The Seaway Kiwanis Log Cabin is a replacement for the original log cabin. The original cabin had become decayed and rotten to the point where it was unsafe for use. The new cabin hemlock log materials were purchased from the Ecolog Company in Haliburton, Ontario. The cost for this new cabin was $85,000. The Norman & Judith Alix Foundation provided $35,000. toward the costs and the Seaway Kiwanis Club provided $50,000.
Several Seaway Kiwanis members volunteered their time and effort to build this cabin. In addition, several community volunteers also helped construct the new log cabin. Volunteer Dan Abraham was the crew leader for the various groups.
Many local construction companies donated their equipment and materials to this log cabin project, including the Aluma Safway Company, Sarnia Concrete, Mammoet Cranes, Sterling Cranes, Jebco Cranes, Don Allison Cranes, Sarnia Heating & Cooling, Olgivie Electric, The Carpenters Union, Lambton College Building & Trades Program, Sarcor Rebar, Curran Recycling and others.
In the photo attached with the six volunteers...names from left to right include Ken Stothers, Brian MacDonald, Ken Machan, Al Sharon, Phil Abraham, and Dan Abraham. Others Seaway members and community volunteers not in the photo included
Mark Gagnier, Rick Alexander, Ian MacKenzie, Ed Huisman, Ves Suvajac, Dick Carey, Cheri Ferns, Donna Kelso,
Don Ver Beem, Mary Laur, Craig Machan, Tracey Machan, Brianne Machan, Devonna Stothers, Jim Smith, and Katherine Sullivan.
The log cabin furnishings were prepared by Cheri Ferns, Donna Kelso and Don Ver Beem. Don actually constructed several furniture items from old barn wood, including a beautiful ten foot table, benches, a bookcase, etc.
The fireplace was constructed by Mark Gagnier. This beautiful ten-foot-high fireplace was created from stone selected by Mark and the stones were set in place individually. Rick Alexander assisted with much of the trim on the cabin.
Two new park benches were installed near the new cabin, one thanking Dan Abraham for his leadership, and one for the Aluma Safway Company for their tremendous support for this project.
A Time Capsule was prepared by Seaway Kiwanis member Frank Stancic. This time capsule was attached to the rafters of the log cabin with a plaque to be opened in 50 years. The official opening of the new Seaway Kiwanis Log Cabin was set for May, 2022, with Mayor Mike Bradley cutting the ribbon.
This new log cabin will be used for The Annual Christmas At The Farm, The Annual Easter At The Farm, The Annual Halloween At The Farm, as well as weddings and other community events.The Seaway Kiwanis Co-chairs for this Log Cabin Project were Ken Stothers and Ken Machan.