6:30 a.m., Sept. 18)
Local Lions Clubs dedicate Memorial Forest to past members
By Fred Sherwin
Eastern Ontario Lions Clubs have joined forces with Innovative
Community Support Services (ICSS) to establish a Memorial
Forest in memory of past members on Russell Road near
Syd Davie sits in an ATV behind his late wife's
memorial tree in the Lions Memorial Forest
following Sarturday's dedication ceremony
at the ICSS Sow and Grow Farm on Russell Road.
fledgling Memorial Forest is located on the Sow and Grow
Farm operated by ICSS as part of a alternative support
program for adults with physical and developmental disabilities.
of the Lions Clubs that make up District A4 of the international
organization including the Gloucester North, Cumberland,
Orléans and Navan Clubs gathered at the farm on
Saturday for a dedication ceremony and the official opening
of the forest.
those present was Lion Syd Davie, whose wife and fellow
Lion member. Miza Davie, passed away from cancer in 2005.
94-year-old Davie first raised the idea of a memorial
garden in the early 1990s. And while the idea of a garden
failed to gain traction here in Ottawa, the Lions Foundation
Canada established a National Memorial Forest in Breslau,
Ontario in 1998.
when space in the Forest became limited several years
ago, the local Lions Districts were asked to establish
their own Memorial Forests, thus the impetus for a local
Memorial Forest was hatched. Past Distrcit Governor Andy
Etherington took the lead on the project, and along with
the Memorial Forest committee, brought it to fruition.
trees in the Memorial Forest are little more than saplings
now, but they will eventually grow much larger. A cinder
path winds its way through and around the trees and a
gazebo sits at the forest's centre.
the local Lions members who have a tree in the Memorial
Forest are Lion Jerry Calver from Navan, Lions Jean Lalonde
and Mario Malguzzi from Orléans and Lion Miza Davie,
who at various times was a member of the Navan and Cumberland
Lions Clubs along with the Gloucester North Club.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support
of our local business partners.)