The Municipality of Merrickville-Wolford presented Ken Janes with a special award at the council meeting last Monday for his service to the Community.
For the past 25 years, Ken sat as a member of the Planning Advisory Committee, which is responsible for the zoning of properties in the Municipality, and the Committee of Adjustment, which looks at granting minor variances on site plan requirements.
“He sat as the chairperson of the committees for a number of years and he’s done an excellent job,” says Mayor David Nash. “We’re recognizing his long term commitment to the Municipality.”
Ken resigned from his position on the two committees last week because he and his wife are moving to Bath, Ontario, to be closer to family. “It’s a new adventure,” he says.
Being involved in his community has always been important for Ken. He moved to Merrickville-Wolford in 1988 and, after a couple years, he considered running for council, but decided it was too much of a commitment with a young family and full time job. “I still wanted to do something for my community,” he says. “I was fortunate enough to be accepted [onto the two committees] and I’ve been there ever since.” Ken’s community involvement did not end with the municipality’s committees. He was also an active member of the Merrickville United Church, sitting on two committees there too, and singing in the choir. “It’s been a lot of fun,” he says.