The Friends of Lake Superior Provincial Park have scheduled their annual general meeting for noon on Saturday at the Visitor’s Centre at Agawa Bay.
Following a pot luck lunch, new and existing members of the volunteer group will elect a board of directors.
The Friends, also known as Niijkiwenhwag, are excited about this year’s meeting as it marks the 25th anniversary of the group’s formation. This milestone also coincides with the 125th anniversary celebration of the formation of Ontario’s provincial park system. Algonquin Park opened in 1893. Today, there are 340 provincial parks across Ontario.
A few of the group’s past endeavours have included hiring summer staff, erecting memorial benches, selling firewood to campers, highway corridor clean-ups and sponsoring art workshops. This year, the group hopes to develop a new phase of its partnership with the park.
There are suggested projects that will need attention. Help is required to co-ordinate the annual fall senior’s tour, connect with school groups to bring students to the park and create a committee to find artists who will share their talents and expertise with campers and visitors. The event is open to the public.
The “Friends of Lake Superior Park” was established in 1993 under a cooperative agreement with Ontario Parks. The Friends of Lake Superior Park is a not-for-profit and registered Charity. It is one of the 13 Friends organizations with the Ontario Parks system. Niijkiwenhwag (nij-ki-wen-i-wog) is the Ojibwe word for “friends” and the group’s main purpose is to enhance the educational and interpretive programs in Lake Superior Provincial Park.