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Freda Klassen presenting Harvey and Lorna their Honorary Life Membership Award
Harvey and Lorna with artist and neighbor, Andy Nairn, at their home in Beaverstone Bay
At the 2022 Annual Members' Meeting held on Sunday, July 31, Lorna and Harvey Mierke, Jr., two of our most long-standing and impactful association members, were named as our first Honorary Life Members. Along with the honor, they received a print made by member and Beaverstone Bay neighbor, Andrea Nairn. At the meeting, Freda Klassen, GBA representative and former Board member, presented the award to the Mierkes: "The names Harvey and Lorna go hand in hand like Simon and Schuster, Fish and Chips, Wine and Cheese … you don’t get the best of one without the other." Freda's heartfelt remarks reflected Harvey and Lorna's decades-long commitment to the bay, fellow residents (permanent and seasonal) and the association: "Lorna and Harvey, you continue to set the perfect example, for all of us, of dedication to the environment and your community. We thank you!" The resounding standing ovation reflected their wonderful legacy and the many friendships they have across our northern Georgian Bay community.
In December 2021, the NGBA Board learned that John Hollick, property owner in Beaverstone Bay, on behalf of Save our Islands (SOI), submitted an application to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario (HRTO) against the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs and the Sudbury office of the Ministry of Northern Development, Mines, Natural Resources and Forestry regarding the potential transfer of area islands to Wiikwemkoong. A press release and article in The Sudbury Star indicated that "Hollick contends these islands were historically used by non-natives and their inclusion in a deal with the First Nation ignores ongoing public usage of the area." As noted in our President's Letter to NGBA members dated December 17, 2021, we have assured Chief Peltier and the Ministry of Indigenous Affairs that NGBA are not involved in the HRTO application and that we remain firmly committed to concluding our Agreement with Wiikwemkoong in relation to the land claim, and continuing to develop neighbourly relations. We also note that John Hollick has not been a member of NGBA for several years now.
Get your NGBA t-shirt! The 2022 Membership Drive includes this great NGBA logo t-shirt offer. All property owners/Primary members (or identified representative) were sent a mailing with the updated 2022 Dues Notice, a flyer with a t-shirt order form, and a stamped return envelope. Each paid Primary Member registration that completes an order form will receive two t-shirts.
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Beat the winter blues! Join us on Wednesday, February 23rd at 7:00 - 8:00pm EST for a virtual gathering of NGBA members and friends. We'll get the latest on what's happening around Georgian Bay from the GBA leadership and provide updates from the issues that matter to our membership!
Join us! The 2021 Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 27 at 7:00pm. We're looking forward to bringing everyone together virtually, once again, to update our membership on all things NGBA, including news from Killarney. We'll also be joined by friends from GBA for an association update.
On July 19, the Government of Canada issued a news release announcing an easing of border restrictions for fully vaccinated travelers. American citizens and permanent residents, starting August 9, who have been fully vaccinated 14 days prior to crossing into Canada will be allowed entry. All travelers will be required to submit travel information and proof of vaccination via ArriveCAN (app or web) and have paper documentation ready for possible inspection. Restrictions on travel from other countries may be lifted on September 7. For more details see the full News Release.
The NGBA logo was originally created from a drawing by Lorna Mierke (Beaverstone Bay) who took her inspiration from the windswept pines and granite rocks that characterize northern Georgian Bay. The image has been a feature on NGBA letterhead for years. We asked Andy Nairn (Beaverstone Bay), also an artist, to update Lorna’s work to help us create a new look for our website. The green-blue circle evokes the lands and waters of the region and represents the human and ecological communities the NGBA seeks to steward.