2022 Annual General Meeting

You are invited to attend, elect new board members, socialize, and hear from our guest speakers at the


7:00 – 9:00 p.m., Friday, April 8, 2022
Join by computer or by phone on Zoom


  • Business meeting: reports, elections to the board
  • Guest speaker: Wayne Oakes, Nature Photographer
  • Social time: catch up with old friends and meet new ones who share your interests

Wayne Oakes

Photographing the Whitemud Nature Reserve

Wayne Oakes is one of our region’s true enthusiasts of natural areas.

Having grown up in the woods of Nova Scotia and then serving 33 years in the RCMP—where he developed and honed his superior photography skills—it was only natural that upon his retirement he would return to nature with camera in hand. But beyond taking pictures, he also observes and studies the habits of the fascinating animals, birds, plants, and more.

The Whitemud Ravine Nature Reserve (North) has been Wayne’s focus over the past six years, just over 9000 hours. Wayne will share with us some of his images that illustrate the beautiful and majestic…the big and small…and the odd and unusual. He will also show us some of his gear—both typical and unusual—that he uses to enhance his visits in the woods.

Last Chance Food Station at the 2022 Birkie

Last Saturday, the Waskahegan Trail Association was at the Canadian Birkebeiner Ski Festival handing out warm drinks and food to the skiers.

The WTA has been providing refreshments since the festival began in 1985. We operate the Last Chance Food Station at Meadow Shelter in the Blackfoot

The skiers travel a distance between 2 km and 55 km, depending on the event. The toughest event is the Torskeklubben where the skier starts 55 km away at the Ukrainian Village and carries a 12 pound pack (about the weight of a young crown prince).

By the time the skiers arrived at our Last Chance Food Station, they really appreciated the warm Gatorade and the snacks. (The WTA was the first to begin offering warm drinks.)

In addition to boiling water and handing out drinks, we kept two fires going—one outside and another inside the shelter.

For the volunteers, it was a great day, starting with the drive out to Blackfoot at 7 a.m. Lunch was catered by Capella—what a treat!

Thanks to Sherry Kunkel for organizing the food station and to everyone who volunteered. You can find more photos on Flickr.