In November of 2016. The people of Miramichi elected and voted for the youngest mayor in our city; Adam Lordon. While you are able to find hundreds of articles and briefings on his political standings and his agendas. I notice there wasn’t much on the man himself. Who he is and what he enjoys in life and the passion and energy he carries not only for himself but for our community here in Miramichi.
On August 19th, 2017. I had the chance to sit down with Adam at Creative Grounds Cafe, A small local coffee shop that loudly voices creativity in our community. Once the coffee was ordered and introductions were made, I began to ask Adam who he was and what his passions were for this city.
Adam Lordon was born on August 2nd 1984. He is a local grown boy, who grew up on the Gordon road in Miramichi. A former student of James M Hill High school and raised by his single mother Nancy Lordon. As a youth, He spoke fondly of riding his bike with his friends and playing road hockey with the neighborhood children.
In High school, Adam was very involved in student council, drama and different clubs. He spoke briefly about his time playing hockey in high school.
Adam: “I think I knew at a very young age, that I had no illusions that I was going to the NHL but I stuck playing hockey at semi competitively level though high school mostly for the comradery with friends and my mom was a die-hard hockey mom! You enjoy the road trips and stuff and when we were younger, hockey was all that we had back then!.”
After high school. Adam took charge of his life and he was accepted to Saint Mary’s University in Halifax Nova Scotia. He earned a degree in business and majored in Marketing and ended up spreading the four-year degree over five years while working two jobs during those years to be able to afford for his education. While at university he was actively involved with his school, by not only being an event coordinator with the student union but also being a resident assistant for a few years.
Adam informed me about his uneasiness about leaving Miramichi for University in Halifax Nova Scotia, He was very nervous at first. Coming from a smaller city into a diverse area like Nova Scotia can be shocking to anyone at such a young age but as he started getting comfortable in Nova Scotia, he bravely made his way to Toronto to experience life in a bigger way.
Adam: ” I went to Halifax relativity sheltered I guess, we didn’t travel much as a kid, only during summer I guess but I hadn’t really left the maritime until I was 17-18 years old. Going from Miramichi to Halifax was quite a big change. The first year of university, I hardly left campus and while Saint Mary’s is a small campus, you eventually spread your wings. After being in Nova Scotia for five years, I went to Toronto, and Halifax didn’t feel so big anymore. Toronto felt so incredibly, infinitely large when I first got there but over time it became a community and I loved it!
University and College is an amazing time in a person’s life. Not only is your mind open to new ideas and suggestions but also you get to meet like-minded individuals who share a common interest. I asked Adam what he loved about his time during university.
Adam: “University was just an incredible experience and opens your mind, you get to experience different people, cultures and different view points and different ideas. When you’re exposed to diversity, it’s stimulating and being fascinated with people and cultural backgrounds. It was simply great to meet new people and have some fun.”
When first arriving in Toronto, Adam arrived with a business degree in hand and drifted from job to job but it wasn’t until he realized that being in the heart of Toronto, he could live his dream job of working in Media and Television.
Adam: “Living in Miramichi, My dream was to always work in Media or on Television but it didn’t feel tangible, but as soon as I got to Toronto and realized that I could work in media, I applied for a post-graduate course at Humber College in television writing and producing and I got in and then I had to decided if I was going to go or not and I just finished my degree and I had a pretty good job by the standards that it paid well but I didn’t love it and I thought it was one of those moments, one of those decision moments in life where you ask yourself, If i don’t do this, I will wonder for the rest of my life..What if? and I didn’t want that regret. I knew that I needed and wanted to try that out. It was an obvious right choice”
After studying at Humber College in Toronto, Adam Lordon interned at MTV Canada and got his first job at “So You Think You Can Dance Canada” As a driver. He began to tell me in a humorous way that his primary job was to drive around dancers in a Mini-Van. After a shared laugh, Adam went on to explain how the entertainment industry works.
Adam: It’s one of those industries where you start at the bottom and work your way up and you have to prove yourself and work hard.”
From driving dancers in a mini-van, Adam worked his way through the industry as a Production Coordinator. Production Assistant. Audience Coordinator then over to the creative side of the network. Adam went onto explain that it took two to three years of proving his self-worth to the media industry before moving over to the Marilyn Dennis Show for the next 5 years.
Adam: “When I moved into the Marilyn Dennis show, is where I spent five years inside the network on C.T.V and that’s where I really moved up quickly because it was a new show and like a start-up business, you’re really trying to figure out what works, who works, where do they work. I was fortunate at that show because there was so much turnover because it wasn’t right for them. I was able to move from coordinating and the logistics parts of the show into more of the creative side to produce and direct and I was good at it and they kept giving me more. So I moved up there pretty quickly. It was an amazing experience.
The Marilyn Dennis show is a mix of lifestyle and entertainment segments featuring experts and celebrity guests. Being unfamiliar with the Marilyn Dennis show, I asked Adam what it was and what he loved about working on a national network show.
Adam: ” The show is a lifestyle show and it crosses over a lot of different subject areas! food segments, home improvement and decor, fashion, gardening and outdoors, adventures, health and if your only working on one of these areas it can be repetitive but because there was such a broad subject matter I was able to work in a different areas and was able to work with many different people like Mike Holmes for home improvements.
Despite meeting and working with a lot of celebrity people, Adam strongly remembers the people that he met from day-to-day during his time on the Marilyn Dennis show. I asked Adam what segments he was apart of during those five years on a National Network show.
Adam: “A lot of what I did was home make overs and yard make overs. All the people that we chose for stories and make overs really had their own story to tell. We were always choosing people who were in need of help. If we could help someone, that’s the goal.
Adam shared one of his greatest moment that he fondly remembers while working on the Marilyn Dennis show.
Adam: ” We did a Christmas special for the network where a 4-year-old boy survived leukemia and he had been going to the hospital over the previous Christmas doing treatments. So we surprised him and turned his entire house into the North Pole! We had real reindeer in his driveway and the Hamilton Tiger Cats were the elves and there was thousands of lights on the house. That! is the ultimate most fulfilling experience. Making this incredible memory for this 4 year old boy with cancer and his family will forever be one of the highlights of my career!
After Adam shared his story and wiped a tear from his eye, I could tell that this was a man filled with humanity and compassion. A man who sees the world in a lighter light.
After some small talk about Modern-Typewriter. We moved onto his life outside of being a producer/director and the Mayor of Miramichi. While down time and moments of relaxation does not come often to his busy life, Adam shared his hobbies and interest outside of work.
Adam: ” The rare moments that I actually have downtime, I enjoy cooking, I really do! but also I just love being outside, I love to go hiking and going to the beach, just relaxing and hanging out with the amazing friends I have made.”
Earlier in the article, I mentioned that Adam didn’t travel much during his youth, but fortunately by working hard and being determined, he was able to travel and experience the world through the Marilyn Dennis show but ultimately he credits one person for his sense of travel; His mom.
Adam: I have to give credit to my mom for this! When I was in High School, they had this thing called travel club and Mr.Cameron was the teacher adviser, and a lot of my friends were going and I remember Mom felt it was really important to go on this trip and to get a sense of the world out there. So between grade 11 and 12 we went to southern Europe and we did Spain, southern France and Italy.
Adam went back to Europe years later with colleagues from university and explored even more from London England to Ireland making his way to Sweden Denmark, Germany Berlin and finished his trip at Oktoberfest.
As we sat in that coffee shop talking about life and personal achievements, I noticed throughout the conversation Adam talked a lot about a certain individual who has a close place in his heart; His mom. Nancy Lordon.
Adam:It’s no question that my mom represents to me the definition of selflessness. Putting other people first and I will never be as good as it as her, she will always be the role model that I inspire to be. If I can be as half as compassionate as my mom then I know that I would be in a good place. Shes my hero. I take all my cues from her.
Nancy Lordon was an executive assistant in the administration department at the Miramichi Regional Hospital. She also sat on Miramichi City Council and was the first female deputy mayor in Miramichi.
In the summer of 2014, Adam’s world was shaken when his mother was diagnosed with terminal cancer and in the fall of 2014, she had passed away from her battles with cancer.
With a Nancy Lordon council seat vacant, Adam stood up and campaigned to take over his mothers position on city council, to not only honor her name but to finish what she had begun. Adam Lordon won in a by-election from 2015 to 2016 then ran again in 2016 for city council and won with the most votes to become the deputy mayor. He ran in 2016 for the position of Mayor of Miramichi and won with the most votes.
In a span of 18 months, Adam Lordons life had changed from one extreme to another and while many would find this hard to believe, Adam focuses all his energy and passion into not only living life to the fullest but also lending a helping hand in creating and developing a greater Miramichi each and every day.
I asked Adam what his favorite memory of his mother was and as I watched Adam take a deep breath and really ponder the question that I had asked. I could tell right away that his mind was filled with pleasant memories of his mother and I was grateful and lucky enough to hear what his greatest memory of his mom was.
Adam: There are so many but… When I was in Toronto and my mom came to visit me, it was the first time she ever came. I took her out for a 5 hour walk through Toronto and she was a good sport about it and being myself, I expanded her mind. My life allowed her to broaden her horizon, She came to Toronto, she came to a taping of the Marilyn Show and got her picture with Marilyn. And when Marilyn Dennis was telling my mom how much she loves me and how much she appreciates me, I knew that was a great moment for my mom.
Adam shared a fond memory which he truly believes is one of his mother’s greatest achievements.
Adam: “The other moment was when she had won her first election with the most votes to become deputy mayor and that was the happiest I have ever saw my mom! It was a moment, and I believe the only moment in her life that was actually about her and that’s why I loved it so much, It couldn’t be about anyone else but her!”
As we finished our coffees and were about to part ways, I asked Adam what his vision of Miramichi is and I’m going to end the article with his quote because I believe that together as a community, we can easily achieve this dream to turn it into an actual reality.
Adam Lordon: “I think we need to be the best version of ourselves. We have to be authentic, we have to be who we are. we have to take the best of us and always carry that with us but also we need to grow, evolve and change. My vision for Miramichi is a thriving beautiful waterfront city. We are artistically vibrant, we are culturally vibrant. Miramichi is built around small businesses and entrepreneurs and also tourism. We accept everybody, its foundational. Being apart of an open and inclusive community, we have to embrace all cultures, all backgrounds, all religions. The progress we have made for the past two years as a community has been phenomenal! When you move here, you are a Miramichier!
I would like to thank Adam Lordon for taking the time out of his busy schedule and for showing interest in such a small thing like Modern Typewriter. I believe our city is in good hands and I know the good-hearted people of Miramichi believes that as well.