Stephen Butcher lives and works in the Sudbury riding. He is married, with two adult children. Derek is a Commercial Pilot, working in Toronto and Allison attends the University of Guelph. His wife of 28 years, Marilyn, is a Nurse Practitioner who works at VON Sudbury.
Stephen is a graduate of the Aerospace Engineering Technology program at Ryerson University and has worked in a variety of fields, including aerospace, mining, Sudbury Neutrino Observatory, and for the past 15 years has owned a local business. Stephen has been a Commercial Pilot for 30 years and currently serves on the executive of Sudbury’s Canadian Owners and Pilots Association.
Stephen has been a community leader for over 25 years, organizing Neighbourhood Watch in Copper Cliff, and was able to mobilize the community to attain the second highest participation rate in Canadian Neighbourhood Watch history. His leadership helped establish a store front police presence in the town of Copper Cliff. He also served as chair of the Copper Cliff Police Advisory Committee and the Sudbury Regional Neighbourhood Watch Steering Committee.
In his election bid for the Mayor of Walden in 1997, his key campaign message of a two tier tax system (one for those with services and one for those without) successfully influenced the future tax rate in the Greater City of Sudbury. Other previous election experience includes running for school board trustee in two previous elections.
Stephen currently serves on the Greater City of Sudbury’s Airport Advisory Panel, a group of citizens who provide expert advice to Sudbury City Council on airport matters. He is a member of the Copper Cliff United Church Council. His previous community volunteer activities include coaching in the Copper Cliff Minor Hockey League for 9 years, being a leader in the Copper Cliff Boy Scouts for 9 years and coaching in the Walden Minor Soccer League. He has been a volunteer at Science North and for many other community activities.
For the past three years, Stephen has donated one day of his business week, every week, to volunteer with children at the North Eastern Ontario Cancer Treatment Centre. On a personal level, Stephen’s determination has been evidenced by his ability to bicycle across Europe and North Africa and more recently, sail across the Atlantic ocean in a 50 foot sail boat, a trip that required two months.