Both Tom and Mabel were active in the community. They were involved with the Agricultural Society and were 4H Club leaders. Mabel taught special night classes in English to many New Canadians arriving in the Drayton area in the early 1950's. She was a member of the Eastern Star Drayton Chapter OES No. 38, and a member of the Rockie Glen Rebekah Lodge No. 235, Elora¹.
Tom and Mabel sold the farm in 1959¹ and moved into Drayton, just a short distance down the street from Martha McClanahan, Tom's mother. She was on her own at that time. For a number of years both Tom and Mabel were in the insurance business. Tom became very active in Rotary after moving off the farm in Drayton. One of his proudest moments in later years was being designated a "Paul Harris Fellow" by The Rotary Foundation in appreciation of his work in the community. Also in 1984 he was given an oil painting in honour of his work for 35 years (1949-1984) as Clerk of Session for the Knox Presbyterian Church in Drayton¹.