Kim HinneganWhere did you grow up? 

Chatham, ON.

What was your first job? 

Hoeing bean fields for my dad.

What is your favourite Chatham-Kent memory? 

Working at "The Pickle Station" in Chatham during the summer months. It was owned by my parents, and now by my siblings. I did not mind spending my free time working because all of my family and friends worked there as well. We created so many great memories together and learned the value of hard work.  It has been 50 years since the first cucumbers were delivered to the station and students of Chatham-Kent are able to say they worked doing this unique job.

What is your favourite season? 

Autumn. We have the most amazing weather and I find that I appreciate the beautiful days most in fall.

Who was your local inspiration/role model? 

There have been so many people, but one person that comes to mind is my former high school math teacher, Mr. Krailo.  He introduced me to the idea of volunteering.  I donated hours and hours to the Student Athletic Committee, score keeping basketball games and helping at cross country and track and field meets.  Through example, he showed how important it is to give back to the community.  I now understand and realize that without the help of volunteers, many events and organizations would cease to exist.  Volunteers should never be taken for granted!

What did you do after high school? 

Attended The University of Western Ontario in London, ON, where I obtained my Bachelors of Science. I then received my Diploma in Accounting at Wilfrid Laurier University and later obtained my Certified Management Accounting (CMA) designation.

What are you doing now? 

I own and operate The Paper Pickle Company, a paper crafts store focused on custom invitation design, scrap booking and card making, located in downtown Chatham.  I also assist my husband (also born and raised in Chatham) with his law practice, and am the mother of two young children.

Why did you come back to Chatham-Kent?  

Family. My husband and I came back to raise our children in a great community surrounded by loved ones. 

Why live in Chatham-Kent?

  • The many beautiful parks and beaches

  • The quaint, boutique style shopping

  • Ease of commute within the community

  • It’s close to larger centres, including London and Windsor

  • There are ample activities for both adults and children, including shows at the St. Clair College Capitol Theatre and various events throughout the community