Marine Heritage Society brings historical update to Council
by Sandy Lindsay
October 5, 2016
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Mike Sterling of Southampton recently presented an update of the volunteer-driven Marine Heritage Society's (MHS) achievements over the years since its inception, originally as the Propeller Club.
Sterling, a volunteer who has won awards such as the Queen's Jubilee Award and the Governor General's Award for volunteerism, told Council that the MHS has been a group that has asked little of Saugeen Shores Town Council except support for the organization's many endeavours.
(L) Mike Sterling and John Rigby - two of Chantry Island restoration project's original members
Sterling, accompanied by John Rigby, are two of the remaining members of the original Propeller Club that restored the Chantry Island Lighthouse and Keeper's Quarters, turning the island into a viable, self-sustaining tourist destination.
Sterling pointed out that there had been several partnerships with MHS over the years that have contributed to the Chantry Island project's success:
Each of the partners has played an integral role in Marine Heritage Society's and Chantry Island's on-going success.
Sterling also pointed out that Chantry
Island has become a major tourist destination in Saugeen Shores and
has had a substantial economic impact on the area.
In the end, Sterling summed up the group's presentation saying that the reason everyone volunteers is ...
"We are leaving
part of ourselves for the future ... [by saying] ... We Were Here!"
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Wednesday, October 05, 2016