James McKenna is seeking the nomination for District 26. He currently resides in St. Louis, where he has spent the majority of his life. Born in Alberton, James has always been passionate about education and learning. He graduated from UPEI in 1995 with a Bachelor of Arts degree. After having worked locally for a couple of years, James took a Holland College course in computer programming in order to work for the provincial government combating the Y2K issue.
James then spent a year in Seoul, Korea, teaching English as a second language. This experience has led James to believe that people everywhere are essentially the same, despite small cultural differences.
After returning to Canada and earning a Bachelor of Education degree from Memorial University, James has since been an educator at Westisle Composite High School, where he has also coached badminton and theatre. James has always had a commitment to helping the greater community in which he lives. Whether it has been volunteering for local community theatre, helping students collect canned goods during Westisle's annual food drive, or getting dunked in the tank at the local parish picnic, James has never been shy to step up and lend a hand.
As both a father and grandfather, James is concerned about ensuring there is a sustainable future for his descendants and wants future generations to be able to enjoy the peace, beauty, and bounty that Prince Edward Island has to offer for many years to come.
"I believe the Green Party is the best party to protect the environmental interests of islanders while simultaneously providing a strong economy for future growth," said James. "Islanders are ready to embrace an exciting change in politics in which we move to a more collaborative approach to solving our collective issues and I would like to be a part of that historic change."