Ken is a bus driver, and one of his routes is from downtown Barrie to the Simcoe Alternative Secondary School’s south Barrie campus. Students at this location include parents with young children who attend the Young Parent Program, so many of Ken’s passengers are young parents and their infants or toddlers.
I’ve been driving for 18 years. When I first started I drove a young mom who was about 13 years old. She and I would talk about the program. I think it is a very good program, especially for single moms, so they can continue their education.
Community service has been a large part of Ken’s life. He has been a long-time member of the local Lion’s Club and is currently a member of the Board of Directors. He has also been a Big Brother. This commitment to his community spills over into his professional life. This year, Ken donated a Christmas tree for the students at the ‘alt school’ to decorate, and dressed up as Santa Claus for their school Christmas party. He has also arranged for the school to use the Lion’s Gate Banquet Hall for their commencement ceremony.
I think that people need to give back, especially if they’ve had a successful life. So that’s what I do – give it back. I have fun with it. I could retire, but I have too much fun with the kids.
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