One of the reasons I love living in Barrhaven so much is because of the people. There is a real sense of family and caring.
Ken Ross was one of the major pillars in the community and I’m sad to say that he passed away last week. He was the co-owner of Your Independent Grocer here in Barrhaven and was heavily involved in all the different charities, associations, and fundraising work. He was always visible in the public and had a huge smile. He was somehow involved in just about every community event. He really cared about making a difference and taking care of those who needed it most.
He help me personally on numerous occasions and I will always be grateful for what he and his wife, Kelly Ross have done for me. They assisted me with two huge fundraisers to help with my training and travel costs so I could compete in two World Championships. They donated the food at one event and for another, allowed the West Barrhaven Community Association to use their BBQ trailer in their parking lot to cook their donated burgers and hotdogs. Fundraisers like these are the only way I would be able to compete at this level to represent Canada.
When I graduated from John McCrae High School I was honoured to receive the Community Builder Award with a $500 bursary from Ross’ Independent Grocer.
We always ran into each other at community events since Ken Ross was the President for the Food Cupboard. I was a guest at a Community Fundraiser for MPP Lisa MacLeod with the majority of the funds going towards the Barrhaven Food Bank.
Ken Ross also had a huge involvement in the organization of the amazing Canada Day Celebrations in Barrhaven
Ken Ross was also very involved in the Annual Santa Clause Parade. I was thrilled to be the Marshall of the parade.
Thank you Ken Ross for everything that you have done for Barrhaven and for me. You will not be forgotten!