Self-made businessman John Schnurr, now retired, said he’ll focus on attracting investment into the community and retaining youth if he’s successful in his bid for mayor of South Bruce Peninsula.
“I’ve been in business all my life,” Schnurr said in an interview.
At 16, Schnurr said he left home and worked as a cook. Being from a large, poor family, formal education was beyond his reach, so Schnurr educated himself by reading books “every spare moment I had.”
Schnurr turned that knowledge into a variety of entrepreneurial pursuits, including becoming “the first paralegal in Ontario,” becoming a mortgage broker who grew a business to five offices with 27 employees which he then sold, building the first telehealth network for the Manitoba government, and providing telecommunications to 34 countries in North and South America.
Born and raised in Walkerton, this is Schnurr’s first run for a seat on municipal council.