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Dan Welsh Memorial Bluebird Badge

Dan Welsh was a friend to many over the years, and an icon on the Bruce Trail. For many years he ran the Iroquoia end-to-end, and led hikes throughout that section. Dan was quick with a joke, and could usually be found surrounded by a gaggle of laughing hikers. He had completed the entire Bruce Trail 13 times before he passed on November of 2019.

In honour of both his contributions to the Bruce Trail community, through his volunteer work with the Iroquoia Club, and to permanently preserve his memory on the trail, we would like to erect a plaque bearing his name. To this end, funds are being raised through the sale of the special Dan Welsh Memorial Bluebird badge and small BT hikes. Several BT hike leaders have kindly offered, who feel comfortable, to lead small group hikes as allowed. They at their discretion will determine how the hike will be communicated. Those hike leaders will have secured badges from us to make them available to each participant for $20 each. We encourage any and all hike leaders from any BT club to contact Mary Krauel (proresml@execulink.com), who has the badges, for the details on how to obtain badges for their hike. Anyone who wishes to have a hike as a group of friends can also contact Mary if they wish to have badges.

We understand that some would not feel comfortable even in small groups during this pandemic but would still like to purchase the badge as a way to remember Dan and contribute to our fundraising. If you would like to purchase a badge, please mail a cheque (made out to the Bruce Trail Conservancy – “Dan Welsh Plaque Fund: in the memo line) for $20 (per badge) and self-addressed, stamped envelope to Mary Krauel. Please contact Mary at proresml@execulink.com directly for address details. To date half of the required $10,000 has been raised so we encourage you to also make donations directly to the Dan Welsh Memorial Fund at the Bruce Trail Conservancy https://brucetrail.org/donations/memorials .

We hope to be able to run a big memorial hike in the near future, once COVID restrictions allow, but wanted to provide the opportunity to secure a Memorial badge and contribute to Dan’s plaque in the meantime. Thank you all for your support.

Sincerely

Cheryl Mitchell and Mary Krauel