A Night of Celebration and Achievement: Honouring Warden Ed Ketchabaw's Impactful Stewardship in Elgin County

For Immediate Release
November 23, 2023

Central Elgin, ON – Elgin County dignitaries and staff gathered at the 2023 Warden’s Banquet lastFriday, November 17th, to honour Ed Ketchabaw, who served as Elgin’s 2023 Warden. This banquet marked an opportunity to reflect on the successes of Warden Ketchabaw’s stewardship over the past year.

It is evident that Ed Ketchabaw was proud to serve as the Warden in 2023. Warden Ketchabaw’s unwavering dedication, vision for a prosperous future, and commitment to the community made Elgin County an exceptional place to live, work, and play.

“I have come to realize that my true passion lies in serving the community. The trust that the community has placed in me has been truly humbling,” expressed Warden Ed Ketchabaw. “I am inspired by the remarkable feats achieved by Elgin County Council and Staff in the past year, and I have full confidence that Team Elgin will continue to make even more positive strides in the near future. I am grateful for the support of my colleagues and the warm welcome I received during my travels across the county and the region. I appreciate the chance to serve our community in this capacity and remain optimistic about the bright future that lies ahead of us!”

As the end of Warden Ketchabaw’s term in 2023 approaches, it is worth noting the remarkable efforts he made to lead the Council during the year. The following is a condensed list of the many remarkable achievements that he spearheaded throughout the year.

Revolutionizing Safety: Elgin County Unveiled Its First-Ever Roundabout at Elm/CentennialIntersection
Under Warden Ketchabaw’s leadership, Elgin County Council embarked on a major reconstruction project, transforming the Elm Centennial intersection into a much safer option for vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Elgin County’s first-ever roundabout opened in the early summer of 2023.

Community Paramedicine Program Nurtures Seniors’ Well-Being
In early spring, the Community Paramedicine Program was officially launched. Funded entirely by the Province, this program has helped to bring high-quality care to seniors in housing and retirement homes through accessible home-based care.

Terrace Lodge Unveils New Chapter with Minister Calandra’s Visit
A momentous occasion took place with the completion of Phase One of the Terrace Lodge Redevelopment project, which saw the opening of the new two-story addition at Terrace Lodge in Aylmer. This occasion was celebrated with a visit from the Minister of Long-Term Care, Minister Calandra, to help announce this long-awaited redevelopment.

Empowering Progress: A $50,000 Boost for County Website Revitalization
Warden Ketchabaw’s leadership secured $50,000 in funding for the re-development of the County’s website, prioritizing accessibility, cybersecurity, and seamless program integration for all County departments.

On behalf of Elgin County Council and Staff, we extend our heartfelt gratitude to Ed Ketchabaw for his service and devotion throughout this past year.

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For additional information, please contact:

Jenna Fentie
Manager of Administrative Services/Deputy Clerk
(519) 631-1460 x156

Warden Ed Ketchabaw

𝗣𝗶𝗰𝘁𝘂𝗿𝗲𝗱 𝗯𝗲𝗹𝗼𝘄:
𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗢𝗻𝗲: Deputy Warden Grant Jones presenting Warden Ketchabaw and his wife, Sheri Ketchabaw, with a contribution to the Terrace Lodge Comforts of Home Campaign in the Warden’s name
𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝘄𝗼: Dignitaries at the Banquet: MPP Rob Flack, Deputy Warden Grant Jones, MP Karen Vecchio, Warden Ketchabaw, Sheri Ketchabaw, St. Thomas Mayor Joe Preston
𝗣𝗵𝗼𝘁𝗼 𝗧𝗵𝗿𝗲𝗲: Past Elgin County Wardens & Surrounding County Wardens: Back Row: Bernie Wiehle, Dave Mennill, Graham Warwick, Rien VanBrenk, Grant Jones, Alison Warwick (former Middlesex County Warden), Glen McNeil (Huron County Warden) Front Row: Cathy Burghardt-Jesson (Middlesex County), John Wilson, Lynn Acre, Warden Ketchabaw, Tom Marks, D. Van Chute
Notice of Canada Day Office Closure
Victoria Day Closure 2024
Easter Holiday Closure Notice
Family Day Closure Notice
Graphic to indicate holiday closures at Elgin County Facilities. The Elgin County Administration Building, Provincial Offences Administration Building, and Elgin County Heritage Centre will be closed on Friday, December 23rd at noon. Regular business hours will resume on Tuesday, January 2nd, 2024.