… to all who helped create this emographic* about the Lake Simcoe Protection Plan -- and to all of you who are interested.
The future of our lake depends on people from different walks of life working together. In 2007, citizens began working alongside government on the creation of a Lake Simcoe Protection Act and Plan. This also began the evolution of the Lake Simcoe watershed into a living laboratory where scientific and social innovation could both bring value to the future.
This project demonstrates the value of cross-sectoral efforts. It began with a committee to agree on a general direction. Thanks to Renee Jarrett (LSRCA), Carolyn Switzer and Katherine Welch (MOECC), Rebecca Dolson (MNR), and Rob Hare and Pete Schut (representing the private sector) on the Lake Simcoe Coordinating Committee.
Next was group participation to capture the key principles of Lake Simcoe’s blueprint for action by creating a “mind map”. Architect and Experience Designer Milena Vujanovic inspired that forum, then brought her flair and knowledge forward to the creative/graphic design of this emographic. The design team included the astounding logistical and technical expertise of ColorShadow Communications.
Also playing an important part were the images of the Lake Simcoe watershed captured by citizens and professional photographers. Images in each section were highly curated to bring the best experience forward, and we would like to give special thanks to the following:
Aerial view of Cook’s Bay, Lake Simcoe by Joe Mabel. (File licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 Unported license)
People at work photo by Danielle Koren
Citizen-generated images from the What Kind of World Do You Want? presentation assembled by change agent Hilary Van Welter in 2007
Once Upon A Time
Images by Mark Setter
A Heritage Lake
Background image by Mark Setter. Historic images assembled by Heritage Lake Simcoe and the Innisfil Historical Society
Discovering Prosperity’s Price
Images curated by the Innisfil Historical Society and York Region
Lake Simcoe photo by Danielle Koren
Images from What Kind of World Do You Want? presentation
Ladies Of The Lake Calendar Cover, 2010, by Jim Panou
The Plan & What’s Next
Images sourced and/or created by design team, with special animated pieces coming from diverse groups:
The clip from What Kind of World Do You Want? had great music from Five for Fighting Excerpt here is from teens involved in the WASTE Film project’s 18 youth films about the lake. See www.wastefilms.caThe Chippewa of Georgina Island’s walk around the lake is only a clip. Their full perspective, titled WAAWAASE’AAGAMING, may be seen by clicking here.
However, all this great work is just a start. The most important thing about this site is its potential to grow. And this is where you come in! Please participate, share, and have fun being part of a growing family who understands why partnering with our lake brings a better future for us all.
Annabel Slaight, Supervising Producer
Chair, Ontario Water Centre
This project has received funding support from the Government of Ontario. Such support does not indicate endorsement by the Government of Ontario of the contents of this material.