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Alexander Bajkov, Lake Winnipeg Foundation

The Lake Winnipeg Foundation is thrilled to announce that Dr. Pascal Badiou has been chosen to receive the 2014 Alexander Bajkov Award.

Named in memory of pioneering fisheries biologist Alexander Bajkov (1894 – 1955), this award was created by LWF in 2008. It is presented annually to an individual who exemplifies Dr. Bajkov’s dedication to the understanding of Lake Winnipeg, and who demonstrates outstanding efforts to protect and restore the health of the lake and its watershed. Past recipients have included scientists, politicians, educators and journalists.

A graduate of the University of...

Join us for our 2015 Annual General Meeting!

  • Tuesday, May 5th, 7 to 9 p.m.
  • The Manitoba Museum, 190 Rupert Ave (lower level), Winnipeg
  • Please use Rupert Ave entrance (paid parking is available in the lot directly across the street; metered street parking is also available)

Our AGM offers the opportunity to renew your membership for 2015/16, connect with other lake-lovers and learn more about LWF's ongoing work.

This year's event will include:

  • Membership votes on our audited 2014 financial statements and a special resolution, plus the election of new directors
  • The announcement of our spring...
Earth Day 2015

Celebrate Earth Day 2015 with an evening of education and insight!

Join the Lake Winnipeg Foundation for a moderated panel discussion about the complex challenges facing our great lake – and the emerging opportunities for shared solutions.

  • Wednesday, April 22
  • 7 to 9 p.m.
  • St. Mary’s Road United Church, 613 St. Mary’s Rd
  • Free admission

Lake Winnipeg’s health is struggling: large, frequent algae blooms; climate-change-driven floods that wash nutrients into waterways; the recent discovery of zebra mussels. The challenge facing the 10th largest freshwater lake in world is a “wicked problem...

Are you a full-time student looking for summer work before returning to school in the fall? We’re on the hunt for extraordinary event planners, social media gurus and marketing geniuses with a passion for the environment.

LWF is creating an applicant pool for two term positions:

  • Summer Outreach Coordinator: This person will assist LWF staff and volunteers in the planning, promotion and delivery of LWF’s Lake-a-thon fundraising events.
     
  • Summer Communications Coordinator: This person will assist LWF staff in the creation and dissemination of communications related to online and in-person...

March 16 to 20 was Canada Water Week, an annual celebration of water from coast to coast to coast, held in advance of World Water Day on March 22. Inspired by this year’s national theme, Know Your H20, LWF created an interactive, week-long challenge to highlight the connection between urban water and the health of Lake Winnipeg.

Follow Your Water, Winnipeg, kicked off last Monday morning where Winnipeg’s Red and Assiniboine Rivers meet. We placed a sign with our distinctive LWF logo at Oodena Celebration Circle, then asked participants to find it and take an “LWFelfie” with it.

Canada’s...

boreal forest

Planning now for the long-term health and sustainability of Manitoba's boreal forest ecosystem is one of the best ways to restore and protect the health of Lake Winnipeg, which is why Conserving the Boreal Forest is Action 2 of our Lake Winnipeg Health Plan.

Last month, the Province of Manitoba held a multi-stakeholder summit in The Pas/Opaskwayak Cree Nation to explore the development of a Manitoba Boreal Strategy. Greetings were offered by Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh and Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson, and a keynote address was given...

Joined by partners and supporters, LWF celebrated Canada Water Week 2015 by signing the Lake Friendly Accord and renewing its commitment to the Lake Winnipeg Health Plan. (Front row, l to r: Conservation and Water Stewardship Minister Gord Mackintosh, Mike Sampson, Laurel Harrison with Maeve Harrison, Janet Sampson with Isla Harrison, Ella Carmichael, LWF executive director Alexis Kanu; back row, l to r: Jeremy Harrison, Dunnottar Mayor and chair of the South Basin Mayors and Reeves Rick Gamble) Photo: Kirsten Earl McCorrister

Winnipeg – Today, on the final day of Canada Water Week 2015, LWF...

Past Alexander Bajkov Award winners (clockwise from top left): Val Weirer, Karen Scott, Rick Gamble, Lyle Lockhart

We know so many people who have devoted much of their personal and professional lives to help improve the health of Lake Winnipeg. That’s why, since 2008, the Lake Winnipeg Foundation has been publicly recognizing these passionate individuals with our Alexander Bajkov Award.

Named in honour of the pioneering researcher of Lake Winnipeg (you can read his bio here), this annual award is presented to a person who exemplifies Dr. Bajkov’s dedication to the understanding of Lake...

LWF, Gimli

Photo: Gimli, 2014 (Paul Mutch)

LWF was founded in 2005, making this year our 10th anniversary!

We’re proud of our grassroots beginnings and the many passionate supporters whose dedication to our collective vision of a clean, healthy Lake Winnipeg and watershed, now and for future generations, has shaped LWF into what we are today.

We’re also proud of what we’ve been able to accomplish over the past decade: educating citizens, funding projects, and collaborating with governments, researchers and other stakeholders.

We’ve made progress – but our work is far from finished. Lake Winnipeg...

Wetlands

On Feb. 2, 1971, an intergovernmental treaty called the Ramsar Convention was adopted. Named for the Iranian city in which its adoption occurred, the convention came into force in 1975 to provide a framework for the conservation and wise use of wetlands and their resources. (You can learn more about the Ramsar Convention here.)

Today, almost 90 per cent of UN member states – including Canada – are considered “contracting parties.” Contracting parties implement the Ramsar Convention and collaborate on shared projects. More than 2,000 wetlands across the globe (37 in Canada) are currently...

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LWF publishes a newsletter, The Watershed Observer, twice a year. Our most recent edition includes information on our emerging community-based monitoring network, details about groundbreaking microplastics research made possible through our grants program, and helpful tips on how you can speak up for water by reaching out to decision makers.