Avocational Archaeologist, Historian
Rory was presented with the inaugural Board of Directors Award for his outstanding contribution to Bonnechere Provincial Park, and his love of the area and the people who have called Algonquin and Bonnechere home, particularly over the last 150 years. Rory is an accomplished teacher, avocational archaeologist, librarian, blacksmith and author. Rory authored Spirits of the Little Bonnechere, which was published by the FBP in 1997.
Rory was also recognized for giving so much of his time and spirit to the efforts of the FBP. He has conducted pioneer blacksmith demonstrations at the Park, aided in the research and writing of Discover the Spirits of the Little Bonnechere, established the Friends’ first website, donated historic artifacts for display at the Park, and provided a wealth of research and support to several Park projects including the Bonnechere Cultural Heritage Project.