The Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation has received a donation of $100,000 in the name of one of the lake’s tireless champions.
The Foundation accepted the donation made in memory of Mary Jane Brinkos, one of the original Ladies of the Lake. This group of local volunteers is committed to preserving and improving the health of Lake Simcoe.
Ms. Brinkos died in Barrie on January 29 at the age of 77 and is being remembered as a hero to the lake. “Mary Jane’s energy and her tireless efforts to protect Lake Simcoe and raise awareness of issues affecting its health leave a wonderful legacy of advocacy,” said Foundation Executive Director Cheryl Taylor.
“My family and I are delighted. We thank Friday Harbour, Geranium, and our friend Dan Davidson for arranging this touching and generous acknowledgment. This is so fitting and in harmony with my mother’s passion for her precious lake’s health,” said her daughter, Diana Brinkos, who encouraged others to support the Foundation with donations of their own.
The donation was made by Friday Harbour Resort Managing Partner Jim De Gasperis in Ms. Brinkos’ name, while the resort has contributed almost $300,000 to date to support the Foundation and its efforts. Those who wish to make a donation in Ms. Brinkos’ name can go to the Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation website.
Feature image courtesy Lake Simcoe Conservation Foundation. Mary Jane Brinkos with Shauna Dudding during a 2017 Foundation event