Vernon is currently a District Chief of Operations with the Toronto Fire Services and a graduate of Seneca College’s Fire Fighter & Emergency Services Program. He has received the Governor General's Fire Service Medal, the Ontario Long Service Medal, a Toronto Fire Services Award of Merit, and a Cardiac Save Award. A graduate of Sheridan College's Performing Arts Program, he has a BA in History/Politics from Trent University, is a graduate of Durham College’s Teacher and Trainer of Adults Program, and now studies with Dalhousie University. A volunteer with the DC Alumni Association’s Strategic/Marketing Committee, he has also done fundraisers, marriage preparation workshops, and coached sports teams in Durham Region for over 15 years. Having struggled with academics as a child, Vernon joined the LEADR Board to help others uncover their potential and discover the benefits of ongoing education.