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

Click below for a Nomination Form:

Hall of Fame Inductees

Bert Vandendool

Bert Vandendool, 80, received the honours virtually recently with local dignitaries and dozens of family, friends and college classmates on the video call, said Bryan Boyle, a member of the hall of fame volunteer board.

“It showed the influence that Bert has had on others through his life,”he said.

Vandendool, a Ridgetown Agricultural College graduate, was an early member of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture, Lambton Soil and Crop Improvement Association and Lambton Farm Safety Association member, and a provincial director for 15 years with the Ontario Cattlemen’s Association.

The father of four grown children whose 1,000-head-capacity beef feedlot is now owned and operated by his son Derek and his family, founded the Lambton Feeder Finance Co-operative that borrows substantial sums at preferred rates to help beef feeders to borrow easier.

That first cooperative has grown to 16 in Ontario with 800 members who in 2019 borrowed more than $130 million to purchase feeder cattle, Boyle said.

“He will be noted as the founder of that forever,” he said.

Feeder cattle are calves sold to feedlots where they’re fed for beef production.

Also an active member of the Wallaceburg Christian Reformed Church and committee member with the Wallaceburg Christian Reformed School, Vandendool is known for his honesty and integrity, and for providing employment opportunities to those in need, Boyle said.

“Bert was always sensitive to those who were down on their luck, had family issues or possibly substance abuse,” he said. “And he was able to give them gainful employment and mentor them, work with them.”

Vandendool is the 16th inductee to the hall of fame since it began in 2010.

Others have included former ministers of agriculture Lorne Henderson and Ralph Ferguson, and other meaningful contributors to agriculture in Sarnia-Lambton.

Inductees’ names are added to plaques with all hall members, housed at the sites of the Brigden, Petrolia, Wyoming, Forest and Alvinston fall fairs.

They also receive individual plaques to keep.

The hall of fame is part of the Lambton Heritage Museum.

Board members regularly encourage nominees, Boyle said.

“Because people in general are modest.”

Families accept honours on behalf of posthumous inductees, he said.

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