John Shires is as Edmontonian as they come—born, raised, and still a devoted citizen of our city’s community. He began his career working in Parks & Recreation with the City, then moved on to a position as Director of Communications for Forestry and Wildlife for the Province of Alberta.
One of his most prominent duties was facilitating public consultation in environmental decision making. Development of the land at the time was fast and vast, and the social impacts on people and communities of dams, hydroelectric lines, oil sands and power lines was significant. Though it could be controversial at times, John lived for the wins, as well as the losses, and relished in rewarding work.
Retirement may have seen John leave the 9-5, but has not lulled his penchant for community engagement. He is a volunteer and current member of his community league and has spent much time canvasing for the Heart & Stroke Foundation. He also enjoys time with his grandchildren, who live in various locales across North America.
John first brought his yellow Volvo 245 wagon to Sandy Lane in the late 1970s.
“The friendships. They have always been a great business to be associated with, and it’s a tremendous experience to walk in and be greeted by your first name and smiling faces. They ensure their quality control comes first, and that is why they have been so successful.
A recent experience comes to mind when I had my motorhome in for servicing at an RV place. The company had parked it illegally and it “went missing.” In a panic, I called Sandy Lane to get some advice. They gave me info on where to go, and how to get my vehicle out of the impound lot. They stayed on the phone with me, told me who to call, where to go. Otherwise I would have been in deep trouble. ”
“We like to stick close to home. Sawmill and Fargos have good menus, and they are in walking and biking distance. ”
“I was a runner in my younger years, but now, it’s golf and skating and keeping fit in my home studio. I read lots of adventure and government espionage books. ”
“What I appreciate most about Edmonton is its location. We are susceptible to some weather extremes, yes, but in comparison to other places in North America, our city is one of the safest geographical communities to live in. ”
Thanks for all your years of loyalty to Sandy Lane, John!