Kimiwan Birdwalk marked the end of season with its annual “End of Summer Barbeque”

Tom Henihan
Express Staff

The Kimiwan Birdwalk Interpretive Centre in McLennan in conjunction with McLennan Northern Alberta Railway Museum held its annual End of Summer Barbeque on August 23.

Due to wet, cold weather the BBQ venue was moved from the deck of the Interpretive Centre to the Elks Hall.

The change of venue did not lessen the sense of occasion and the BBQ was, as always, a pleasant social event with almost a full house coming out to enjoy barbequed hotdogs and hamburgers along with a variety of salads, juice and coffee.

There was also a large, inscribed celebratory cake to mark the occasion, which was enjoyed by many who attended the event.

Kimiwan Birdwalk Society president, Philippa O’Mahony, welcomed everyone and thanked the summer staff who worked at the Kimiwan Lake Interpretive Centre and Northern Alberta Railway Museum.

Justine Dubrûle and Megan McNeil worked at the Kimiwan Birdwalk Interpretive Centre and Madeleine Jordan and Caitlin Langelier worked at the Northern Alberta Railway Museum.

Caitlin Langelier, Megan McNeil and Madeleine Jordan graduated from G.P. Vanier last June and will be attending college and university this fall.

Justine Dubrule is returning to Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton to continue her journalism studies.

Philippa O’Mahony also presented the McLennan Tidy Town’s best garden awards with first place going to Dorine and Francois Dubrule and second place to Carmen Labrecque and her son Seth.

The winners received gift certificates from Christie’s Greenhouse in High Prairie.

The judges for this year’s awards were the 2017 best garden award winners, Vanessa Wurm and Nancy and Lawrence McNeil.

Kimiwan Lake Birdwalk Interpretive Centre opened part time in June and ran fulltime hours through July until it closed for the season on August 26.

Pictured above, left-right, Philippa O’Mahony, presenting Carmen Labrecque and her son Seth with second place “Best Garden Award.”
Above, left-right, Philippa O’Mahony presenting the McLennan Tidy Town’s first place “Best Garden Awards” to Dorine and Francois Dubrule.


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