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   Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club                              January 2019

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Congrats to BVBTC Volunteer of the Year!

Jill Smith-Brodie presents Neil McFadgen with Volunteer of the Year Award for the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club at the Volunteer and Landowner Celebration. Photo Marg Yaraskavitch 2018. Photo credit: Marg Yaraskavitch, 2018.

It comes as little surprise that in making such out-sized contributions to the Club that D. Neil McFadgen was recognized as our Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club Volunteer of the Year at the recent Volunteer and Landowner Celebration.

Neil is usually one of the first to volunteer for any of the many jobs that need doing on Trail Development and Maintenance (TD&M). He’s a Zone Leader, a member of the grass cutting crew, frequent participant at buckthorn eradication work parties and involved in nearly every Flying Squad project. He’s been a part of many of the teams that build bridges, boardwalks and steps in the Club Section.

He is committed to working jointly with others. For instance, walking along each of the 20 trails in his Zone with each of the Trail Captains (TCs), in order to give the Club a better understanding of our trails and TCs. He’s also quite happy to tackle some jobs quietly on his own initiative, like trail blazing and weed-whipping long grass.

Despite all the hours he puts into the Bruce Trail, Neil spends considerable time assisting other members of his family - something he feels is very important. And he can still find time for golfing or skiing and to participate in almost every organized hike the length of the Bruce Trail.

Neil works hard and plays hard. He brings enthusiasm, humour and total commitment to everything he does, so perhaps the two are one and the same for him. We are very grateful to benefit from so much of Neil’s time and energy.

Thanks so much, Neil, for your dedication to the Bruce Trail!

Meet Alan

Bruce Trail viewpoint at Nottawasaga Bluffs Conservation Area. Photo I Marinko 2015. Photo credit: Irena Marinko, 2015.

The Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club had some new additions to our Board in 2018. One of the new members is Alan McPherson, who comes on as a Director-at-Large.

Since moving from Peterborough almost 5 years ago, Alan has enjoyed the variety of outdoor activity in the area and rekindled his love of hiking. Growing up in Halton Hills he often hiked on the Bruce Trail around Limehouse and Rattlesnake Point, so he is enjoying living so close to it again.

Alan had been considering volunteering for some time. He wanted to be involved with a group that is local, and a cause he believes in. In joining the board, Alan continues a family legacy with trail development. His mother, Diane, was active on several trails boards including Ontario Trails Council and Trans Canada Trail. Alan even followed her involvement with the Ontario Trails Council with a stint as treasurer.

He has a deep appreciation for the Bruce Trail and feels lucky to have a part of this unique trail so close to home. He is very busy with a thriving accounting practice in Thornbury but hopes to learn more about managing and building the trail so when he has more time he is trained and ready.

Winter Hiking Begins...

Snowshoe Adventure Badge hikers of the Beaver Valley Bruce Trail Club. Photo credit Mike Arkless 2017. Photo credit: Mike Arkless, 2017.

Join Stella Juhasz January 12 for a 9 km snowshoe hike from Kolapore Uplands to Metcalfe Rock. Highlights include trekking through old cedar groves, meadows and woodlots and views of Mill Creek Valley from Metcalfe Rock.

Membership is not required to join our hikes. New hikers are always welcome. See January Hikes for details on our organized hikes.