HOK #005 – Kevin Johnston


Meet ?Kevin Johnston.

I’ve lived in this neighbourhood for five years, but I also spent time here when I was younger. My grandfather had a bakery right on Wellington. I have my St. Christopher here – the saint of travellers. I’ve travelled a fair bit. My dad was in the military. He’s a veteran of Second World War and he was stationed all over, including here at Uplands. He was a great athlete. He was a runner, and played old timers hockey in Ottawa until he was 80! I also lived in New York for a while to train as a marathon runner. In 1986 I was 77th in the 10th Chicago Marathon: 2h 32 minutes. It’s in the records – you can check! [Ed: We did – it’s there!] I don’t run now, I just had an eye removed from glaucoma, but you gotta get right back on the bike. I tried that, fell right off, but I’ll get on again. Today I’m going to the food bank to volunteer. You gotta help people. When I was a kid my mom took in people from everywhere. We always had someone from somewhere around the world in our house. We used to know everyone in the neighbourhood. Now, we don’t know our neighbours. People are afraid I think. So I like to talk to people. Collected by Kate Settle.

Humans of Kitchissippi is a special street photography project designed to introduce readers to some of the people who live, work, and play in Kitchissippi. Each instalment of HOK contains three elements: a photo, a name, and a quote from the subject that reveals a little bit about who they are. View our growing collection of humans right here.

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