MOREWOOD – Two years ago, the region lost one of its most community-spirited, beloved members in Alvin Runnalls, a man who worked tirelessly to give back to his township throughout his run as North Dundas’ mayor and other ventures.
The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry decided to give back to Runnalls and his family Sun., June 10 by renaming and dedicating what was previously known as the Morewood Bog as the Alvin Runnalls Forest.
The ceremony invited the whole county to celebrate a beloved member of the township. Friends and colleagues of Runnalls spoke at the unveiling, as did his daughter Rachel, sharing their stories, memories and appreciation to everyone who came out to celebrate his life.
“It’s great to see that the community is recognizing and celebrating [Alvin’s] involvement in conservation and the environment,” said Rachel. “He was really passionate about fitness, if he were here to see that his work would lead to being a part of interlocking hiking pathways, he’d be overjoyed and so proud.”
Runnalls’ widow, Dawn, said that the ceremony was a very nice way to honour her husband.
“The ceremony was very nice,” she said. “He cared about his community and the environment around it and it’s very nice that he’s appreciated for everything he did.”
Mayor Eric Duncan revealed to the Winchester Press that future plans are in motion for Alvin Runnalls Forest to be used as a geocaching site.
“Someone came in contact with me and asked if they can put geocoins out there,” he said. “So, it’s possible that geocaching might start soon.”
Geocaching is a popular activity where hikers can use a GPS, mobile device or any other navigational device to hide and seek out containers called geocaches.
“Geocaching has become a very popular activity over the years,” said Lawrence Levere, South Nation Conservation’s communications committee chair. “Nothing is certain yet, but I can say for certain that if there’s nothing going here now, there will be sometime in the future.”