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(Posted 6:30 a.m., Sept. 18)
Local Lions Clubs dedicate Memorial Forest to past members

By Fred Sherwin
Orléans Online

Lion 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. Fred Sherwin/Photo

The 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 Bearbrook.

The 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.

Members 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.

Among those present was Lion Syd Davie, whose wife and fellow Lion member. Miza Davie, passed away from cancer in 2005.

The 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.

And 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.

The 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.

Among 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.

(This story was made possible thanks to the generous support of our local business partners.)





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