Former Brooke-Alvinston mayor part of the 2023 class of Lambton Ag Hall of Fame

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Former Brooke-Alvinston mayor Don McGugan and his wife, Anne, are among the inductees into the Lambton Agriculture Hall of Fame.

McGugan, a long time municipal politician, was born on the family farm on Old Walnut Road. He got his start in agriculture in the 1950s when he was young showing calves and pigs in 4-H. He later serving as president of the Lambton County Junior Farmers. The McGugans hosted the International Plowing Match in 1973.

Eventually, in 2000-2001 when McGugan was president of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture.

Don and Anne McGugan during 1973 International Plowing Match in Alvinston.

Anne, who helps McGugan who has vision impairment with all of council and committee work, is also a member of the Women’s Institute and plays an active role in a number of community groups.

In his political life, McGugan advocated for the agriculture industry when he served at the county level.

Joining the McGugan in the Lambton Agricultural Hall of Fame with be George and Agnes Dickenson. The beef farmers have been active members of the Lambton Federation of Agriculture and the Lambton Farm Safety Association for years. In 2018, they led a pilot project to create a better way for firefighters to deal with on farm emergencies instead of the the “plan on a post” which was in place.

George has also been politically active, advocating for farmers in the former Township of Clearwater at Sarnia Council on agriculture issues including taxes.

Jim Johnston will also be inducted during the July 22 celebration.