Toasting Lake Huron's coast, supporting programs

Saturday, May 4, 2019
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Bethany Davidson, artist, founder of World Rooted


Toasting Lake Huron's coast, supporting Coastal Centre programs for lake

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (Coastal Centre) is inviting supporters of Lake Huron to attend Toast the Coast: An Evening for Lake Huron on Saturday, May 4, 2019.

Organizers say all are welcome to celebrate the community of volunteers, donors and supporters behind the Coastal Centre’s environmental programs and services that span the coast. The event will take place at Beach Street Station in Goderich and features speakers, live music, and a first-ever Lake Huron coastal art exhibition. 

Now in its 21st year, the Coastal Centre continues to guide and support sustainable environmental practices along Lake Huron’s coastline. As a registered charitable organization, more than 97 per cent of the Centre’s work is funded through donations and grants.

“This event is much more than just a fundraiser,” said Erinn Lawrie, Executive Director for the Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation. “It’s a celebration of Lake Huron, the great work that has been done and the important work that still needs to happen. This is an opportunity to make a real difference and connect with other supporters of Lake Huron.” 

The Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation (LHCCC) has partnered with World Rooted: The Art Project for the People (WRAPP), a collective of artists that celebrate conservation and humanitarian works through art.

World Rooted founder Bethany Davidson is coordinating the coastal art exhibit that will feature 13 talented artists.

“The crossroad of art with science and compassion is where healthy humanity resides, where true progress is made,” said Davidson. “We’re thrilled to be meeting the Coastal Centre there in such a beautiful, historic venue. Our works are themed around the word ‘Carried,’ for all the things the Lake means to us. You can follow our journey at #carriedtothecoast.”

The event features three speakers, each with a unique perspective of Lake Huron:

  • Hitting Lake Bottom: What do the Underwater Contours Tell us About Lake Huron? - Patrick Donnelly, Coastal Scientist, Lake Huron Centre for Coastal Conservation
  • Traditional Knowledge about ‘Nibi’ (Water) – Lynn Rosales, Aamjiwnaang First Nation
  • Carried to the Coast – Bethany Ann Davidson, Artist and Founder of World Rooted

“A live jazz band, art, cocktails at the beach, silent auction – there is something for everyone at Toast the Coast,” according to organizers.

Tickets are $60 and will be available for purchase online starting March 12, 2019. Space is limited, so the event organizers recommend reserving tickets early. 

“This highly anticipated event will raise funds to support the LHCCC’s many lakewide coastal conservation programs,” said Lawrie.

For more information on the Toast the Coast event, please visit www.lakehuron.ca/toast