Former mayor set to retire from public service

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Twenty years ago Ann Aikens was mulling whether to file her nomination papers seeking election as the mayor of Deep River.

She did, and she won the 2003 election, and went on to serve two successful terms as head of town council.

But Aikens’ dedication to community service pre-dates her time as mayor, and continued for many years afterward, and now she’s finally ready to dedicate time solely to herself and family.

Aikens, as a provincial appointee, chairs the Renfrew County and District Health Unit (RCDHU), and is stepping aside from that position next week when her appointment ends.

“It was a real challenge,” Aikens said of the hurdles faced by the RCDHU over the course of the COVID-19 pandemic…

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