By Jack Giroux
My three years at Georgian Bay Forever has given me the opportunity to learn and grow in ways that I still can’t fully appreciate. This experience provided me the tools necessary to overcome many challenges and obstacles.
I now consider these skills to be fundamental as I transition into the next chapter of my life. As a student, I am grateful to have spent three amazing summers surrounded by my peers and like-minded individuals. Any student would agree, the ability to work outside, in your field of study, and contribute to a vital cause sounds like a dream. My three years at GBF is only further proof of how vital these experiences are. The connections and social networks presented to me at GBF have laid the foundation for my future. As an environmentalist, I am amazed at the impact our work has on impleading the success of Phragmites in our coastal wetlands.
After investing three years of my life, I can attest to the value this program provides to our community. The effort of myself and those who came before me have been successful by every metric. From what I have seen, the range of the coastal outbreak has been contained to a much more manageable level. Not only has cutting been effective, but education and community outreach has also had an impact. Our team is commended by cottagers and community members daily.
Despite our success, there is still a lot more that needs to be done. The fight against Phragmites is undeniably an uphill battle. I appreciate the chances that I have been given and hope that those who come after me will enjoy it as much as I did. GBF Notes: If you are interested in working with Georgian Bay Forever this summer, check back with us in March to see what jobs are available. There are also plenty of volunteer opportunities, especially in the summer.
More about Jack Giroux
Jack Giroux recently completed his fourth year of Environmental Studies at Wilfred Laurier University. He grew up in Toronto and enjoys spending the majority of his summers on the shores of Georgian Bay. His education, coupled with the privilege of cottaging on our great lakes, has given me a unique perspective and deep respect for both the bay and the communities that strive to protect it. Thank you, Jack, for your passion and work, and sharing your reflections with all of us.