Jane FosterVice Presidentjanefoster2@yahoo.ca
Hello! My name is Jane Foster and I am currently serving as the secretary-treasurer of our McKenzie Lake Property Owners Association. We joined the association when we bought the cottage. I've been a member of the executive since 2014 replacing Jeff Massey in this role.
I retired from teaching at Centre Hastings Secondary School in Madoc about 5 years ago. My husband, Mark, and I have a cottage tucked in the cove before Windmill Point if you’re coming from the lodge – the place with the yellow boathouse. My grandparents, Wicky and Winn Ross, bought from Lees in 1966 when I was about five, before there was Henry Coghlan Road or hydro on the lake. Many of my fondest memories come from here, and since we were lucky enough to be able to buy when Grandma was ready to sell, our three children spent their summers here too.
There is a timeless quality about this place. The view across the lake hasn’t changed in all this time. The loons still sing in summer and the campfires still bring out the marshmallows and guitars. We try to preserve the cottage as a place to slow down and play cards and board games, fish and swim instead of watching TV, and we really appreciate the natural beauty. Yet there have been changes. We can’t drink the lake water anymore, and it’s harder to find crayfish, pollywogs, frogs and turtles, but it’s still one of the best places there is!
I feel good knowing that the MCKLPOA provides a way for us to pool ideas and work together to ensure we can keep this area the best it can be. Through community events we can get to know each other better, and through water and wildlife monitoring programs, and an official Lake Plan, we can work to preserve our natural environment. Please feel free to call one of us on the executive, or email the firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to participate in any way!