Sep 14, 2020 7:00 PM
Ken Burns
The Canada Flag Presentation
Ken Burns attended the University of Guelph, graduating in 1975 with a Specialized Honours Degree in Geography. Following graduation, he returned on a permanent basis to the summer job he had had the year before at the Canadian National Railway Co. as a trainman. He was promoted later to conductor and, in 1979, to locomotive engineer.
 
Ken moved to Hockley that same year. He and wife, Trudy, came to Alliston in 1990, where they have lived for 30 years, and where they raised their five children.
 
Having an interest in the past and its influence on the present, Ken joined the Alliston Historical Society shortly after its formation in the early 1990's and continues as a member of that organization.
 
Since retirement from CN in 2007, Ken has been active in several volunteer positions in the local community and beyond, including 11 years as a Director on the Board of the Stevenson Memorial Hospital Foundation. He held several executive positions and was elected President and Chairman of the Board of Directors in 2010 for two one-year terms. 
 
Ken is currently President of the South Simcoe Arts Council, where this challenging time in our history is necessitating creative solutions to keep the local Arts organization vibrant.
 
His other volunteer interests include the Boards of Directors of the Ontario PC Simcoe-Grey Riding Association and the CPC Electoral District Association for Simcoe-Grey.
 
The Canada Flag Presentation was Ken's personal Canada 150 project and was first presented at the Museum on the Boyne in June of 2017.