Josh Underhay is a teacher at Birchwood Intermediate School in Charlottetown PEI. For over twelve years he has taught in PEI’s English and French school boards, in the United Kingdom, in the Czech Republic, and in China. His perspectives on education have been gained from his Bachelor of Music Education from UPEI (2006) and working with three to sixteen-year-olds in a variety of curricula. In addition to teaching French Immersion Language Arts and Social Studies, he volunteers his time to direct the school’s Glee Club and co-direct the Jazz Band.
A strong supporter of culture and the arts, Josh has played trumpet for over twenty years and has performed with many artists and ensembles. In 2016 he performed at the ECMAs with the Count and the Cuban Cocktail and has been featured as a guest at the Winterjazz series at the Pourhouse and at the Saturday Blues Matinee. He currently plays with The Sidewalks.
Josh has a keen interest in languages and speaks English, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, and Czech. His studies of languages throughout his travels have informed his perspective both culturally and as a language teacher. He has chosen to speak French to his children to give them the gift of bilingualism.
Josh cares deeply about the long-term well-being of his community and the world. Recently, he has been successful in lobbying for cycling and mixed-use infrastructure in the greater Charlottetown region. He has worked across party lines and with representatives of all three levels of government to promote active transportation as an alternative to the automobile. He cycles to work year-round and bikes his two boys to daycare and school in the spring and fall.
Josh has been active in his community to support progressive causes and fight injustice. He has recently served on Provincial Council of the Green Party of PEI as the representative for Queens County and for Charlottetown. He volunteered on Hannah Bell’s winning campaign in the November 2017 byelection. He has written letters in English and French and published videos in Mandarin to promote Proportional Representation in PEI’s 2016 plebiscite. He has stood up and protested injustice and racism at numerous rallies and works to promote diversity in his community, in the Green Party, with his students, and with his own children. Josh makes his home in East Royalty with his wife Karri and their two children.
"If I am elected, I will dedicate myself to serving Islanders. I will listen, I will follow the evidence, and balance the freedom of the individual with the need to work as a community and care for one another. I will oppose corruption and seek to free politics from the undue influence of the powerful. I will combat climate change and environmental degradation. I will engage with others respectfully and work within and across party lines to improve the well-being of all Islanders. I will stand up for the rights of women, of Indigenous Canadians, and Canadians of colour. I will work for a diverse and tolerant society that respects the dignity of the person and the rights of everyone."
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