District Governor 2017-2018
Martin Ward
 
Martin has been a member of the Rotary Club of Grand Bend for 8 years. Due to moves for business reasons between London and Kitchener-Waterloo over the past 34 plus years, Martin’s Rotary experience has spanned various clubs in Districts 6330 and 7080.
 
Although his first Rotary club was London, the majority of his Rotary experience was in District 7080 in Waterloo, Ingersoll, and Kitchener Grand River clubs.  Grand Bend has been home since 2009.
 
Over the years in Rotary Martin has served on club Boards, has been club secretary and club President, and has been privileged to serve on many committees at the club and district level, including Youth Exchange, Group Study Exchange, District Training, and Foundation.  A highlight of Martin’s Rotary experience was team leader for a D7080 GSE exchange to Iceland in 2004. With strong support from his wife Mary Ruston, the couple has hosted a total of 15 exchange students.
 
In addition to 3 years as Assistant Governor in D6330, he served 2 years as Assistant Governor in District 7080 for the clubs in Oxford County.
 
Martin was born in Toronto and spent his childhood in Ajax, Ontario. Since going to Waterloo for University in 1965, South Western Ontario has been his home. Martin and Mary have 3 children (2 daughters and 1 son) and 3 grandchildren (2 granddaughters and 1 grandson).
 
Most of Martin’s working life has been spent in the computer software business. For the last 47 years most time has been spent developing, selling and implementing management information systems in agricultural businesses throughout Canada.