PRESIDENT’S REPORT – By Bernard Goward
The Avon Trail completes its 42nd year October 31, 2017 in good shape. Membership remains at around 100. Over 70 hikes were offered including the Canada 150 Challenge, a 150km hike from Bellwood to St. Marys, several family hikes and the 2nd Annual Wildwood Challenge. We are grateful to all volunteers who offer their skills, time and energy for the benefit of the Trail.
We are pleased to welcome twelve landowners to the Trail, and we thank you for sharing your land. You are contributing to the health and enjoyment of others who cherish the beauty of the land and environment around us. Thank you!
Some other events of the year:
- Edition 7.5 of the Trail Guide published in May
- New tool shed generously donated to house brushcutters, loppers, paint etc.
- Town of St. Marys granted permission to blaze the Trail through town
- Bronze plaque installed in St. Marys to mark the junction of the Thames Valley Trail and Avon Trail 7km of new trail added in the Amulree area and the Nith River Valley
- $3000 Stratford Perth Community Foundation grant for a new website, funded by the Mansbridge Environmental Fund and Ideal Supply Community Fund
- $3000 grant from RBC/Dominion Securities for Trail development
As a volunteer organization, we have a spot for you!
- Newsletter contributors
- Marketing person
- Hike Scheduler
- Trail Monitors & Maintenance Crew
We were saddened by the passing of Trail members:
Esther Essex, (wife of Jim Essex) founding member of the Avon Trail Olive Compagno Morris, founding member Tom Miller, member