner and President of “Adventures in . . . SEMINARS & SPEECHES,” a company that offers high-impact human resources development workshops to organizations and individuals, to learn, lead and perform in the workplace. His workshops include Improving Communication Skills; Leadership Skills; Interpersonal Relations; Time Management; Networking; and Team Building. He speaks on such topics as, Becoming Intentionally Appealing; YOU are the Magic; Building Your First, Second and Third Impressions; Developing Your Own Personal Mission Statement; Being a better YOUReliability; Appreciation/Gratitude; Persistence; Character; Where do You Go from Here?; and Prostate a Problem of Men!

Harold is a prostate cancer, heart attack and colon cancer survivor. In collaboration with his renowned Canadian urologist, Dr. Joseph Chin, he co-authored the easy-to-read, patient-friendly, informative and inspiring book, “PROSTATE! PROSTATE! PROSTATE! A Problem of Men,” in which he tells his story, encouraging men to get regular check-ups and to take action quickly if and when they are diagnosed with prostate cancer. He is a strong advocate for regular medical check-ups in the hopes of catching symptoms of prostate cancer, colon cancer, heart disease, and other diseases, early. Notwithstanding all this, he remains sensational!

Harold is well known for his fairness, compassion, integrity and an overall positive attitude. He is an excellent role-model for all. He serves as a mentor to several people, inspiring them to reach their full potential and preparing them to become leaders for a world beyond tomorrow.

Appointments to Council Committees

  • Member, Strategic Priorities and Policy Committee

  • Member, Civic Works Committee

  • Member, Community and Protective Services Committee

Previous Appointments to Council Committees

  • Chair, Civic Works Committee

  • Member, Governance Working Group

Local Agencies, Boards, Commissions and other Organizations

  • Member, Dearness Home Committee of Management

  • Member, Elgin Area Primary Water Supply System Joint Board of Management

  • Member, Rapid Transit Implementation Working Group

  • Member, Waste Management Working Group

  • Member, Indigenous Relations Working Group

  • Member, Federation of Canadian Municipalities Standing Committees

    • Member, Environmental Issues and Sustainable Development Committee

    • Member, International Relations Committee

    • Member, Increasing Women's Participation in Municipal Government Committee

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Councillor Harold Usher
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