Ward 5 Hero: Ken Gee

Ward 5 Hero: Ken Gee

Pianist Ken Gee has been a major contributor to Guelph’s music scene for many years. He has been been an accompanist with the Guelph Suzuki School and the Guelph Youth Singers, an adjudicator, private teacher and chamber music coach.
When the Guelph Spring Festival ceased to operate Ken created Guelph Musicfest to provide classical music lovers with a venue of 4 live chamber concerts every spring. Ken usually plays in one or more of these concerts along with other exceptional musicians. Guelph Musicfest is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year and information can be found at guelphmusicfest.ca with its first concert on May 27th. In addition, Ken is Board Chair of the Guelph Youth Music Centre where he has been a tireless volunteer since it opened in 2001. Ken was also instrumental in the creation of the Guelph Youth Symphony. Bravo Ken!

Ward 5 Heroes: Lisa Mactaggart and Moritz Sanio


Last year when the Silvercreek Park Community was upset and disheartened by the clear cutting of the Hydro Corridor, LIsa and Moritz stepped up to demonstrate how this land could be transformed into a different, attractive space with many environmental benefits for the birds, insects, wildlife and ultimately the community. Lisa, a local landscape architect, and Moritz, from Trees for Guelph, lead groups of local students and residents to plant 2100 wildflowers and over 700 shrubs and trees. What an inspiration they are! They are now known as the ‘Dynamic Duo’ .We plan to recognize the members of the Silvercreek Park Community in one of our future Ward 5 Heroes posts.


Ward 5 Hero: Dorothy Scott

Dorothy Scott

If you’ve ever admired the Victorian cottage garden at the Lt.-Col. John McCrae Birthplace Museum on Water Street, you have Dorothy Scott to thank.   Her dedication to the creation of an authentic perennial garden circa 1870s – just like the one Mrs. McCrae might have had – is an inspiration.  She doesn’t let age or weather deter her from getting into the dirt to keep the gardens looking their best.  A resident of Ward 5 for decades, we are thankful for the gift of her talents to the community.


McCrae House volunteer, Mrs. Dorothy Scott, weeding and planting a new section of the authentic Victorian cottage garden.

Ward 5 Heroes: Hanlon Creek Neighbourhood Group

Hanlon  Creek Neighbourhood Group Leaders

We are happy to announce the Team Leaders of the Hanlon Park Neighbourhood Group (HPNG) as the first to be recognized as Ward 5 Heroes.

This group faithfully meets once a month to plan events to connect individuals and families together in their neighbourhood.  They organize events such as Moonlight Sledding, Clothing Swaps and the upcoming Food Forest Spring Festival (May 14) to mention just a few of many. Community building at its best!

This ‘team’ has developed special friendships with each other over the up to eleven years together going on road trips and participating in a Try-a-Tri.

Thank you for making Guelph a great place to live!


Photo (left to right):  Xin Pan, Karen Bechard, April Nejedly, Valerie Smith, Claudia Berke, Jennifer Craig, Michelle Wall and Gail Francis.