My name is Iain McCallum and I was born and raised North of Toronto. I enjoyed where I grew up, where I could run around on the streets and play with my friends. But as it built up around us and I started to have a family of my own, I started looking for a place that was like where I grew up which I found in rural Ontario and then moved my young family to the Ottawa area in the early 1990’s. I am running for the second time for the position of city councilor in ward 21. I live in Richmond with my wife Carolynn and where I raised my family. I have 5 brothers and sisters and many nieces and nephews who have children of their own. I am the father of four grown children and grandfather to 3 young children, who live in the Ottawa area. My children are all either working in their careers after having completed post-secondary degrees or are attending a post-secondary institution. Our large family is very close-knit and we spend as much time together as we can.
I currently work for the Canada Post Corporation and own a legal services business in the Ottawa area. I have worked in many different industries, such as transportation, legal, agriculture, construction, automotive, hospitality, retail, and presently work in a Crown Corporation, this variety has provided me with the opportunities to experience many different avenues of life. I have training in mediation and arbitration. I continue to put many hours per week volunteering in my community. I spearheaded a literacy program in the Catholic School Board and am presently working with the Somalian community to send Canadian-made buildings to be used as houses in the war torn country. I presently work in a union and have completed university courses studying unions, where I learned about dealing and working with unions, so that I can understand how to keep a strict line on the budget. In my volunteer life, as a coach for well over 20 years, I realize the difference that I can make in the life of a youth and I think that is one of the most significant contributions that I can make to our society.