GBF 2020 - Fall

Georgian Bay Forever is a community response to the growing need for major research and education to sustain the Georgian Bay aquatic ecosystem and the quality of life its communities and visitors enjoy. We help monitor the Bay’s well being, throughout the seasons, year after year. We fund the research needed to protect the environmental health of Georgian Bay and the surrounding bodies of water. Using our research findings, we inform and educate the general public and governments about threats to environmental health and propose possible solutions. Through workshops, seminars and online, we are educating the Georgian Bay community. By teaming up with reputable institutions, we enhance the credibility of our research and strengthen our ability to protect what’s at stake. Georgian Bay Forever is a registered Canadian charity (#89531 1066 RR0001). We work with the Great Lakes Basin Conservancy in the United States, as well as other stakeholder groups all around the Great Lakes. Deeply rooted and broadly drawn, Georgian Bay Forever is steered by lifelong devotees of the Bay. We are committed advocates, educators, environmentalists, realists, idealists, and of course, residents. DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR David Sweetnam OUR CONTACT DETAILS Georgian Bay Forever PO Box 75347, Leslie St., Toronto, ON M4M 1B3 tel: 905-880-4945 You can reach David Sweetnam, our Executive Director, at or at 905-880-4945, ext 1. Canadian citizens may send their donations to the address above. U.S. citizens wishing to make a donation to support our work can do so by giving to: Great Lakes Basin Conservancy PO Box 504, Gates Mills, OH 44040-0504, USA This newsletter is just a snapshot of our work. For the most up-to-date information on our projects, longer versions of newsletter articles and breaking news about Georgian Bay, please become a regular visitor to our website and Facebook page. GBF.ORG Design by Key Gordon ( Editor: Heather Sargeant Cover Photo: Heather Sargeant Follow us on Helen Bryce Janet Burt Adam Chamberlain, Chair Terry Clark Paul Emond Doug Heintzman Neil Hutchinson Anne Randell Joe Tucker IN THE FOLLOWING PAGES, FIND OUT WHY GBF HAS BEEN YOUR TRUSTED PARTNER FOR 25 YEARS. By Helen Bryce, volunteer GBF Director and Chair of GBF’s Education Committee Georgian Bay Forever has reached a significant threshold. We are 25 years old! To celebrate, we asked past and current board officers, municipalities, donors and partner organizations to reflect back on our accomplishments in Georgian Bay, their memories and to share their dreams about the future. You’ll find their quotes throughout this newsletter and marked with a 25th logo. Please know we thank all participants! We received so much response that there were too many to print. We will be sharing them on social media and online over the Fall (including these comments from past Board officers at ). To kick it off, we asked our current Chair and Executive Director to tell us what turning 25 means to them. “A mere 25 years ago, people who love Georgian Bay saw the need to support significantly more science, research and related activity in order to protect the Bay and its waters. GBF continues that activity now and with the steadfast support of many (financial and “sweat” equity), we persevere. We look forward to working together over the next 25 years to protect the Bay for future generations—deep into the future eras and epochs.” Adam Chamberlain, Chair. “Celebrating a quarter of a century is an expression of the passion our Georgian Bay community have with our beloved Bay. Having the privilege of leading this organization to new heights over the past decade has given me the opportunity to work with our caring and generous donors and the numerous skilled and wise volunteer directors, committee members and staff. We have blos- somed into an effective charity working for Georgian Bay and our Great Lakes waters.” David Sweetnam , Executive Director. Picture courtesy of Rod Jones. 2 | FALL 2020 | GBF.ORG CELEBRATING 25 YEARS