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Mission & Vision

We believe that a healthy environment is crucial for the future of the people and businesses in the Great Lakes watershed.  Our mission is to promote a community that grows economically, culturally and socially while both preserving and enhancing the unique environment in which we live.

Specific Goals

Enhance our Economy – ensure that Chatham-Kent and the Great Lakes area takes advantage of the global shift towards sustainable development and resource management.

Build our Community – encourage individuals, businesses and organizations to work together and provide long term solutions to challenges that in turn, protect our environment and human health.

Promote & Protect Nature – raise awareness, appreciation for the natural world and acknowledge our dependence upon its health for our present and future well-being.

Our Board of Directors

Chris KnightChris Knight – President

Chris was born and raised on the shore of Lake Erie.  After leaving home to attend the University of Waterloo, he has returned to Chatham-Kent to teach high school and farm.  As an avid hunter, outdoorsman, and woodlot owner Chris is a proponent of nature and the unique natural heritage found in the Great Lakes area.

Denise Helmer-JohnstonDenise Helmer-Johnston – Vice President

Denise is a mother, wife, daughter, sister and member of the Munsee-Delaware Nation. She lives in Chatham-Kent and calls a small village on the south shore of Nova Scotia her second home. Denise is also a teacher and has lived and taught in several countries. She is involved in the Great Lakes Community Eco Initiative for her children and for the generations who have not yet been born.

Kelly JohnsonKelly Johnson – Secretary

Kelly grew up on a farm in the former Orford Township and now lives at RR 3 Ridgetown.  Kelly attended Lakehead University where she earned an Honours Bachelor of Environmental Studies and a Bachelor of Education degree specializing in Outdoor Education.  She now works in the field of natural resource management.  Kelly’s hope for the GLCEI is that it will help the community build connections between the people, the economy and the environment.

Ken BellKen Bell – Treasurer

Ken is a long time resident of Chatham-Kent and the Rondeau Bay area. As a small business owner and avid camper, kayaker and amateur naturalist, I have tried to build my life around sound, sustainable ecological principles. In 2007 and 2008, I sat on the board of Stewardship Kent, and had the opportunity to see how projects come together, from initial consultations, through buy-in to completion.