Prashaw, Rick

Portrait image of Rick Prashaw

Rick Prashaw is a tested writer and public speaker with an eclectic career and roles in journalism, priesthood, national non-government organization (NGO) leadership and federal politics.

Prashaw has worked for The Vancouver Sun, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Sault Ste. Marie, the national ecumenical Church Council on Justice and Corrections and, most recently, two federal New Democratic Party Members of Parliament.

At the Church Council NGO, advocates for a healing justice after crime, Prashaw served as executive director and co-authored two books: Satisfying Justice (1996), and Community and Personal Safety Churches providing leadership for education and action (1997). He is co-winner of the 1999 national Ron Wiebe Restorative Justice Award, awarded to an individual who models restorative justice principles in the service of justice and peace.

Today Prashaw follows up his professional writing to be his own writer. Soar, Adam, Soar is his story of his son, Adam. He is currently working on a creative non-fiction book, Private Dick Prashaw, D-Day Dodger, A Father-Son Reunion.

Prashaw ran for the NDP in the 2004 federal election in the Ottawa riding of Carleton Mississippi Mills. His three legislative assistant jobs for Members of Parliament include championing campaigns for legislation on poverty elimination (Sault Ste. Marie MP Tony Martin, 2004-2008) and a national dementia strategy (Nickel Belt MP Claude Gravelle, 2011-2015).

Prashaw received a Bachelor of Journalism (Honours) at Carleton University, Ottawa and a Masters of Divinity at the University of Western Ontario. He also studied at San Anselmo College in Rome.

Prashaw is proudest of being Adam’s dad. It has nurtured new advocacy work for transgender rights and organ donation. He lives in Ottawa.