Recognizing a person, persons or organizations for achievement within the realm of agriculture and service of benefit to the rural community of Lambton and beyond.

We are proud to be a part of the Lambton Heritage Museum: there is an interactive display at our local museum that showcases our past inductees and Lambton’s amazing agriculture history. Take a trip and see the display today or visit the virtual exhibit on their website!

The Hall of Fame would like to invite you to support Lambton County, and its agriculture by becoming a member of the Hall of Fame. This program can’t continue without individual and business support from people like you!

The Agricultural Hall of Fame has a volunteer board of nine, with Joanne Sanderson as chair and Gary Atkinson as vice-chair. They welcome any questions or thoughts, and can be reached at [email protected].

Board Members

Joanne Sanderson – Chair
Gary Atkinson – Vice Chair


Membership form: (Voting) Membership Application

Current Board:

  • 3-year term: Gary Atkinson, Irene Jardine, Joanne Sanderson.
  • 2-year term: Bryan Boyle, Kyle Maw, John Young
  • 1-year term: Brenda Miner, Brenda Stewardson, Blair Williamson
  • County of Lambton Representative: Dave Ferguson
  • Secretary/Treasurer: Christina Hyatt
  • Gary Martin, LFA

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Hall of Fame Inductees
A Trio of Lambton Agricultural Hall of Fame Inductees for 2021

The hall of fame honours individuals, organizations and businesses that have had a positive influence on agriculture and the rural community, said chairperson Joanne Sanderson.

“In all cases, these inductees have influenced, changed and contributed to the agriculture industry regionally, provincially, nationally and, in some instances, internationally,” she said.

“We strive to honour the success that they’ve had, understanding that this is no accident. It is hard work, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, I think most importantly, love of what they do.”

The hall of fame has inducted 16 members since it began in 2010. They are featured on the websites of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture and Lambton Heritage Museum, as well as on plaques in fair buildings around Lambton and at the county administration building.

Dona Stewardson
Dona Stewardson

Dona Stewardson has broken new ground again with her recent induction into the Lambton Agricultural Hall of Fame.

The Lambton Shores resident – the first woman to be president of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture – has also become the first woman inducted into Lambton County’s agriculture hall of fame.

Stewardson was elected to the Lambton Federation of Agriculture board in 1981 and became its first woman president in 1987. She also served as a regional director for the Ontario Federation of Agriculture and a member of the provincial executive.

She and her family farm in the former Bosanquet Township area of what is now Lambton Shores, where she served on its municipal council.

“Dona’s energetic approach led her to help solve many of the rural community’s challenges, such as the formation of the Lambton Rural Childcare program,” said board member Blair Williamson.

She also worked with the provincial agriculture ministry and Women’s Institute to create an Agriculture in the Classroom program, represented farmers on the Sarnia-Lambton Chamber of Commerce environmental committee and was active in a Rural Lambton Stewardship Program, as well as other environmental organizations.

Stewardson served on a public advisory committee for the International Joint Commission, a provincial advisory committee for rural development, the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, a fair tax commission and a committee reviewing an Environmental Bill of Rights for Agriculture.

Other organizations she served with include the board of Co-operators Insurance of Canada, where she was involved in a committee that hired the company’s first female CEO.

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Sid Fraleigh
Sid Fraleigh

Sid Fraleigh is a former chairperson of the Lambton Pork Producers, a 4-H leader and a member of the Forest Agricultural Society. He also served on the former Bosanquet Township council and as a member of several community organizations.

“Sid’s greatest contribution to agriculture outside of Lambton could best be described as pork and politics,” said Bryan Boyle, a member of the hall of fame board.

Fraleigh was a chairperson of the Ontario Pork Producers Marketing Board for more than a decade and represented the province for five years on the Canadian Pork Council.

“He helped develop an export market in Japan for Ontario pork that flourished and still exists today,” Boyle said.

Fraleigh was also elected MP for what was then Lambton-Middlesex for two terms in the late 1970s and mid-1980s.

He later served with the Agricultural Research Institute of Ontario, the International Trade Tribunal and the appeal board for Ontario humane societies.

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Kevin Marriott
Kevin Marriott

Kevin Marriott, the current warden of Lambton County and mayor of Enniskillen Township, grew up on a family farm in the township.

He attended college in Ridgetown and today focuses his farm operation on cash crops, with its “centre of attention” being growing food-grade soybeans, said board member Brenda Miner.

“Kevin was one of the first to practise no-till farming in Enniskillen Township beginning in 1988,” Miner said.

He has been active in 4-H and Junior Farmers, where he served as its president in Lambton.

Marriott served on the Lambton County Soybean Growers committee, the Grain Farmers of Ontario, Agriculture in the Classroom, the Lambton Soil and Crop Improvement Association and the Bluewater Conservation Club.

He was a provincial director for the Ontario Soybean Growers, a founding provincial director of the Grain Farmers of Ontario and a director of the American Soybean Association.

Marriott led a delegation to Japan in 2018 to promote Canadian food-grade soybeans, and his other activities have included a directorship on the Canadian Biodiesel Board and serving on the Canadian Farm Debt Mediation Board panel.

“He plans to continue farming, learning, and developing farming practices and, at the same time, encouraging new farmers to grow and take an active part in their agricultural community.,” Miner said.

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~from Paul Morden~