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Although quiet and self-effacing, Ken Wilson has always been held in high regard in the community as a businessman, as a citizen, and as a dedicated Rotarian. He was born in Dundalk in 1928 and began his working career in banking. He came to Haliburton in 1962 to manage the Bank of Montreal branch after the former manager, Eric McConnel, was fatally shot in his office. He joined Rotary on December 6, 1962, and remains a member today, attending regularly. He was elected president in 1967-68, and served as club treasurer for 15 years. He received the Fred Jones award in 1981-82 and became a Paul Harris Fellow in 1989. In 1969 he resigned from the Bank of Montreal to create Haliburton Lumber and Enterprises Ltd, building the business, along with partners, until his retirement in 1992. Over the years he has been active in many aspects of community life. He is president of the Haliburton County Development Corporation, treasurer of the Haliburton County Board of Education Scholarship Fund, a charter member of the St. Joseph's Hospital Foundation, and past president of the Haliburton Curling Club. Along with Len Salvatori, he was instrumental in getting Haliburton to enter teams in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association, and he coached a Haliburton Bantam team to their first all-Ontario championship. His hobbies include golfing, fishing, curling, and investing in the stock market. He is married to Dorothy, and they have four children: Paul, John, Deborah and Tracey.