Rob Spring was born in 1964, in Shelburne, Nova Scotia to Shirley (Musson) Spring and Bob Spring.
After Rob's father completed his second peacetime tour with the Canadian Navy as a "stoker", achieving the rank of Petty Officer 2nd Class, the family returned to the City of Windsor (where both parents were themselves born) in March of 1966.
Rob was raised in Windsor and Essex County from that point forward. Rob attended several public schools as a youth - the result of being raised by a single mother after his parent's separated in 1971. Rob went on to graduate from Essex District High School in 1982.
Entering the workforce just weeks after graduation, Rob's first full-time job was as an apprentice diesel truck mechanic for a small county trucking firm. Rob has enjoyed the experience of working at several different jobs in various fields throughout his adult life - with a diversity ranging from assembly worker to taxi driver. Rob is currently employed at DaimlerChrysler Canada as an auto assembler, where he has been since 1995.
As a youth, Rob was involved in Boy Scouts of Canada from the time he first became a Cub until the age of Venturers. As a Venturer, Rob also served as a Beaver leader for two years. During his time with Scouts Canada Rob was also selected to represent our area at a Canadian Jamboree in Prince Edward Island and an International Jamboree in Denmark.
To round out his life experiences as a youth, Rob traveled to British Columbia as a percussionist with his high school band, and served two years with the 21st Windsor Service Battalion as a reservist vehicle technician.
Rob's sense of community blossomed after being hired at DaimlerChrysler Canada and becoming an activist within the Canadian Autoworkers Union. After participating in many valuable training opportunities at the CAW's Family Education Centre, Rob developed the confidence and skills to become comfortable in his community activism. Rob's past duties with the CAW include serving as Chairperson of the Local 444 CAW Environment Committee, interim chairperson of the Windsor & District Labour Council Environment Committee and in-plant union environmental representative at the now closed Pillette Road Assembly Plant.
Rob joined the Green Party in 2000, and has worked tirelessly to grow and promote the party since that time. In January of 2004, Rob became the Labour Advocate within the Green Party of Ontario shadow cabinet. Then in April 2004 Rob became the Labour Advocate within the Green Party of Canada shadow cabinet. Rob is committed to being the first Green Party representative elected to Ottawa, and promoting the needs of the citizens of Windsor with all the vigor he is known to show when working on community issues.
Rob has also been an active board member and campaigner for the Citizens Environment Alliance since 1995, and has served on City of Windsor council committees in the past.
Rob married his partner of 15 years in 2001, and they currently live in the downtown Windsor area, where they have been for the past two years. Rob's two adult aged step-sons no longer live at home and are a great source of pride as they are productive members of Windsor's community.
Rob is dedicated to improving the health and quality of life for Windsor's citizens, while protecting our economic prosperity by implementing the types of creative strategies prevalent in Green Party policy.