Private: 2011 Candidates
PC Candidate for St. John’s East District in the 2011 General Election
Ed Buckingham was born in St. John’s in 1959 and grew up on Monkstown Road, in the heart of St. John’s East. He attended St. Bonaventure’s and Brother Rice High School, and pursued post-secondary studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland where he earned Bachelor of Commerce (1982), Bachelor of Education (1990) and Masters of Education (2000) degrees.
His first foray into politics was in his early twenties when he was elected President of Memorial University’s Council of the Students’ Union (CSU) in 1982. In that year Memorial University presented Ed with the Birks Medal – an honour awarded to the student of the graduating class who has shown most leadership in student affairs during his/her university years.
Ed’s teaching career began at the Brother T.I. Murphy Learning Resource Centre on Water Street, where he was a faculty member for seven years. In 1993 he returned to teach at his alma mater, Brother Rice High School, and remained there when it became a junior high school in 1999. From 2003-2005 he served as Chair of the Brother Rice School Council.
A lifelong Progressive Conservative, Ed has been a steadfast worker for provincial and federal PC associations and candidates for many years. He is a former President of PC MUN, has served as President of the St. John’s East PC District Association, and has been a member of John Ottenheimer’s core campaign team since John’s first run in 1996. He is currently the St. John’s East Area Vice-President of the Provincial PC Association
Actively involved in organizing and coaching numerous sports at the community and school levels for many years, Ed is an executive member of the Newfoundland Amateur Baseball Association and past president of the St. John’s Minor Baseball Association. In 2006 he was the Newfoundland and Labrador nominee for Baseball Canada’s Volunteer of the Year.
Married to Marilyn (nee Chafe) since 1988, and father to two very active children, 16 year old Kieran and 13 year old Darcy, Ed continues to live in the district, on Allandale Road, and teach at Brother Rice Junior High School. He considers himself a ‘St. John’s East boy’ through and through.