JOHN CHAPMAN was shot three times in 1956 by Hungarian and
Russian Communists as he fled Hungary to England. Later that year
he came to B.C. as a refugee. That experience has made him very
keen about democracy. "People have died for the right to vote
freely," says John, who lives in Nanaimo with his wife of 40 years.
Yet in B.C., he says, 800,000 people failed to register to vote.
"They're mainly the young and immigrants. Maybe we can pull them
back into the system (through the work of the Assembly)." Born in
Budapest, John says he changed his name in 1974 from a Hungarian
one to "a more friendly-sounding English name." He speaks Italian,
German, French, Spanish, Hungarian "and a little bit of English."
Now retired, John was a financial officer for the B.C. Ministry of
Social Services. He was also a steward with the B.C. Government
Employees Union. Currently he is a member of the Hungarian
Association of B.C. John enjoys chess and gardening and, until
recently, liked to go hunting and fishing. He has three grown
children and three grandchildren