City Councillor / Author / Professional Engineer / Inspirational Speaker, London, ON. Born: Belize.
Harold Usher is a City Councillor, representing Ward 12 in London, Ontario. In 2000, he became the first Black Canadian to be elected to London City Council. His mission: To inspire and empower individuals to better their personal disposition.
Harold worked for Bell Canada for 24 years, during which time he became an Inspirational Speaker, Personnel Development Trainer, and an advocate for human rights and social justice issues, including: equity, race relations, opportunities for the less privileged, quality of life and harmony for all in the community.
Harold is the founder, owner and President of “Adventures in…” Seminars & Speeches, a company that offers high impact HR development workshops to individuals and organizations for learning, leading and performing in the workplace.
A prostate cancer survivor, Harold wrote a book, in collaboration with his renowned Canadian Urologist, Dr. Joseph Chin, entitled, PROSTATE! PROSTATE! PROSTATE! A Problem of Men in which he shares his story, what he learned, and encourages men to get regular prostate examinations, and to take action quickly once diagnosed with prostate cancer.
Harold is a past member of the Jaycees, a quarter-century member of Toastmasters, and has served on the Board of Governors of Fanshawe College, the London Library Board; The Board of Directors of London Multicultural Youth Association; London Diversity and Race Relations Advisory Committee (Chair); The London and District Distress Centre; and The Board of Directors of Toastmasters International. He currently serves on the City of London Community and Protective Services Committee (past Chair); the London Transit Commission (past Chair); the Joint Board of Management of the Lake Huron Primary Water Supply System (past Chair); Council’s Housing Leadership Committee; The Board of Directors of Goodwill Industries, Ontario Great Lakes; Elgin Middlesex, Oxford Workforce Planning and Development Board; and The International Board of Directors of The Consortium for Belizean Development.
Honours: Including the Canada 125th Commemorative Medal; The Distinguished Toastmasters (DTM) Designation from Toastmasters International (three times); the Toastmasters International President’s Citation; the joint Professional Engineers Ontario (PEO) and Ontario Society of Professional Engineers (OSPE) Citizenship Award; The London (Ontario) Black Community Achievement Award; the PRIDE African Canadian Achievement Award for “Excellence in Politics.”
Favourite book? The Bible. Everything I’ve found inspiring in other books were in the Bible first. Moreover, it is the word of God.
Favourite quotes? “People may not always remember what you say or what you do, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”, “You sow a thought and you reap an act. You sow an act and you reap a habit. You sow a habit and you reap a character. You sow a character and you reap a destiny.”, “Lots of people will believe in you – make sure you are one of them.”
Given the chance, what would you love to do that you have not done yet? Write my autobiography.
Who inspires you? Bold, intelligent, sincere, gracious people inspire me. I live by the belief that people don’t care how much we know until they know how much we care. So in matters of style, I swim with the current. In matters of principle, I stand like a rock.
Why do you do what you do? Because I like it. I like serving people. Standing in for them where and when they cannot do so. I like it because I am in a unique position where I can help to inspire, enable and empower individuals to better their personal disposition and help them wo experience a sustainable good quality of life.