Early in 2013 Leech Lake was awarded the Federation of Ontario Cottagers’ Associations (FOCA) the 2012-13 FOCA Achievement Award!
Each year the the FOCA Board of Directors selects one of FOCA’s 500+ member associations for its Acievement Award. The winner is chosen by from a short-list of nominees that have realized significant accomplishments benefiting Ontario cottagers in general, or demonstrating innovation in their work with members and the surrounding area.
The Leech Lake Cottagers Association was chosen as the recipient for 2012-13 because of the great work done by our Lake Stewardship Committee, such as our lake assessment report and our benthic macroinvertibrate monitoring.
Hopefully this recognition will spur us on to accomplish more in our quest to have an environmentally friendly lake that supports a healthy relationship between humans and nature.
Valerie McCoy (pictured above) was on hand at the FOCA March meeting to accept this award on behalf of Leech Lake Cottagers Association. An award plaque will eventually be mounted in a suitable place on our lake for all to see.
Valerie spearheads the yearly benthic program that gives us a snapshot of our lake invertebrates population and over time will provide trends of our lake's health.
Kudos also to Larry Jacobs for his untiring work toward the development of a lake plan for the overall well being of Leech Lake.