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John Westhaver




Topics: impaired driving, speed, seatbelt safety, distracted driving, choices and consequences


John Westhaver was a typical high school student, full of life and fun-loving. With only a month and a half left of high school, John was in a crash with three friends. Due to speeding and driver inexperience, the driver lost control of the car John and his friends were travelling in. John was lucky, he escaped; his three friends did not. He sustained burns to 75 per cent of his body and broken bones. He spent several months in and out of the Saint John Regional Burn Unit as they repaired the damage caused by the life-threatening fire.

John is a true testament to what it is to not only survive a fatal car crash, but to thrive. He has been speaking at schools across Canada and the U.S. for more than 15 years. Students from Nova Scotia to British Columbia to Connecticut have been inspired by John's positive message on choices and how they can have lasting consequences.

John is passionate about giving back and making a difference. He works with other burn survivors and volunteers with the Firefighters Burn Fund in Victoria, B.C., their Burn Survivor Support Group as well as the Canadian Burn Survivor Community.

John is a decorated speaker with two prestigious awards he earned from the work he does. In 2012, he received the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. In 2017, he received the Coast Mental Health - Courage to Come Back Award in the Physical Rehabilitation category.

  • Audience: Suitable for Grade 11 and 12 students
  • Cost: ICBC will sponsor $500 for a one-hour online Q&A with the speaker
  • Presentation: Pre-recorded streaming video presentation will be available for two weeks
  • Requirements: Host the online Q&A via Zoom, MS-Teams, Google Classroom, or other online meeting app between the speaker and your students​​

Booking information​

Call 250-514-5143 or email John Westhaver.