Peacekeeper Park Memorial Searching for a New Home in Lambton County
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A 20-year-old Peacekeeper Park memorial who lost his home in Elgin County is hoping to set up a camp in Lambton County.
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Lambton County Council voted on Wednesday to have its staff check with local municipalities, private landowners and conservation authorities to identify possible locations for the nonprofit memorial to Canadian Peacekeepers, as well as an adventure training center.
This followed a presentation by Memorial Treasurer Sarah Duplisea on the Memorial Group and her desire to relocate to Lambton County following a 2020 decision by the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority not to renew a lease on land. at Whittaker Lake where the camp was first established.
“We are now packing our items and storing them as we look to relocate,” said Duplisea.
The memorial offers programs for veterans and youth and, because it has such strong ties to Lambton County, “we would love to make this our new home,” she said.
The founder of the park, the late Eugene Smith, is the son of a former Petrolia mayor, and the buildings and facilities at Whittaker Lake are named after Brent Poland and William Cushley, Canadian soldiers from Lambton who died in the combat while serving in Afghanistan.
Cadet groups and Lambton schools participated in programs offered in the park which include abseiling, canoeing, archery, hiking, team building and leadership development, a added Duplisea.
She said the organization is looking for a site on or near the water.
“We are looking for a good plot of land, but it is negotiable,” added Duplisea. “We are ready to work with what we can get. “
She said they would consider sites anywhere in Lambton.
“I would love to see something like this in Lambton County,” Petrolia Mayor Brad Loosley said. noted.
The county council voted in favor of a motion from Sarnia Mayor Mike Bradley asking staff to explore possible locations in Lambton and report back to council within 90 days.
Duplisea said the non-profit organization that operated the park is currently in the process of restructuring and plans to expand to also commemorate all those who served in the military, as well as emergency service workers. died in service.