Director’s Notes: Inspiration

Director’s Notes: Inspiration

by Jill Ryan

I was truly inspired this weekend at the G r e a t L a k e s Aquatic Habitat Network and Fund Grassroots S y m p o s i u m . Hearing the stories of local community leaders from across the Great Lakes Basin left me humbled and in awe. These heroes and heroines of our time are quietly practicing democracy and public engagement in order to bring a better quality of life to their communities.

These leaders advocate for clean water, protection of habitat for our fish and wildlife populations, maintaining the integrity of our wild places and so much more. In doing so they are telling the members of their communities and decision makers that immediate short-term gain is not more worthy than long-term health and well-being for our future generations.

The stories shared at the symposium exemplify the accomplishments that are possible when local community leaders work to inspire those around them to care for our future. I thank each person that attended the symposium and shared their personal stories. Your leadership truly does provide me with inspiration to continue the work we have all taken on, ensuring a vital Great Lakes region for future generations.

“Leadership is based on inspiration, not domination; on cooperation, not intimidation.”
– William Arthur Wood



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