Sherwood Park resident Ken Lesniak won the community service award for this year’s Strathcona County Achievement Awards.
Lesniak has lived in Sherwood Park for 46 years and is now retired, but he has a long list of accomplishments that he continues to add to.
“I am very honored to receive [the award]. There are many people in Strathcona County and in the communities who do a lot of community service. I’m honored to have him like this, I have mixed feelings about that,” Lesniak said.
Some of his works include:
- He was Director of Lifelong Learning for the Edmonton Catholic School Board, which later led to him chairing the Elk Island Catholic School Board for 14 years.
- Run for municipal politics and serve as a county councilor for two terms.
- Chairman of the Board of Belvedere Golf and Country Club for six years.
- He chaired the Economic and Tourism Development Advisory Committee for the Mayor and Council for three years.
- Member of the Board of Directors of Festival Place and of the Board of Directors of the Robin Hood Association.
- Presidency of the parish council of Sainte-Sophie.
- Chairman of the Council of Municipal Government of the Province of Alberta.
This list of involvement is just part of the work Lesniak has done to make him a recipient of the award.
Currently, he works as President of the Strathcona Community Hospital Foundation.
“I need to get involved. I get a lot of satisfaction from helping people and working with them. That’s part of what drives me,” added Lesniak.
His work with the Strathcona County Hospital Foundation includes raising funds to support the hospital, helping to purchase equipment, and providing staff training opportunities.
“It’s really exciting work. Our community, our council and our citizens of Strathcona County have come together to support this hospital in a huge, huge way.
He was at home when he received the call from the county administration telling him that he had won the prize.
“Although I am the recipient of this award, the real recipients are all the people who work on the committees I work with.”
Lesniak is one of two recipients of the award – he will attend the June 13 ceremony to accept his achievement in person.
The awards ceremony takes place at Festival Place and is free. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.