Lemkay receives achievement award from Ontario Historical Society

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Toronto – A Douglas historian who has contributed numerous years of service to the forest industry, has been named the 2020/2021 recipient of the prestigious Carnochan Award presented by the Ontario Historical Society (OHS).

In a recent press release from the OHS, it was noted readers of the OHS Bulletin may already be familiar with Dave Lemkay, and his role as an original member of the Vimy Oaks Legacy Corporation, a not-for-profit corporation of volunteers who have promoted the memory and legacy of Canadians who fought in World War Two. The group did so by planting Vimy Oak saplings, which were the product of acorns gathered after the battle of Vimy Ridge. They were planted in Canada by Lieutenant Leslie Miller, upon his return to Canada.

Mr. Lemkay also delivered maple trees to Juno Beach, France, on the 50th anniversary of D-Day in 1994.

“His passion for forestry and history have produced exceptional results over a 40-year career,” the release stated.

“For almost 20 years, Mr. Lemkay served as the General Manager of the Canadian Forestry Association that published and distributed the Canada’s Forests Teaching Kit series to educators across the country,” the release continued.

In addition, he oversaw designations of The Forest Capital of Canada to worthy communities in Ontario, including the Ottawa Valley in 1984, Ontario’s Northwest – Thunder Bay in 2000, the Town of Oakville in 2007, Norfolk County in 2008-9, and the Petawawa Research Forest in 2017.

He is currently chairman of the Board of Directors of the Algonquin Forestry Authority and is also a director with numerous other agencies, including the Shaw Woods Outdoor Education Centre in North Algona Wilberforce Township.

“Mr. Lemkay has done so much to preserve and promote public awareness through his efforts as a former director of The Ontario Forest History Society, Heritage Renfrew and the Ottawa Valley Historical history of our forest industry,” the release noted. “Through his promotional efforts and boundless enthusiasm, several popular books concerning important chapters of Ontario’s forestry history have been published.”

They include the highly acclaimed Alligators of the North, 75 Years Of Research in the Woods and Destination Algonquin Park – Tracks to Cache Lake and The Highland Inn. In 2017, he authored the book, Echoes and Ripples, a Canada 150 community project, featuring the history of Admaston-Bromley Township.

Despite all the community roles he has held, or in some cases still does, he agreed to return to his role as Executive-Director of the Renfrew Industrial Commission, a position he held until his retirement in 2018.

“He has enriched our province by his many noteworthy achievements in heritage preservation and the promotion of Ontario’s history,” the release concluded. “The OHS’ Honours Award Committee is pleased to recognize Dave Lemkay with the 2020/2021 Canadian Lifetime Achievement Award.”

Bruce McIntyre, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, The Eganville Leader

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