Hi, my name is Jeff Hurst. I was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario, Canada. At age 19, I headed out west and worked for a winter at the Banff Springs Hotel, and spent the summer fighting forest fires in the Okanagan Valley. I then moved to Victoria B.C., working in a fish plant before getting a full time job as a bartender/waiter at a five-star restaurant.
After three years at the restaurant, I bought a round-the-world plane ticket and spent the next year traveling and working in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Europe.
On the last leg of my trip, I vowed to be in college or on the road once more within a year. Three years later I graduated from Centennial College and received and offer of employment at the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal. I spent three years working at the daily newspaper in Thunder Bay before the travel bug hit once again. I bought another round-the-world plane ticket, this time going to New Zealand, Australia, Hong Kong, Thailand and India.
Upon my return, I was hired at the Sarnia Observer for two years, followed by the Uxbridge Times Journal for three year and then the Oshawa Times for two years. Following the closure of the Oshawa Times, I was hired at the Cambridge Times where I was editor for 18 years.
My wife Angela, who was born and raised in Cobourg - one hour east of Toronto - wanted to be closer to home. So I quit my job and moved to Cobourg in March 2013. Since retiring, I started Coffee's On, a coffee supply company for local businesses. I also freelance and have edited three books in the last six months. But for now, everything is part-time and do what I want to do, rather than what I have to do.
I love living in Cobourg and have quickly embraced the community. I'm a member of the Cobourg Rotary and Cobourg Legion, and volunteer at Cobourg Police Services. I also joined the Cobourg Yacht Club and Shelter Valley Golf Club. I volunteer at St. Joseph's Community Garden, where we finished building a log tool shed for all members to enjoy.