Blue Bayfield Believes that a Healthy Lake Begins on Land.
Blue Bayfield is an organization of concerned citizens located in the beautiful village of Bayfield, Ontario. Blue Bayfield’s mission is to reduce the use of disposable plastics and prevent plastic and pollutants from entering our Great Lake and waterways.
Blue Bayfield is responsible for installing multiple water bottle refilling stations throughout the village, providing a mobile water unit at events and locations where no potable water is available, hosting and participating in beach and park clean ups, educating the local community on this important topic and encouraging action!
Blue Bayfield works alongside many other local community groups, businesses and government to help create a sustainable environment from land to lake.
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Blue Bayfield’s Committee Members
A Bayfield resident since 2011, Mary Brown feels privileged to live in such a beautiful part of the world, within a dynamic and energetic community. Mary is the manager of the Bayfield Farmers’ Market, a truly local market featuring only products that are grown or made within 75 km of Bayfield. This year, Mary is leading efforts to “blue” the market by encouraging the use of refillable water bottles and made-in-Huron cloth market bags, and by sourcing compostable packaging for vendors. Mary is a career educator and a proud supporter of the Green Party of Canada.
Retired school teacher who has had a life-long interest in environmental issues providing a healthy planet for all. She moved to Bayfield in 2006 from London. Sondra is a co-founder of The Bayfield Tree Project which began in 2011 and has been successful in planting 400 trees in the village of Bayfield to date. Sondra is a member of the Bluewater Community in Blooms Committee.
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Betty Durst is a retired professor in Health Sciences from Seneca College. She has a passion for human health promotion in relation to environmental challenges. With a Masters in Environmental Studies from York University she has had opportunities to address her interests in human health and ecosystems in her career. Two examples are the study of effects of lead on community health in Toronto and the study of health effects of uranium contamination on a First Nations community in Blind River Ontario. She is currently motivated by her two grandchildren and the Paris Agreement to take action to address climate change. She is a member of the Council of Canadians.
William (Bill) Higgs
Bill is a retired teacher and long time resident of Bayfield. An avid outdoorsman and gardener, he has found time over the last 20 years to serve on Bayfield Council and the Board of Pioneer Park and as chair of the AMGH Hospital Foundation. He is founding member of Friends of the Bayfield River and has dedicated many hours to water testing and acting as an advocate for the environment locally and along the coastline. He is a pillar of the Trinity Anglican Church where he has promotes environmental issue.
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Ken Larone is a retired journalist who was raised in Seaforth, worked 55 years in Toronto and retired to Bayfield nine years ago. Larone’s journalism career included developing and owning the first suburban newspaper chain in Canada. He sold his newspapers to The Toronto Star and rose to become the Star’s assistant managing editor. Later he was hired by Labatt Breweries to create and publish Canadian Living magazine, the largest women’s service magazine in Canada. He later repositioned TV Guide Canada, the largest magazine in the country. Ken is an active member of the Bayfield environmental community and the Ratepayers Association.
Retired school administrator and recipient of the Prime Ministers Award for teaching of science and technology. He has been engaged in environmental movement in Huron County for 20 years with Friends of the Bayfield River, Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and Bayfield Blue Community Project. He has initiated partnerships with like-minded organizations along the Huron Coastline and through his writings in THE HURON COUNTY PAPER encouraged citizens to respect their streams, rivers and lakes. His contribution to environmental protection has been recognized locally Conversationalist of the Year and nationally as finalist in Earth Day Canada’s Home Town Hero.
Roger was raised on a farm in Middlesex County, and graduated from the University of Waterloo. He served as general management and sales management positions with Saint-Gobain Corporation. He lives in Bayfield with his wife Pat and operates a small business. He is past President of the Bayfield and Area Chamber of Commerce and has served in executive positions with community groups: heritage, conservation, and recreation. In 2016 he was the recipient of the Outstanding Citizen Award in Huron Bruce. As chair of Huron Land Trust Conservatory, believes the land is an opportunity to secure and protect lands for future generations.
I have a great partner, two wonderful daughters and an amazing grandson. Before retirement I worked as a teacher, spending eleven rewarding years in Adult Education. In 1998 I retired and moved to Bayfield where my partner and I started a small gardening business. My favourite pastime is long-distance hiking. The biggest surprise of retirement was becoming a fitness instructor. The conservation of water and energy have always been concerns of mine so I’m happy to work for the Blue Community Project. I am excited to be part of this movement and look forward to achieving new objectives.
Jack earned a Ph.D. in Chemistry. He held many research positions with Royal Dutch Shell and Dow Chemical. While at Dow he joined the Board of SEEDS Foundation and later became President of K.E.Y. Foundation, not-for-profit organizations undertaking curriculum and teacher development related to a sustainable environment. He was the Director of Education for Dow Canada, implementing a science literacy curriculum for elementary schools. He later became President of Shad Valley, a leadership program in STEM for Canada’s brightest high school students. In Bayfield he has been involved with many local organizations including Bayfield River Valley Trail Association and Blue Community.
Jen is a geographer, filmmaker and adventurer fascinated by human-environment interaction. Her academic, film and expedition work has focused on environmental and social responsibility projects around the world – most recently she has focused on the health of the world’s waterways, specifically relating to plastic and toxic pollution. Global Biodiversity Ambassador for Ibex Earth; Mission Coordinator & Leader for eXXpedition Atlantic, Caribbean & Great Lakes; Co-owner and operator of Windmill Lake Wake & Eco Park; Executive Director of Your Frontier Films; Co-founder of Love Your Greats; proud member of Blue Bayfield & Blue Community Bayfield. Read more at: www.jenniferpate.com
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Shelagh grew up on Lake Huron and after years working in the social service sector, retired to Bayfield. She and her partner developed an environmentally friendly garden business. In 1998 she joined Friends of the Bayfield River and became engaged in water testing and aquatic habitat studies as well as a tree planter both at home and in the watershed. Her environment commitment extends to a concern for plastic pollution in the waters and is committed to the eradication of plastic from our land and water. Shelagh is a founding member of Bayfield Blue Community and a passionate birder.