Dr. Margaret Bain,
Editor of Birders
Journal, Friends of Second Marsh Honorary Board Member
"Oshawa Second Marsh has always been one of my favourite
birding spots because of its wonderful biodiversity as well
as its habit of attracting rare and unusual species. The marsh
is truly a jewel worth preserving, and with more and more
people becoming interested in conserving natural areas and
wildlife, I am delighted that the new interpretive centre
will give so many an introduction to this fascinating wetland
ecosystem and a chance to learn about the rich natural history
we have all around us."
Mr. Fred Bodsworth,
Noted author on natural history,
Friends of Second Marsh Honorary Board Member
"Wetlands are an excellent and exciting place
to begin to understand where we fit in the natural environment.
A wetlands interpretive centre, as proposed by Friends of Second
Marsh, will nurture an interest and sense of wonder in people of
all ages, and provide tremendous learning opportunities."
Hon. Ed. Broadbent, P.C.,
C.C., Former federal NDP leader, Friends of Second Marsh Honorary
"For many years there has been a growing
appreciation of the wonders of Oshawa's Second Marsh. Many have
been involved but unquestionably it has been the creative leadership
of Friends of Second Marsh during the past three decades that has
made the difference. They have succeeded in restoring and improving
a marvelous wetland. Now they have their imaginative new venture
for a learning centre about wetlands and wildlife. Future generations
will look back on this work with warm appreciation."
Hon. David Crombie, P.C.,
Waterfront Regeneration Trust Founding Chair, Friends of Second
Marsh Honorary Board Member
"No feature on the GTA waterfront has more
appeal or significance than Second Marsh in Oshawa. The
development of the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre will be a great addition
to the Waterfront Trail and it will allow Friends to fully
realize the tremendous educational and recreational potential that
exists at Second Marsh."
Mr. Michael Grimaldi,
General Motors of Canada Limited, Friends of Second Marsh Honorary
"General Motors of Canada proudly joins its
community partners in supporting the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre.
By preserving and nurturing this significant wetland, Friends of
Second Marsh will encourage generations of visitors to protect and
respect the natural world, and the Centre will help inform them
about the value of wetlands."
Mr. Glen Loates, Noted
wildlife artist, Friends of Second Marsh Honorary Board Member
"Our Canadian wetlands are a place of beauty
and inspiration, and an important link in the cycle of life. Many
animals would not survive without our wetlands. Over the years,
I have found a great source of material for my paintings here. It
is imperative that we preserve our remaining wetlands for future
generations to cherish and enjoy. A centre for learning about these
beautiful places is needed NOW. Friends of Second Marsh have taken
a giant step forward in order to help build this centre to provide
people of all ages with the opportunity to understand and appreciate
Mr. Gord Miller, Environmental
Commissioner of Ontario, Friends of Second Marsh Honorary Board
"Wetlands are critical for maintaining
the health of our environment through their role in protecting
water quality, through their biological diversity, and in numerous
other ways. The Great Lakes Wetlands Centre will encourage the protection
of wetlands by developing an appreciation of their value in the
many children and adults that visit it and Second Marsh."
Mr. Mike Shields,
Director Organizing, CAW Canada
"The CAW's participation in the Second Marsh
project is a logical extension of our belief in Social Unionism.
Our lives extend beyond collective bargaining and the workplace
and we must concern ourselves with issues such as the environment,
housing, taxation, education, medical services and the international
economy. Social unionism means unionism which is rooted in the workplace
but understands the importance of participating in, and influencing,
the general direction of society. The Great Lakes Wetlands Centre
is a vital component in the education of future generations."
Dr. Stuart Smith, former
Chairman of the National Roundtable on the Environment and the Economy,
Friends of Second Marsh Honorary Board Member
"The Great Lakes Wetlands Centre proposed
by Friends of Second Marsh will benefit the environment by illustrating
the crucial importance of wetlands and it will benefit the
economy by bringing visitors to the area. Its construction
and operation will respect nature and the surroundings; all in all
an outstanding example of sustainable development."
Chris Conti, Former Executive Director,
Friends of Second Marsh
"The only way that our children's heritage and the health
of our environment will be protected is if we come to understand
and appreciate the features and functions of areas like Second
Marsh. The Great Lakes Wetlands Centre provides a unique opportunity
to create this awareness and understanding in our children
and in the broader community."
Ken Ridge, Past
President, Friends of Second Marsh
"It is a privilege without parallel to serve
on the Board of Friends of Second Marsh and have a part in the creation
of the Great Lakes Wetlands Centre at Second Marsh. As a former
educator and avid birder, I know that the Centre will have immense
value in giving many people, young and old, a better understanding
of the natural world in general and wetlands in particular."
Russ Powell, CAO, Central
Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
"The Central Lake Ontario Conservation Authority
has a primary objective, the continuing existence of healthy watersheds
as a significant component of a healthy environment. Coastal marshes
at the bottom of our watersheds serve as a key indicator of upstream
health and a warning system of upstream problems. Second Marsh receives
the inflows from the Harmony, Black and Farewell Creeks as well
as the interface with Lake Ontario itself. A Great Lakes Wetlands
Centre would have the capability to educate and enlighten the broader
community on the science behind, and the stewardship of, not only
our marshes but their watersheds as well."
Mary Shea, Principal,
Durham District School Board
"Through our partnership with Friends of
Second Marsh, our students received valuable `real life' lessons
in the fundamentals of urban forestry and the value of urban woodlots
to their quality of life."
Tom Worden, Provincial
Chair for Ducks Unlimited Canada
"Second Marsh is the most precious wetland
within the heart of urban Canada and once restored it will provide
one of the most significant recreational experiences for the Greater
Toronto Area. Waterfowl, birds, fish, and other wildlife will benefit
from the marsh's restoration as well as people living near the marsh
and within the Greater Toronto Area."