Ken Thompson worked for years as a teacher in the area, played a key role in developing the housing areas in the city as well as served a term on city council.
Within the city Ken Thompson served as on Owen Sound Municipal Non-Profit Housing Corporation Board and the Owen Sound Housing Company, recently retiring from chair of the board of directors.
Thompson has put over 32 years towards making a more inclusive community.
This devotion comes from years of youth spent in foster homes, instilling the importance of having a place to call home for Thompson.
During his time he lead six builds for Owen Sound Housing that created over 230 new units within the city and has played a vital role in obtaining affordable housing and the growth of Owen Sound.
The Mayor also took time to reflect on Thompsons teaching career, looking back on what it was like as a student to enter Thompsons class, highlighting his extreme patience's with students as well as the unique layout of the class.
"He knew a student would learn more in his class then sitting in the principal's office" Boddy said " He would sit at the back of the class, imagine how nervous you would be to turn around."
There was also a moment where the mayor gave an example of how a vote of confidence from Thompson made a lasting impact on a student.
"That vote of confidence was relied on many times by the student in trying times, he went on to university as a mature student, got a bachelor of arts and eventually a law degree. For that I personally thank you." Boddy said.
Thompson was presented several plaques and certificates as a special thank you from a city's past and future.