Statement of Condolence from NDP PEI Leader, Joe Byrne

This morning we woke to the tragic news that Josh Underhay, Green Party candidate in District 9, passed away with his oldest son.

My wife Rosa and I are thinking of his family and loved ones during this difficult time. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Josh was committed to working for positive change in his community and was a passionate and dedicated teacher at Birchwood School in the heart of District 12.

I have known Josh for many years, mostly as a musician and also as a teacher. He was very passionate about civic engagement and he recently invited me to speak to his grade nine class about our party.

His life has touched so many in our community, and he will be deeply missed.

Politics at a time like this seems so trivial and yet here we are at a time when we are mourning the loss of these two wonderful people at the end of a campaign.

Words are so often insufficient to express the depth of sadness when we see the hope and promise of two lives dedicated to transforming our world cut short so suddenly.

So please let us take solace in the relationships around us that give us strength, love and passion for ourselves and for our commitment to make the world a better place.


Joe Byrne

Joe Byrne

Here on PEI, Joe has worked on numerous social programs in rural communities. He has done field work on issues faced by university and college students, has been Director of Youth Ministry, and has also coordinated pastoral planning for the diocese. He remains active in the Latin American Mission Program, and is President of the Cooper Institute, a grass-roots collective for community development. He also counts among his volunteer and community work Charlottetown Abbies soccer, church Youth and Music ministries, Voluntary Resource Council, Peace Vigil Group, Atlantic Council for International Cooperation, Canada World Youth, and Katimavik hosting. He keeps up his interaction with young people as a part-time instructor for the Abegweit Driving School. All of this, he does in addition to his work in the NDP. His vast array of church and community experiences have helped him cultivate his skills in communication, organization, and consensus building, and also brought him the joy of forming hundreds of friendships.

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