Dr. John's Personal Page
You grew up fast and had to be hardy, in the 1930's in north eastern Saskatchewan. Johnny, as his parents and siblings called him, was the youngest of seven children, born at the beginning of the great
depression of the 30's and raised until age 12 on this primitive Canadian farm.
A team of oxen and a primitive
Johnny (Dr. John), age twelve on the family farm
plow were used to till the soil, to grow crops and a large garden. A well, dug by hand with a shovel and pick thirty feet into the ground, provided water. A wood burning stove and heater was used for heating and cooking, coal oil lamps for lighting, and an out house in the bush for a toilet. There was no electricity, no running water, or indoor plumbing, no phone or radio, and this was over two decades before television was even invented. There were a few cows for milk and butter, a small flock of chickens for eggs and meat, and a rifle to shoot prairie chickens, rabbits, and deer, for food.
You might say this was roughing it big time, but you see when you don't know any different...it was home, where everyone shared with love.
There was no school or teacher available until Johnny was nine years old, but mother Bright did what she could, with her grade five education. Father Bright, although uneducated, taught the children how to plant and care for the garden.
At age nine, Johnny started school. The school consisted of a small log building with just one room housing forty students from grades one through eight, all being taught by one teacher. By age twelve he had been dragged through six grades, with a succession of seventeen different teachers. The teachers would stick it out for an average of two months each.
At age twelve, he was the only child left at home, and when his parents were given a gift of train tickets to B. C. to visit relatives, he was left to tend the farm over the summer holidays. His sister, then a school teacher, kept him company, and when they received a letter stating his parents were not coming back, she put him on a train to travel to B. C. on his own.
The culture shock was enormous, with the big city life of Vancouver, with large schools and only one teacher per grade. Johnny was obligated to drop out of school in grade ten, at age sixteen, to help support his then unemployed father. Working full time, he continued his education at night school.
He trained to be a carpenter and cabinet maker, and by age thirty-two he bought into a factory. One year later, he bought out his partner and operated the factory for the next decade. He sold the factory and operated a construction business for the next two decades, selling out and retiring at the age of sixty.
In 1991, Dr. John began his Spiritual journey, graduating a six year R.S.I college course, in 1997. He graduated from the University of Metaphysics as an ordained minister, receiving his Master's degree in 2000, and his Doctorate in 2002. He also obtained a degree in Life Coaching and Spiritual Psychology. He founded the Centre for Awakening Spiritual Growth, in 1999, and changed the name to Canadian International Metaphysical Ministry, in 2005.
Dr. John married his wife, Iris, in 1951, and celebrated their 60th anniversary on May 4, 2011, just prior to Iris's passing, on May 23rd. They have three children, four grandchildren, and three great grandsons.