Rob Dekker is a baby boomer who grew up in the Toronto area.
Born in Scarborough, he later moved with his family to Mississauga. He attended the Radio Broadcasting Program at Humber College and graduated in 1983. His first job was as an on-air radio announcer for CJCS-AM in Stratford. He moved to Ottawa in 1989 where he had a successful 20 year career with Bell Canada, including 6 years as a Manager.
Rob currently advises on Social Media and Communincations.
Rob is the proud father of two teenage children, Emma and Nicholas, and lives with his partner, Liz Sampson, in Ottawa Centre.
Rob has devoted much of his personal time to improving his community and the lives of others. While living with his family in Barrhaven, he served for two seasons as a volunteer coach for the Barrhaven Children’s Softball League. As a young father, he was a member of the Merivale Co‑Operative Nursery between 1997 to 1999, taking on the role of President in his final year. As a member of the Longfields Davidson Heights Public School Committee, he led the drive for the construction of a new public school in the area – now Adrienne Clarkson Elementary School.
Rob is no stranger to politics. Since 2004, he has been actively involved on teams to support the nomination and election of local candidates and has held a variety of leadership roles in the campaigns of candidates at the municipal, provincial, federal levels. From 2006 to 2008, he served as president of a local federal riding association.
As part of Rob’s commitment to his community, he has been a leader with Kids Help Phone Ottawa Chapter, acting as Chair for the Walk in both 2007 and 2008 and as the Ottawa Chapter Chair for 2009. Under Rob’s leadership, the Kids Help Phone Ottawa Walk enjoyed two years of successive growth, raising close to $200,000 for the organization in 2008. Rob is currently President of the Board of Directors of Daybreak Housing after previously serving as Vice-President and chair of its Communications Committee.
At the municipal level, Rob’s involvement includes membership on the City of Ottawa Roadsand Cycling Advisory Committee which provides advice and guidance to Ottawa City Council and its departments. In addition, he is a member of the Centretown Citizens’ Committee Association and Chairs their Transportation Committee.
In October 2011 Rob, was the PC Party of Ontario Candidate for the Ontario Provincial Election. He finished third with 9,257 votes.