Calling all ‘Guardians of the Bay’!
As many of you know, the GBA celebrated its 100 Year Anniversary a couple years ago. As part of those celebrations, we reflected on the past 100 years on the Bay, then turned and discussed the future – the next 100 years on the Bay. All parties agreed that we want to preserve and protect Georgian Bay so that future generations can enjoy it just as we have.
The “Guardians of the Bay” (GOTB) ethic was born out of those celebrations, as an initiative to permeate a mentality of protection and preservation across all parties that touch Georgian Bay, in any way, big or small.
What does being a Guardian of the Bay mean?
- That you have a deep appreciation and respect for Georgian Bay and recognize that it is a special and fragile place
- That you understand human actions, attitudes and decisions have a significant effect on the state of the Georgian Bay ecosystem (water, wildlife, land, nature, air) in the future
- You care enough about Georgian Bay to base your actions, decisions and behaviors, in favor of long term health and sustainability of the Georgian Bay ecosystem
Who can be a Guardian of the Bay?
- Anyone! It doesn’t matter how old you are, why Georgian Bay is important to you, or how big or small your story is – we want to hear from you!
We are looking for stories that exemplify Guardians of the Bay behavior, to share and promote, as a way to spread the ethic and encourage more GOTB behaviors. If helpful, you can submit your story by answering these questions:
- What’s your name and what’s your connection to Georgian Bay?
- Why is being a Guardian of the Bay important to you?
- What’s your story that exemplifies the Guardians of the Bay ethic?
Please send your stories (as a word document) and a picture or two to Jamie Drayton (GBA’s Guardians of the Bay Committee Chair) at firstname.lastname@example.org, and we’ll do our best to feature your story on our website and on social media. We look forward to hearing from you!
Latest Guardians of the Bay Profiles
- Helen Bryce of Pointe au Baril Islanders’ Association – February 2021
- Sandy Thompson of Cognashene Cottagers’ Association – October 2020
- Celesta Bjornson and Sheila Williams of Bay of Islands Community Association – November 2019
- Luc Voorn of South Channel Association – October 2019
- Kathryn Davis of Woods Bay Association – July 2019
- Peter and Judy Hatcher of Sans Souci and Copperhead Association – May 2019