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When it comes to direct routes from Hamilton to Toronto, swimming isn’t usually the first thing that comes to mind. But for Loren King, it made a good cause a great one.

The Wilfrid Laurier University political science professor is passionate about protecting the Great Lakes. In 2016, Loren took a major step towards that goal by partnering with HCF and Lake Ontario Waterkeeper to establish a fund that supports research, artistic expression and community engagement to protect these waters. That summer, he also swam across Lake Ontario to raise public awareness and underline the importance of the Great Lakes as a heritage that needs protecting.

“It’s hard to overstate the importance of the Great Lakes to Canada. They are a vital part of who we are, and millions of us depend on their waters,” says Loren. “HCF helped us imagine, then establish our fund, and they are a continuing source of inspiration and support.”

Hamilton Community Foundation is pleased to be home to the Great Lakes Trust Fund that ensures a lasting source of support for Loren’s passion.

 

Excerpt from 2019 Fall Legacy newsletter