Leading by example at work and at play
John Regan, BA '84 - Alumni Award of Distinction Recipient
Written by Kaleigh Rodgers
For John Regan, BA ’84 (History), receiving the Alumni Award of Distinction is a full circle moment. Regan was one of the founding members of the King’s Alumni Association in the 1980s and served as the president of the Board of Directors from 1989-2000. During his tenure with the Alumni Association, he was instrumental in laying the foundation for the Association, including the development of the terms of reference and the Alumni Award of Distinction.
During his time at King’s, Regan became involved on campus as a member of the JMS Careless History Club executive, and was also an active member of the campus social scene. Regan notes that the campus social activities in the 1980s facilitated many close and lasting relationships for himself and others. As an alumnus, he was eager to join the Alumni Association in order to ensure that all graduates would continue to feel connected to the community throughout the years.
Regan has been a teacher with the London District Catholic School Board for over 25 years, during which time he has been recognized as an inspirational teacher, an encouraging coach, an intuitive mentor and a supportive colleague. He began his career teaching at Holy Rosary Catholic Elementary School in London and later joined the teaching team at St. Jude Catholic Elementary School. In 2004, he became a secondary school teacher at St. Joseph’s High School in St. Thomas, Ontario, where he teaches history, religion, and vocal music.
In recent years, Regan was recognized by the Faculty of Education at Western University as the Associate Teacher of the Year. His dedication to his students extends beyond the classroom, as he spends time after hours coaching the football team, as well as directing the choir and assisting with musical productions.
Both athletics and music have long been personal passions for Regan. When he isn’t spending time with his wife and two young children, Regan can be found playing softball with the Canada Men’s Slow Pitch Championship team or lending his fine musical talents to Orchestra London’s Jeans ‘n Classics band.
Regan has been seated at the piano for Jeans ‘n Classics for almost two decades, and has travelled across North America with the group sharing a fusion of classic rock set to orchestral music. With their unique blend of these genres, Jeans ‘n Classics is committed to engaging a younger audience in orchestra culture —a mission which clearly resonates with Regan.
As a proud Londoner, Regan also finds the time to lend his talents to help others in his community. He has performed at many charitable benefit events, including the Grand Gala for the Women’s Community House. Regan has also supported King’s philanthropically through the creation of two academic awards in honor of his grandparents, and his mother.
An ambassador of King’s, leader in the community and mentor to many, Regan embodies the qualities that are recognized in Alumni Award of Distinction recipients. It is a fitting tribute for Regan to be recognized with the award that he helped establish during his many years of service to the King’s community.