2010 John Starkey
John Starkey was born in Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, spent part of his childhood in Hamilton and moved to Brantford in 1967. He studied History and Philosophy at McMaster University before taking a job in Brantford. John Starkey served on Brantford City Council for 19 years, he was elected as Alderman, representing Ward 1 in 1978, and was re-elected in 1980, 1982, and 1985 before standing down after a serious injury from a car accident in 1988. John returned to Council in 1997 and served a further term. In the year 2003, John was elected to serve as Councillor of Ward 5, but only served three years before standing down again. After his departure, he wrote a municipal affairs column for the Brantford Expositor.
John Starkey offered his leadership qualities by serving on numerous committees, boards, commissions, and agencies. These included Number Two Committee, Arts Coordinating Committee, Children’s Aid Society of Brant, City of Brantford Planning Board, Grand River Conservation Authority, John Noble Home Board, Land Assembly and Development Committee, Local Architectural Conservations Advisory Committee, Brant Social Services, Brantford Heritage Committee, Capitol Theatre Steering Committee, Laneway Review Committee, Mutual Planning Advisory Committee, Development Board, Brant County Board of Health, Business Improvement Area Board of Management, Economic Development Board, Finance Committee, Corporate Services Committee, City/County Ambulances Task Force, Sanderson Centre Board of Management, Laurier-Mohawk Post-Secondary Education Committee, Community Development Committee, Engineering, Public Works and Parks and Recreation, Property Standards Committee, Committee of Adjustment, and Drinking/Driving Counter Measure Committee.
John Starkey was a former director of the Glenhyrst Arts Council and a director of the Brant County Museum, an officer of the Brant Riding Progressive Conservative Association and a member of Balfour United Church.
Induction Ceremony was held on November 14, 2011.