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On Wednesday, November 2, 2016, about two hundred people came out on a rainy evening to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of Lambton Wildlife Inc. The event featured a screening of the newly premiered film, “Call of the Forest – The Forgotten Wisdom of Trees”.

lwi-50th-anniversary-celebration-10Roberta Buchanan did a fine job MCing the evening.

lwi-50th-anniversary-celebration-11Mary Martin, Lambton Wildlife President, welcomed everyone.

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Gerry Clements

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Elizabeth Tasker

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Sarah Rupert

Founding members, Gerry Clements, Elizabeth Tasker, and Sarah Rupert, representing her parents, Dennis and Sue Rupert, all gave heartfelt speeches, reminiscing about the early days of Lambton Wildlife and expressing pride in all that it has accomplished.lwi-50th-anniversary-celebration-16Board member and Outdoor Committee Chair, Larry Cornelis, gave a riveting speech on Lambton Wildlife’s history, detailing its many accomplishments.

lwi-50th-anniversary-celebration-17Lori Vokes, 50th Anniversary Committee member and Celebration Coordinator, introduced the film.  “Call of the Forest” was enjoyed by all and left the audience excited, hopeful, and inspired.

lwi-50th-anniversary-celebration-5After the film, there was a draw for forty-four fantastic door prizes provided by the generous donations of Sarnia/Lambton businesses and individuals, all noted at the back of the event’s program.

lwi-50th-anniversary-celebration-18The evening ended with everyone enjoying delicious cake and tea, provided by David’s Tea, and coffee, provided by David and Lori Vokes.  The amount collected in the event’s donation jars was $505.00.

Thanks to the following people whose hard work made this very special evening possible:  Roberta Buchanan, Cathy Coates, Tricia McLellan-Dath, Michael Kent, Felicia Syer, Allanah Vokes, and Lori Vokes. A big thank you to Mark Buchanan for photographically documenting the evening.

It was a great night; a great ending to fifty remarkable years of nature protection, conservation, and education in Lambton County and a great beginning to fifty more.

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Lori Vokes

Lori Vokes is a long time member of Lambton Wildlife Inc.. She lives and farms in Lambton County, where she spends her spare time "watching nature" and hugging trees.

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