For Immediate Release:
January 7, 2020
Petrolia, Ontario – Former Mayor of Brooke Township and Brooke-Alvinston, and Warden of Lambton County, Leonard McNeil to receive the 2019 Lambton Agricultural Hall of Fame Award at the Lambton Federation of Agriculture Annual General Meeting on January 17 2020, at the Plympton-Wyoming Fairgrounds.
Leonard McNeil was born in 1950 and was actively engaged in service to his family and the agricultural community at an early age, right through to the time of his passing in May of 2002.
Leonard was proud of his beef herd as part of a cow-calf operation selling yearlings. He utilized pasture and crop rotation in the cropping operations that were integrated with his beef operation. Additional acreages of corn, soybeans and wheat were sold as cash crops.
One of Leonard’s greatest contributions related to his involvement with the International Plowing Match held in Lambton County in 1991.
When the match generated significant profit, and thanks to Leonard’s vision, to date 99 post-secondary students have shared in a total of over $150,000 and the principal amount of the original investment has not been touched.
Between 1992 and 1998 he completed two three-year terms as a Councillor in Brooke Township. From 1998 until 2000 Leonard was Mayor of Brooke Township. In 1999 Leonard served as Warden of the County of Lambton. From 2000 to his passing in May of 2002, Leonard served as the first Mayor of the newly created Municipality of Brooke-Alvinston.
The Lambton Federation of Agriculture is honoured to have the Hall of Fame make their presentation to the McNeil Family at their Annual General Meeting.
The Annual General Meeting is being held January 17 from 6:00-9:00 PM at the Plympton-Wyoming Fairgrounds and anyone wishing to attend can visit the LFA Website and RSVP to the event via https://lambtonfederation.ca
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For More Information:
Kyle Maw, Chair
Lambton Agricultural Hall of Fame
Sarah Jackson, President
Lambton Federation of Agriculture