I am John Hodgson, 1st Lieutenant Governor for the next year. I was born in Montreal in 1946, the first of four brothers. When I was five years old, the family moved to Hudson, a small town on the Ottawa River about 40 miles west of Montreal. It was an ideal community in which to raise a family with excellent schooling and a variety of recreational facilities in a country living setting. My parents encouraged me and my brothers to participate in sports. I played and enjoyed virtually every sport imaginable but excelled in none. I was also very active in the Boy Scouts and developed a great appreciation for the outdoors and nature through numerous camping and canoe trips.
I attended McGill University where I obtained a bachelor of commerce degree. I then joined the accounting firm of Price Waterhouse and obtained my CA designation. I transferred to the Halifax office for two years and traveled and worked extensively throughout the Atlantic provinces during that period. After returning to Montreal, I married in 1973 and we subsequently had two boys, Jeffrey in 1977 and Trevor in 1979. Jeffrey is now the father of my two grandchildren, Madelynne and Joshua.
In 1981 we accepted a transfer from Montreal to Calgary. Apart from the initial difficulty of leaving family and friends, it was a move that we did not regret. I remained with Price Waterhouse Coopers in Calgary until my retirement in 2004. Unfortunately, that was also the year that my marriage ended. Fortunately, I later connected with my partner, Laura Young.
My retirement years are flying by far too quickly. I have continued various volunteer activities and taken the opportunity to enjoy more recreational travel. In addition, I am spending more time in curling rinks and on golf courses but without any noticeable improvement in my prowess with those activities.
I was introduced to Gyro as a guest at District VIII’s Curl-a-Rama in Banff. I subsequently joined the Calgary Club in 2000 and served as its president in 2010/11. I now intend to do my best to assist Governor Alan Pentney with his duties and Laura and I look forward to the opportunity of making new Gyro and Gyrette friendships.