As a proud educator for more than 35 years, Jeff Kawzenuk has worked throughout Northumberland County as a teacher and as a principal. Before retiring in July of 2020, he worked at high schools across the Northumberland— Peterborough South riding including Cobourg Collegiate Institute, Brookside Youth Centre, East Northumberland Secondary School, CDCI West, Port Hope High School and CDCI East.
Jeff is a community builder who has demonstrated his commitment to families throughout the riding by coaching thousands of young athletes, fundraising for numerous causes and championing a more inclusive society. He has been a tireless supporter of those in need both locally and around the globe.
Jeff co-founded the Journey of Hope and since 2008, accompanied hundreds of students to Africa and helped raise more than $250,000 towards numerous projects. Jeff is a dedicated volunteer and leader for many causes and organizations. He was the Founder and Director of the June Leadership Program at the Ontario Educational Leadership Centre and the Founder of the Kawartha Wrestling Club.
He led the fundraising and implementation of the ENSS Community Track and 2 Sports Field and has actively supported local food banks. Twice a month, for twenty years, Jeff filled his truck with food from the Kawartha Food Share in Peterborough and supplemented breakfast programs at local schools.
The Kawzenuks have lived in Colborne for over 36 years. Jeff and Maureen are the proud parents of Jesse, Jaime and Jenna, all graduates of local high schools and Ontario universities. Jeff is a part-time landscaper, an avid downhill skier, and a sports enthusiast who loves spending time with his cherished family and friends.
"I just heard that Jeff Kawzenuk is running as the Ontario Liberal Candidate in Northumberland Peterborough South. Best news I’ve heard in a long time. I hope the riding knows how lucky they are to have such an honest, experienced candidate who will lead with integrity. As a long term manager of the Ontario Elections Office here in Oshawa, I know a little bit about the qualities of a great candidate, trust me, he has them all. My grandmother, Florence Craddock was the founder of the Ontario Women’s Liberal Association in Hamilton and I know she would have been thrilled that we are finally getting candidates who put honesty, hard work, experience and integrity first on their resumes. Go Jeff!"
"I am thrilled to support Jeff Kawzenuk in his pursuit to represent Northumberland-Peterborough South for the Liberal Party, as his values and compassion have always been displayed through his actions to better his community. These actions included contributing countless hours into the school community through coaching. As an elite athlete, I know firsthand the impact a caring coach can have. The Olympics were something I only daydreamed of, but a committed high school coach impacted me in ways that are now becoming obvious to me, almost 10 years later. Jeff and my old coach have something very similar in common, and that is the belief that ‘it takes a village to raise a child’. Coaches at the high school level are selfless, they do it because they are invested in the community and they take the opportunity to create environments that encourage work ethic, teamwork, commitment, and fun. Thousands of the children in the community benefited from Jeff’s desire to create an environment for them to grow and develop, and the community always benefits from an investment into children’s futures. I believe that Jeff Kawzenuk would do an incredible job if elected. He knows the community, as he has helped raise generations of it. There is no one better suited to represent you, and I implore you all to cast your ballots for Jeff."
"It is with unmitigated enthusiasm that I extend my support for Jeff Kawzenuk to represent you at Queen's Park. I have known Jeff and his family for over 40 years, his allegiance to the human family and society as a whole is second to none. Jeff comes from a working class family. He has deep roots in the community, your issues and concerns are Jeff's issues and concerns.
I witnessed first hand as the Conservative Government sat idly by and watched thousands of manufacturing jobs leave our province without so much as a whimper. We would have been better served having a Jeff Kawzenuk and his ardent compassion standing up for us.
Your family, friends and neighbours deserve to have someone of Jeff's intestinal fortitude representing your interests in the Ontario Legislature."
"I was recently informed that Jeff Kawzenuk is running for the position of the Ontario Liberal Candidate in Northumberland Peterborough, South. Apart from his professional accomplishments and years of public service in the field of education, I feel confident in commenting on his character. I have been a classroom teacher for 32 years with the Durham Catholic District School Board and I've known Jeff for thirty years.
The first words I think of when I think of Jeff are determination and integrity. I know Jeff as a caring father who would spend countless hours constructing an outdoor rink for his family and friends or setting up a zip line for the neighbourhood to enjoy. He then used his knowledge of construction to venture on many trips building houses for those less fortunate in Africa while raising money here in Canada to support the cause. This is the type of politician that I believe can truly inspire unity in these divisive times."