I am Eric Southern, a proud father of two young boys. Isaac and Xavier are the most important people in my life and I want to do everything possible to ensure they and their contemporaries have the best opportunity to have their desired success. I think that public education is the key to a successful life and country. I also have 9 nieces and nephews that have gone through, or are going through, the TVDSB school system. I even have a great nephew who will be starting school in the TVDSB in a few years. I am invested in our system and I want our system to succeed universally.
I believe in continuous lifelong learning, part of my journey is that I am a Western University alumni. I have a degree in computer science from the University of Windsor, and a degree in software engineering and a masters in software engineering both from Western. I enjoyed my time as a Teaching Assistant at Western and found that helping those students achieve their potential was a very satisfying part of my masters.
I have been a commissioner on the London Transit Commission for the past 8 years to help set policy and ensure that quality transit has been delivered to our city. Being a member of the Commission has given me the experience to work cooperatively on a board and to understand the rules and procedures of that type of role in our community, both the understanding of what I can change and what I cannot.