Fundraising Calendar Photo Contest
The pandemic has put a pause on many of the Friends of Presqu’ile’s fund raising activities. Despite that, we are committed to carrying on an ambitious program in support of our education and ecology programs. You can learn more about our current programs in the Newsroom.
We are planning a 2022 Fund Raising Calendar and we want you to be a part of it. We are looking for your favourite photos of Presqu'ile. The photos can be water scenes, trails and plants, animals of Presqu'ile, or the lighthouse. We need shots from all seasons, but no
April 5, 2021
If you are a visitor to Presqu’ile, your experience has been improved through the work of the Friends. Our organization has contributed over $5 million worth of funds and volunteer hours to the park since 1988. While the list of our completed projects is extensive, here are some accomplishments that impact your visit. We could not have completed these projects without the support of other organizations and our dedicated volunteers!
Do you use the beach or picnic facilities?
Placed a beach accessibility mat at Beach 1 in cooperation with the Municipality of Brighton,
April 3, 2021
2021 Park Information Guide is here!
Presqu'ile's annual Information Guide, or "tabloid", is hot off the presses and also available online for your perusal! The publication is full of information about park features and park use. It also features 4 pages about the work of the Friends of Presqu'ile - check out page 17 to find out how our work impacts you as a park user.
Thank you to Brighton's Willow Publishing for their excellent work in producing the guide and making it available to read online!
Thank you to all the businesses that sponsored the production of the guide - we appreciate your support!
March 28, 2021
Board of Directors 2020
The Friends finally held their 2020 AGM in September, once COVID restrictions were eased. One important activity at the AGM is to elect a new Board of Directors. Two long serving directors retired this year. Both David Crouch, former Treasurer and Bev Cook, former Chair, reached the end of their second terms.
Director Larry Paradis will continue to lead our Operational initiatives. Linda Alkenbrack will stay on as Treasurer. Donal Gray will continue as the head of our Technology initiatives. Doreen Cable will add the role of Vice Chair to her duties as Finance Chair. You can
November 21, 2020
Joyce and Don Boucher win Rotary Award
Joyce and Don Boucher have received the Paul Harris Fellowship from the Rotary Foundation in recognition of their decades of commitment to The Friends of Presqu’ile Park and the Lighthouse Preservation Society.
A Paul Harris Fellowship is granted for extraordinary service to the community. It is one of the highest honours that Rotary can bestow upon a person in recognition of their outstanding contributions, exemplifying the highest ideal in Rotary in placing “Service above Self”
Thank you, Don, and Joyce for your efforts to make this world a better place.
November 21, 2020 - Dave Sharp
Park Update – 2020
Park staff started the year wondering if high water levels would again impact the operation of the park. Little did we realize that 2020 would be about a worldwide pandemic that made flooding seem trivial in comparison. The pandemic caused cancellation of all March Break events throughout the organization on March 13th, including our 44th annual Waterfowl Weekend. This was followed by all parks closing on March 19th, and all staff being told to work from home on March 23rd.
From March 19th until April 17th, one staff member was going into the park 3 times a week for a couple of hours
November 21, 2020 - David Bree
Marsh Boardwalk Update
The floods of the Spring of 2019 caused extensive damage to the Marsh Boardwalk rendering it unsafe for visitors and so it was closed for repairs.
Work began on the repair project in early fall once water levels had decreased. COVID restrictions meant that only a small crew could work on the project at any one time. Team Leader, John Warner, had high praise for his dedicated team of volunteers. They have worked almost 300 hours to date.
The main areas of damage, over 1,110 feet, had to be raised from 10 to18 inches; followed by the insertion of new support beams to stabilize the area.
November 21, 2020 - Larry Paradis
John Warner Named Volunteer of the Year
John Warner, head of the Park Improvements team has been named the 2020 Volunteer of the Year by the Friends of Presqu’ile Park. John began his volunteer work with the Friends finishing the original Marsh Boardwalk build back in 2010. Since that time, he has had a hand in designing and building multiple foot bridges, walkways, viewing platforms and even picnic tables—all in an effort to improve the Park for its visitors.
John and his wife, Joan, first moved to Brighton in 1972. John had a long career with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and then Agriculture Canada
November 21, 2020