About Nigel Gordijk

Community Communicator

For more than three and a half decades, Nigel was a creative professional, working at graphic design consultancies in the U.K. before founding his own one-man design business, which he ran for 20 years. With a career that started in England and continued in Canada (Waterloo Region), he has a background in graphic design, photography , videography and journalism. His clients included the Terry Fox Foundation, Supportive Housing of Waterloo, Family & Children's Services of Waterloo Region, Interfaith Counseling Centre, and renowned local researcher and author Peggy Plet.

Nigel was a contributing writer for the New Hamburg Independent, and he was one of the founding journalists at The Wilmot Post (which later became The Wilmot-Tavistock Gazette). He has also written for The Community Edition. His journalism work involved researching and writing articles about local people whose stories were often overlooked or misrepresented.

His work - both paid and pro bono - reflects his personal values, and he believes in using his skills and experience for community-focused public service.

Since he immigrated in 2007, Nigel has been an active community volunteer, including organizing the Wilmot Terry Fox Run with his wife, Cheryl. The couple raised over $260,000 during their 10 years of leadership. They are now members of the Waterloo Terry Fox Run committee.

Nigel has been interested and involved in local politics since he arrived in the region, and he was honoured to join the office of Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife as a Constituency Assistant in June 2024.

Waterloo MPP Catherine Fife with Nigel Gordijk

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"Nigel played an instrumental role in re-designing SHOW's website, demonstrating an impressive blend of creativity and technical ability. Nigel's expertise has greatly enhanced our online presence, and helped in more effectively communicating our mission to a wider audience."

"Additionally, Nigel has been an incredible volunteer at our Coldest Night of the Year event. His enthusiasm and tireless efforts have contributed greatly to the success of the event, which plays a crucial role in raising funds and awareness for those experiencing homelessness in our community."

"Nigel is professional, enthusiastic and has a genuine passion for making a difference in the lives of the others - he cares about the community and we are very lucky to have his support."

Brian Paul, Supportive Housing Of Waterloo, Executive Director