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​​​​​Road safety speaker

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.

John's presentation preference at this time is virtual delivery only.

  • Audience: Suitable for Grade 11 and 12 students
  • Cost: ICBC will sponsor $500 for a one-hour presentation
  • Presentation options
    • ​Pre-recorded streaming video presentation available for a two-week period, followed by a virtual Q&A session
    • Live virtual presentation using your school's platform of choice (i.e. Zoom, MS Teams, Google Classroom)
    • In person

Booking information​

Call 250-514-5143 or email John Westhaver.