Born and raised in Port Elgin, Jeffrey Preston, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor of Disability studies at King’s University College @ Western University in London, Ontario.
A long-time advocate and motivational speaker, Jeff started fundraising for Muscular Dystrophy research when he was 3 years old (at a beach volleyball tournament in Port Elgin) and was later a 2-time Ontario poster child and the first national campaign assistant for Muscular Dystrophy Canada. His annual golf tournament, the Jeff Preston Celebrity Golf Tournament, ran for over 20 years and raised over $1.4 million for MD research.
Jeff has previously served as vice-chair for Easter Seals Ontario, member of the Accessibility Standards Advisory Committee for the Ministry of Community and Social Services, board chair of Defeat Duchenne Canada, two-term member of the Committee of Adjustments at London City Hall, and vice-chair of the leadership table of the London For All anti-poverty initiative organized by the City of London and the United Way of Elgin Middlesex.
Jeff’s first book, The Fantasy of Disability, was just published internationally 2016 and reissued in paperback by Routledge in 2018.