John McKenzie is the founder and president of the Tub Mill Arts Association of Salisbury, PA. Tub Mill Arts is a nonprofit organization that was established in 1987 to provide local artists with a forum to display and sell their work. McKenzie is also on the advisory board for the Salisbury Family Center, which is affiliated with the extremely rural, mountainous region of southwestern Pennsylvania. Through these two organizations, he has been able to provide many needed services to his community.
Some of these services include reclaiming the Casselman River, remodeling and insulating the Tub Mill Arts building, creating a summer art camp instructed by members of Tub Mill Arts, running four annual successful Healthy Kids Days events and the completion of a one-room school house as an addition to the Family Center.
McKenzie also started an Adopt a Grandparent program five years ago, which has been a tremendous success—doubling in size within two years. An upcoming project from McKenzie is the construction of a nature trail on land owned by the school district.
McKenzie, despite his crippling arthritis, spends countless hours at local schools teaching children about the history of Salisbury. Jeanne Miller, Director of the Salisbury Area Family Center acknowledges, "he has been an inspiration to the community, young and old alike, and has improved the quality of life in Salisbury, PA."