An Evening with Dr. David Suzuki
Environmental Stewardship: Forging
the Future for the Frost Centre
Presented by the Friends of the Frost Centre
Is it possible
that the Leslie M. Frost Natural Resource Centre will re-open? The Friends of
the Frost Centre think so. They are making a bid to re-open and operate the
popular outdoor learning centre, located near Dorset, Ontario that was closed by
the provincial government 18 months ago.
Join the Friends of the Frost
Centre for an impassioned presentation by Dr. David Suzuki on the environment,
awareness and the importance of (places like) the Frost Centre for our survival.
Musical friends David Archibald and Lani Billard will also be performing. The
Friends of the Frost Centre are very grateful for Dr. Suzuki’s support for this
Here are the details:
When: Thursday, February 9 2006, 7:00 pm. Come early and mingle with the
Friends of the Frost Centre
Where: The Macleod Auditorium, Medical Sciences Building,
University of Toronto, 1 King's College Circle, Toronto.
Presentation by Dr. David Suzuki on Environmental Education, with musical
performances by David Archibald and Lani Billard
For more information and to order tickets go to http://www.uofttix.ca/. Tickets
can be mailed to you or picked up at door on night of event. Ticket cost is tax
deductible for income tax purposes - retain ticket stub as your receipt
Can’t attend? Sponsor a student attendee! Or make a donation! For more
information contact Ann at 416-593-0915 x244 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
100% of the
proceeds shall go towards the Friends of the Frost and their efforts to reopen
the Frost Centre for environmental and outdoor education. The Friends of the
Frost Centre is an incorporated, charitable organization. Charitable # -
869531343 rr0001. Suzuki’s books, music CD’s of the performers, and memberships
may be purchased at the Friends display in the lobby.
About Dr. David
Dr. David T. Suzuki PhD, Chair of the David Suzuki Foundation,
is an award-winning scientist, environmentalist and broadcaster. He was born in
Vancouver, BC in 1936. During World War II, at the age of six, he was interned
with his family in a camp in BC. After the war, he went to high school in
London, Ontario. He graduated with Honours from Amherst College in 1958 and went
on to earn his PhD in Zoology from the University of Chicago in 1961. The author
of more than 30 books, Dr. David Suzuki is recognized as a world leader in
sustainable ecology. He lives with his wife, Dr. Tara Cullis, and two children
Dr. Suzuki has received consistently high acclaim for his
thirty years of award-winning work in broadcasting, explaining the complexities
of science in a compelling, easily understood way. He is well known to millions
as the host of the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation's popular science
television series, The Nature of Things. His eight part series, A Planet for the
Taking won an award from the United Nations. His eight-part PBS series The
Secret of Life was praised internationally, as was his five-part series The
Brain for the Discovery Channel. For CBC Radio he founded the long running radio
series, Quirks and Quarks and has presented two influential documentary series
on the environment, From Naked Ape to Superspecies and It's a Matter of
An internationally respected geneticist, Dr. Suzuki was a full
Professor at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver from 1969 until his
retirement in 2001. He is professor emeritus with UBC's Sustainable Development
Research Institute. From 1969 to 1972 he was the recipient of the prestigious
E.W.R. Steacie Memorial Fellowship Award for the "Outstanding Canadian Research
Scientist Under the Age of 35".
Dr. Suzuki has received numerous awards
for his work, including a UNESCO prize for science, a United Nations Environment
Program medal and the Order of Canada. He has 15 honorary doctorates from
universities in Canada, the US and Australia. For his work in support of
Canada's First Nations people, Dr. Suzuki has received many tributes and has
been honoured with five names and formal adoption by two tribes.
About the Frost Centre
For almost 60 years the Leslie M.
Frost Natural Resource Centre, located near Dorset, provided a quality learning
environment dedicated to training and educating people in sustaining ecosystems
and outdoor education. With its 24,000 hectares of lakes and scenic landscapes
the Centre also provided day programs and hiking, skiing, and canoeing
opportunities for many thousands of other users. It served both youth and adult
clients - students, educators; government staff, family groups, interest groups;
non-government organizations and the private sector It provided a unique
residential learning experience to approximately 250,000 people until its abrupt
closure in 2004.
Over the years the Frost Centre gained a reputation as
a leader and innovator in environmental and outdoor education. It hosted many
conferences and events including ones that resulted in the formation of the
Council of Outdoor Education of Ontario, Interpretation Canada and the Canadian
Network of Environmental Education and Communications (EECOM). Beyond serving
its clients it contributed to environmental education at a provincial and
national level in the areas of curriculum development and strategic planning for
environmental education. Frost Centre won several awards including the Amethyst
Award, the highest award within the Ontario Public Service, for excellence in
environmental and natural resource management education.
For many people
there is a strong “sense of place” - the Frost Centre being a special and
beautiful setting to gather, share and learn. Many people have been touched in
some way by the Frost Centre experience.
In July 2004, the provincial
government abruptly closed the Centre. The citizens of Ontario were outraged and
a protest campaign ensued. The Liberal government responded to the public outcry
by setting up a working committee to explore options for re-opening the
residential facility. The working committee, through a consultative and thorough
process, released its report in June 2005. The committee recommended that the
facility be kept in public ownership, leased and operated as an environmental
and outdoor learning centre.
In December 2005 the government honoured
those recommendations by launching a process to re-open the Frost Centre. They
are currently soliciting “expressions of interest and submissions of
qualifications (RFQ) from parties who would be interested in leasing the main
campus of the Frost Centre for the primary purpose of investing in and operating
environmental and outdoor educational programs”. Full details of the RFQ can be
viewed at www.orc.on.ca by clicking “Business w/ORC” tab.
The Friends of the Frost Centre was established
in 1999 as a non-profit, charitable, cooperating organization dedicated to
supporting the Frost Centre’s efforts to foster appreciation and understanding
of natural ecosystems, their management and their use. This was accomplished
through supporting and enhancing education and recreation programs; undertaking
special projects and events; and participating in research and community
The closing of the Frost Centre left the Friends in limbo.
Fortunately the Board of Directors voted to keep the organization in tact,
sensing that there could be a future role for Friends. Members of the Friends
participated in the protest campaign, and attended the regular and consultation
meetings of the working committee that was established to look at options for
the Frost Centre. As the efforts of working committee started to show promise,
the Friends took steps to position themselves to play a role in the re-opening
of the Centre. By the time the government issued the call for “parties who would
be interested in leasing the main campus of the Frost Centre for the primary
purpose of investing in and operating environmental and outdoor educational
program”, in December 2005, the Friends had decided to make a bid to re-open and
operate the Centre.
Buoyed by a clear vision, strong community support,
a competent Board of Directors, and the services of a business consultant, the
Friends of the Frost Centre are busy crunching the numbers and seeking partners,
sponsors and potential bookings to re-establish the Frost Centre as Ontario’s
premier environmental and outdoor education. Key goals of the Friends’ proposal
are a viable business model, and a significant and strategic role in
environmental and ecosystem education, in this United Nations Decade of
Education for Sustainable Development.
The Friends of the Frost Centre
are grateful that the government is honouring the recommendations of the working
committee. The Friends recognize the outstanding efforts of the working
committee for an open and effective process and a well written report with
recommendations for the Centre’s future. The Friends also wish to acknowledge
the efforts of Perma Frost, a dedicated group of citizens, for their leadership
and hard work in protesting the closing of the centre and prompting the
government to set up a working committee. Thank you also to the Haliburton
County Community Futures Development Corporation for a grant to help the Friends
prepare a business proposal.
The Friends of the Frost Centre are
committed to forging a future for the Centre and environmental education in
Ontario. Individuals, organizations, and businesses interested in supporting or
being part of the Friend’s bid may contact the Friends at
email@example.com, or call 1-877-892-9955 or 705-792-9955 (local
Barrie area calls) or any of the Directors listed below.
Ann Barnes, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Briehl, (905)
690 4364, email@example.com
Mary Lou Eaton,
Barrie Martin, 705-754-3436, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mycio-Mommers, 1 –800- 563-9453 ext. 22, email@example.com
Rabjohn, 705-766-2207, firstname.lastname@example.org
Smith, 705-286-4924, email@example.com
David Archibald, an accomplished
songwriter/performer, has written and recorded ten original songs celebrating
the life, lore, and landscapes of the Frost Centre. The songs on St Nora’s
Tower, ranging from the poignant to the humorous, take you to a special place.
Discover the majestic white pines and ancient hemlocks of the Haliburton
Highlands in “Before Champlain” “Ranger School Days” will put you in a 1950's
classroom at the Forest Ranger School. Smell the smoke from “St. Nora’s Tower”.
Take a walk through hardwood forest in “Shelter Wood”. Meet “Dr. Sludge,” a
local hero who knows his sewage.
An engaging and energetic performer,
David Archibald has recorded on RCA and written for and performed on Sesame
Street and Mr. Dressup. His new musical Love and Larceny (co-written by Douglas
Bowie) is on the playbill at the Thousand Islands Playhouse this summer.
Archibald's other recent musical The Perilous Pirate's Daughter (co-written by
Anne Chislett) was performed at the Blyth Festival, the Thousand Islands
Playhouse in 2003 and the Haliburton Highlands Summer festival in 2005. David
was the producer on pop-star Avril Lavigne's first recording session. He is also
a familiar voice on CBC radio. His multi-media shows include: Spirit of the
Inland Sea (Great Lakes marine heritage), Farmsteads to Frontlines (rural
Ontario's involvement in global conflicts), Legends and Lore of the Charleston
Shore (cultural heritage of Charleston Lake Provincial Park) and On the Shores
of St. Nora (a celebration of the Frost Centre). He has had his compositions
performed by the Kingston Symphony and has written and performed a one-person
show entitled Schubert: The Man and His Music with the Genesee Symphony in New
York. His discography also includes Titanic – Pride of the White Star Line and
Savanna, Sand & Butterflies. David recently helped students of Superior’s
North Shore write, perform and record songs (Gulo gulo - a Superior Learning
Experience) about Pukaskwa National park.
Lani Billard, best known for her role as Bizzy Ramone on
Global TV’s Ready or Not has pursued a career in music and has released a CD.
She is a dynamic and wonderfully gifted performer.