by Wes Herring, Vice President, FFCC Board
During this pandemic challenged time, the Ferguson Forest Centre Corporation held its annual election for executive officers virtually on February 3, 2021.
Board Executives re-elected were Carl Doucette (President), Wes Herring (Vice President) and Andre Rancourt (Treasurer). Carl Doucette was also elected as the Secretary in an acting role.
Further, on January 27, the Corporation held its Annual General Meeting and welcomed new Board Directors Randy Marusyk and Doug McCarthy. Randy Marusyk has extensive experience on both public and private boards and has a legal and biochemistry background. Doug McCarthy is a retired member of the Canadian military (Colonel) and Professor of Economics. Also present at that meeting were new Corporate members Sarah Herring and Shannon Nicholson. The Corporation continues to welcome applications from potential new Corporate members including those that may wish to serve on the Board as a Director in the future.
Ferguson Forest Centre is 1100 acres (445 ha) of multi-use forested lands and tree nursery located in the Municipality of North Grenville. The Centre boasts walking and hiking trails, cross country skiing trails, snowmobiling, an arboretum including a tobogganing hill, off leash dog park, children’s areas and a waterfront park with a picnic area and canoe and kayak launch dock.
The Centre is governed by a not-for-profit FFCC, which oversees 360 acres (145 ha) of municipal land and 740 acres (300 ha) of provincial lands. The Corporation’s wholly owned tree nursery grows native and non-invasive naturalized trees and woody shrubs through which it funds the operation, management, and maintenance of the Centre.
The Corporation has committees established for the trails, arboretum, parks, public relations and communications and the use of the Centre’s land to assist in implementing the Corporation’s mandate and vision. Anyone interested in volunteering as a committee member or becoming a Corporate member should review the FFCC web page at www.fergusonforestcentre.ca, and contact Wes Herring at [email protected], or phone 613-722-2922.