JFW & Rotary plant a Legacy Forest!

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a group of women, men, and children standing in front of a pile of mulch with shovels. there is a red Junior Forest Warden flag
Junior Forest Wardens and Rotarians work together to plant a tree.

For the Rotarians, the plant had special significance as a place to return to.

Junior Forest Wardens drop hundreds of trees every year, but there was something very special about the plant that took place on Saturday, October 24th at the Rotary Sunshine Camp.   (the event had been rescheduled from September due to weather)

Junior Forest Wardens of Newfoundland, the Giant Squid, the Wild Wanderers, local Rotary Clubs, families and friends, came together to plant a forest of Sugar Maples that will be a living legacy to 24 Rotarians who had passed away in the year previous, as well as one member of the local Junior Forest Wardens executive.

at 11:00, the plant began in the Rotary Park Chalet with addresses from Brian McShane and Jennifer Keyte of JFW, who spoke about how they got started with the organization and shared some of their fond memories over the years. this was followed by a few words from Don Sword of Rotary International District 7820 about Rotary International’s success in planting 5 million trees around the world, and what the event meant to him. four young people from JFW read the names of the Rotarians who were being honoured by the tree planting.  their contributions are remembered, and they are named at the close of this article.

then, we got to work!  you can follow along in the photo gallery.

the trees were planted in a field adjacent to the entrance to Rotary Sunshine Park. the locations had been co-ordinated by Brian Mercer of the City of St. John’s.  Habitat for Humanity lent the shovels, and the City came across with the mulch. trees had been dedicated to those who passed at the Rotary International Conference held in St. John’s in May, and they were lovingly cared for by Chris and Debbie Swyers of CD’s Trees in the interim.

everybody worked together to dig holes and plant the trees. families and strangers worked alongside to create what will one day be a beautiful orchard. as a surprise, Sassy Tuna was on site doing caricature drawings!

after the trees were nestled in their new homes, JFW was happy to host a lunch of hamburgers, vegetables, chips, and cake. during this time, registration was open for new families to sign up to join the Junior Forest Wardens and the Giant Squid were honoured to welcome new families!

to conclude the event, a commemorative plaque was mounted on the wall inside the Chalet.

Members of the Junior Forest Wardens, most wearing Junior Forest Wardens shirts, hold up their banner inside the Rotary chalet.

the Junior Forest Warden families old and new found joy in honouring those who came before. 

this legacy plant was supported by Rotary International, who donated the sugar maples, C.D.’s Trees, who supplied them, the City of St. John’s, who contributed mulch, and Habitat for Humanity, who lent tools.   Local Rotarians Jim Osmond, Lisa Sinton and Julie Lewis contributed time and thought from the Rotarians side. The plant was a great success. new friends were made, new adventures were begun, and some wonderful folks were honoured as we broke ground for an orchard that will be enjoyed for generations to come.  

The Junior Forest Warden Sugar Maple Legacy Plant honoured the lives and contributions of:


Junior Forest Wardens

John Calver, East Coast Spruce Buds


Tony Foote, Gander
Frank Heulin, Halifax
Denis Roach, New Waterford
Ronald Ryan, St. John’s
Dorothy Vousden Lunenburg
Al Corner, Stratford
David N. Muise, Sydney-Sunrise Rotary
John Horton, Wolfville
Jack Yazer, Sydney
Evan Johnson, St. John’s Northwest
Dick Taylor, Windsor
Aidan Maloney, St. John’s Northwest
Charles Robbins, Yarmouth
Sahed Alam, St. John’s Northwest
Douglas Havill, Halifax Northwest
Tony Stevenson, Kentville
H. Barry Willis, Hillsborough
Alexander “Sandy” Roche, Waterford Valley
George Mosher, Middleton 
Jeff Wilson, Middleton
Winnie Surette, Yarmouth
John Hiscock, St. John’s
Robert Wellon, Labrador City – Wabush
Glen MacDonald, Sydney Sunrise


 Junior Forest Wardens Newfoundland & Labrador is proud to have support from the province of Newfoundland and Labrador, Department of Fisheries & Land Resources.
JFW is proud to partner with ~ Live Sustainably NL and is a member of Guide to the Good. ~ Live Sustainably NL acknowledges support for #playoutdoors from the Department of Children Seniors & Social Development which preceeded this project.