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Swansea’s Ken McGuffin receives 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award

Ken McGuffin was recently announced by the Illinois Department of Human Services’ Region 5, which includes St. Clair County, as a recipient of The 2022 Governor’s Volunteer Service Award.

IDHS Office of Family & Community Service Communications Coordinator Allison Miller, Serve Illinois Commission on Volunteerism and Community Service/AmeriCorps, recently shared McGuffin’s biography:

“I lived and worked in southern Michigan for nearly 30 years. My education includes a bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from Western Michigan University (1976). My wife Sheryl and I were married in 1977 and have two grown sons. We have had rescue dogs as a part of our family for all of our adult, married lives and still have two older “fur babies” at home today. We currently reside in Swansea, Ill.

From 1977 through 2018, I lived and worked in eight different states, from Colorado to North Carolina to Maine – locating twice in Illinois. I worked professionally as a Manufacturing Engineer and Engineering Manager for the first seven years of my career. I transitioned into manufacturing management for the remaining 34 years until retiring in 2018. I retired as the Director of Manufacturing at Ultra Site located in Red Bud, Ill.

My outside interests include woodworking, cars and bowling. I have been a bowler for nearly 60 years, with multiple 300 games to my credit. I am an avid car enthusiast. I have personally built a Shelby Cobra replica and own a UK-based trike kit vehicle. I have been a part-time home woodworker for 35 years, using that as a hobby/diversion from work life.

After retirement, I began volunteering at the Belleville Area Humane Society (BAHS) and Habitat for Humanity Restore. This involved three to four volunteer days per week since 2018. I dropped out of the Habitat for Humanity role in late 2021 to concentrate on BAHS volunteering exclusively during the pandemic. At BAHS, I help with the chores required to support the animals and the general facility, walk dogs, participate in parades, visit retirement facilities and generally represent BAHS at various public (adoption) events. The volunteer time at BAHS has been my way of helping the animals that have been such a valued part of our lives and family for so many years.”

Ken McGuffin, shown.


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