Posted by Colin Heggie on May 04, 2021
Valerie Cherwoniak is Manager of the Mackie Lake House, a well-known historic 1910-built home on five acres of Kalamalka Lake waterfront.  Originally part of Lord Aberdeen’s Coldstream Ranch, the property was occupied over the years by the Buchanan, Layton & Mackie families.  Late in his life, Paddy Mackie had the property “Heritage Designated,” & following his 1999 death, it passed to a foundation for community use.  The Foundation’s mandate is “to preserve & present the buildings, grounds, furnishings, & related history of Mackie Lake House for the enjoyment & education of the public.”  They have education programs for school children, using the Joan Heriot Environmental Centre, often including walks to the nearby bird sanctuary; present annual Kal & Seaton high school grad scholarships; & periodically host an artist in residence, with a showing.  Funds are raised through tours, & rentals for weddings, memorials, seminars, “Music at Mackie,” afternoon teas, & other events.  They have volunteer archivists, & are looking forward to publishing a book about Paddy & the House, by Ken Mather.  Goals include “Artisan Afternoons,” a renovation of the old cottage, & most importantly, addition of an accessible washroom in the grounds.  Unfortunately, Valerie came to the House at the same time Covid-19 restrictions came, so she’s looking forward to ramping up her plans when crowds can return.  She’s coordinating with other local attractions, intending for them to cross-promote & support each other.