Peacekeeper Park Cabin: an IODE Ontario Project
A Living Memorial is a registered charity with four primary objectives:
Further information about the park can be found at:
In April 2010, IODE Ontario pledged to build one cabin for Peacekeeper Park within five years.
At the April 2012 Provincial Annual Meeting in Hamilton, we presented Major Eugene Smith (Ret.) and Mrs. Linda Smith, from Peacekeeper Park, a cheque for the cost to build this cabin. At that time we continued our pledge to build yet another cabin.
Major Eugene Smith (Ret.) and Mrs. Linda Smith joined us at our 94th Annual Meeting, 26 April 2014 to accept a second cheque to build another cabin.
The IODE cabins are 20 feet by 20 feet insulated structures that are fully accessible and built with materials that are as flame resistant as possible. Each cabin will have 8 sets of bunk beds, therefore sleeping 16 campers, with a free living space of 214 square feet. There will be 2 doors in each cabin with cross ventilation supplied by windows. The roof is designed to overhang the front of the building by four feet thus allowing for the construction of a covered porch and access ramp.
Thank you to the members and friends who have embraced this project and contributed generously to achieve this goal.
Peacekeeper Park is a living memorial, a park which salutes our Canadian Peacekeepers with white crosses marking the Path of Honour. It is also a camp that is open year-round for all cadet and youth groups, 911 training groups, and for Canadian Armed Forces and their families. It is one of the few subsidized adventure camps in Canada for youth with special challenges - physical, mental or behavioral.
The camp has introduced a new area for Canadian Forces personnel affected by PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder) known as the Broken Wing Project. Southwestern Ontario has the highest number per capita of PTSD sufferers in the Canadian Forces.
Peacekeeper Park is set on lands owned by the Kettle Creek Conservation Authority, known as Lake Whittaker, located north of Aylmer, east of London, in Middlesex County, Ontario.