Tom Walker Awarded Freedom of the Municipality

Today North Cowichan Council awarded Freedom of the Municipality, the highest symbol of respect and esteem from a local government to an individual, to former Mayor and Councillor, Tom Walker.

Since the Municipality was incorporated in 1873 – 145 years ago – only 10 other individuals have been awarded Freedom of the Municipality, making Mr. Walker North Cowichan’s eleventh distinguished Freeman.

Tom Walker served on North Cowichan Council for 20 years, including one term as Mayor. With Mr. Walker’s extensive background in Forestry, he played a significant role in helping to establish the Municipality’s sustainable forestry program which gives back to the community in many ways. Earlier this year, Mr. Walker was also honoured when Council renamed a forestry scholarship the “Tom Walker Forest Legacy Bursary Scholarship”.

“I’m very honoured to be awarded Freedom of the Municipality,” says Tom Walker. “My time serving the communities of North Cowichan was very well spent and I’m proud to have been part of so much progress over the past few decades.”

Mr. Walker served in several additional capacities throughout the Cowichan community, including 3 terms on the Cowichan Valley Regional District Board, Chair and a founding member of the Forestry Advisory Committee, and president and director of many other community organizations. Now in retirement, Mr. Walker serves on the Board of the BC Forest Discovery Centre.

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For more information, please contact:
Al Siebring, Mayor
Municipality of North Cowichan 
T 250.710.3416 
E mayor@northcowichan.ca