GBF 2021 - Winter Newsletter

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: Brooke Harrison Follow us on Charitable Number 89531 1066 RR 0001 Helen Bryce Janet Burt Adam Chamberlain, Chair Terry Clark Paul Emond Doug Heintzman Neil Hutchinson Anne Randell Joe Tucker IMPROVING COMMUNICATIONS By Paul Emond, Chair of GBF Communication and Marketing Committee ARE YOU LIVING GROUNDHOG DAY OVER AND OVER? By Adam Chamberlain, Chair of Georgian Bay Forever If you have seen the film Groundhog Day you will understand what I mean when I say I feel like Bill Murray’s character, Phil. In the movie, Phil experiences Groundhog Day over and over again. The movie chronicles his efforts to find a way to escape from a seemingly never- ending replay of February 2nd, and to get to February 3rd and days beyond. As the movie progresses, Phil goes to bed each night having relived a slightly different version of the same day (Groundhog Day). Each “next” morning he is awakened by the same alarm clock at the same time on February 2nd and sets out (again) to try to change something…any- thing…that will allow him to move on with his life beyond that day. Sound familiar? We are all in a reality that feels a little like Phil’s as we try to move beyond our own COVID-19 Groundhog Day. It would seem, fortunately, that there is some light at the end of our tunnel that Phil did not have. With a little luck, vaccines, better treatment and warmer weather will bring better times. Whether that comes before, during or after the summer remains to be seen but it will come and life will soon begin to feel less like an endless feedback loop. When that happens we will get back to where we would more normally be, and (most importantly) back together with those we love—our family and friends. GBF has managed remarkably through this strange period thanks to the hard work of our staff and volunteers and through the steadfast financial support of many of you. On behalf of GBF, I extend a heartfelt thank you for all that hard work and support. The challenges are continuing and we need your ongoing support; but we can see the future in the approaching distance—our collective February 3rd. Dear Friends of Georgian Bay Forever, As the new chair of the GBF Communication and Marketing Committee, I’d like to know if and how we might improve communications, especially about our research on the Bay and our education programs. We initiated an email survey in October. If you didn’t fill it out by email last fall, we want to extend that invitation to you—it just takes a couple of minutes to complete. Please access the 5-minute Communication and Marketing survey at: If you believe everything is just fine, we’d love to hear that too, perhaps by way of a note to me, Paul Emond, at Thank you for your time, your feedback on communication and for your continuing support. Sincerely, Paul Emond 2 | WINTER 2021 | GBF.ORG