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Bruce Trail Heroes of the Beaver Valley Get “The Boot”

Mike Osborn receives the BVBTC 2018 Keith Solomon Award. Photo Ros Rossetti 2018.

The Keith Solomon Award honours Keith Solomon, who was instrumental in establishing the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. His passion for the endeavour persuaded others to share in his vision and join him in blazing this trail. For a man who was tireless in his efforts to build the trail, it is a fitting tribute to have one of his work boots bronzed and mounted, as the embodiment of the Keith Solomon Award.

Since its inception in 1995 by Fred Young and John McCullum, the Award has been granted annually in appreciation of an individual or group who, like its namesake, has made a significant contribution to the improvement or preservation of the Bruce Trail in the Beaver Valley. The recipient this year, Mike Osborn, doesn’t like to brag about his accomplishments. So content is he to quietly go about his work that he was not even in attendance at the AGM to receive the Award. He was chased down “on the job” to receive the Award!

With an aptitude for logistics and organization, Mike spent many a year “behind the scenery” on administrative tasks supporting the work of the Land Steward Director. Early on, Mike recognized the power of information. He not only maintained the properties and Land Stewards database, he expanded it to include trail information, the Club’s volunteer information and the new Land Ambassador’s information systems. His initiative has become an invaluable resource for our Club and is a model for other Bruce Trail Clubs.

Even while devoting countless hours on his labour of love, he devoted time to other needs for the Club, like training new Land Stewards, finding and documenting BTC property boundaries of the over 40 properties under our stewardship and helping with our Club events.