Mayor Ken Lamming
My wife, Liz and I, came to Prince in 1977. We raised our two children, Christine and John here and our granddaughter, Ally, spends a great deal of time in Prince with her grandmother and me.
My roots to Prince go deeper. My mother, Violet Burch was born and raised in Prince Township. Hers was one of the first families to settle in Prince, over 100 years ago. My father was born and raised nearby in Korah Township.
While raising my family, I worked at Algoma Steel for 30 years and with Millwright Construction for another eight years as an industrial mechanic and millwright.
My political career started as a Councillor in 1981 and served for two years. I returned to council in 1986 until December 1991, serving as Reeve the last 3 years. I then returned to Council in 2004 and have retained my seat until present, serving as Reeve since December 2010. This title was changed to Mayor by Council in 2015.
In 1988 I joined forces with others in the community to help build the Prince Township Volunteer Fire Department. I spent 18 years on the force. The last two years of my service was as the Fire Chief.
Since becoming a member of council in 1981, I have been involved in the Recreation Committee. For many of those years, I have held the position of chair.
I have also served as a board member for the Northern Credit Union, Career Centre, Conservation Authority and Ex Officio on the Prince Township committees. Since 2014, I have been appointed to the District Social Service Board for Sault Ste. Marie, Prince Township and the unincorporated area north of the Sault.
My accomplishments, with the help of Council and Staff include:
Last year, through the generous support of TransCanada Trails, a new, universally accessible dock for kayaks and canoes was installed at the Gros Cap Marina Park. Funding for picnic tables, a washroom facility, kayak and canoe lockers and signage was also provided. We are part of the Great Trail, which includes bicycle, walking and water trails connecting Canada from coast to coast.
This year, our community hall, located in the Municipal building, is getting a face lift. The hall and kitchen are getting new flooring, paint and ceiling panels. The front and back entrances will be fitted with new doors, including automatic door openers for easier access for those with physical challenges and for our parents entering with small children, car seats, etc.
I expect the next four years to be equally busy.