A great life outlook by a committed politician and broadcaster
I must admit that this Good Teaching is L.I.F.E reflection is quite near and dear to my heart as Kieran Mackenzie and I have been close friends for over 20 years. We were room mates in university and have stayed in touch over the years. Although we don't see each other that often, it's always a special experience when we do reunite. I have always tried to surround myself with friends who inspire me and who take initiative in their lives to be the best that they can. It is through these connections that I grow as a person and an educator.
Kieran has always reached for the stars and continues to do so in his personal and professional life and it is for this very reason that I asked him to do a Good Teaching is L.I.F.E reflection for my website. Educators can benefit from what Kieran has to say. He recently ran for a council position in elections held back in our home city, Windsor, Ontario. Regardless of win or loss in the election, he made a commitment to me that when it was over, he would get me his reflection. I received it yesterday and wanted to get it up on my website straight away. I'd like to thank Kieran taking the time and energy to write up his valuable thoughts. And now, for his L.I.F.E reflection......
A Bit About Kieran
Kieran is a lifelong resident of Windsor-Essex County and is the proud husband of Jessie McKenzie and “Dada” to Liv McKenzie.
Kieran grew up on Windsor’s east side, and spent his summers playing Riverside baseball and winters at the YMCA as a member of the Windsor Y Dolphins Competitive Swim team. He attended école élémentaire Georges P. Vanier and école secondaire l’Essor which afforded him the opportunity to become fluent in both of our official languages—French and English
Kieran continued his studies at the University of Windsor where he earned an Honours degree in Political Science with a minor in History. Additionally Kieran has successfully completed the requirements and holds both his Firefighter I and level II certification.
Community engagement was a way of life growing up in the McKenzie household with both his mother Lorraine and father Lawrence active with several organizations dedicated to improving our community—growing up Kieran participated in this work and remains engaged to this very day...in facthe’s built a career out of this engagement.
Currently Kieran works in the office of Brian Masse M.P. and holds the position of Constituency/Legislative Assistant. His nearly 10 years of experience in Brian’s office has afforded him the opportunity to work on a wide array of issues obtaining results for individuals and the community more broadly.
This experience has given him the skills to cut through government red tape, bring together stakeholders to move issues forward and generally serve the community.
In addition Kieran is the creator, producer and co-host of an award winning radio program on CJAM 99.1 fm called Rose City Politics. This one hour weekly panel discussion show is completely unique in the Windsor media landscape and is dedicated to examining the issues impacting Windsor-Essex. The show deliberately assembles a panel of local political pundits whose views and orientations cross the political spectrum. The discussion is typically lively and informative.
His broadcast work extends into the sports world—Kieran has spent the last 2 season calling the play-by-play action for the University of Windsor Lancers football team on TV Cogeco. Over the last number of years Kieran has also done Lancer play-by-play for both the Men’s and Women’s basketball teams as well as Men’s Hockey on live web and radio broadcasts.
Kieran also works with Pathway to Potential an organization dedicated to raising awareness around poverty issues in our community and has specifically served on its Income Working Group and is a Board Member of Big Brothers Big Sisters Windsor-Essex. He continues to serve on a variety of volunteer committees focused on community building and development.
As well for the last 15 years Kieran has been a basketball official and referees athletes of all ages up to the collegiate level.
Kieran's L.I.F.E Reflection
KAUST Faculty, Pedagogical Coach. Presenter & Workshop Leader.IB Educator. #RunYourLife podcast host.