Two volunteers from Blue Fish Canada traveled to Toronto to take part in the Toronto Sportsman Show the first week of February 2014. Show organizers donated a 10X10 space for the exhibit. Over the four day show, 1,000 shoreline clean-up kits were distributed along with Blue Fish Canada background materials. Accommodations were provided by family members of Lawrence Gunther.
The Petrie Island Fishermans’ Association donated their proceeds from their annual ice fishing derby to Blue Fish Canada. A volunteer with Blue Fish attended the closing awards event and spoke about what the funds would be used for and offered thanks for the generous donation of just over $1,400.
Two volunteers traveled to Toronto to attend the 2014 induction ceremony for the Canadian Sport Fishing Hall of Fame. Tickets for the event were generously donated by Andrew Polata of the Canadian Sport Fishing League. Accommodations were provided by family members of Lawrence Gunther.
CTV television Ottawa recognized Lawrence Gunther as one of the top-ten most amazing people of 2013. The recognition is for the work Lawrence has undertaken to educate people about the importance of Canada’s aquatic ecosystems. The recognition included attending a special gala dinner, and an interview on the water that was broadcast on CTV television.
Blue Fish Canada was awarded a $2,500 grant to be used for organizational development. Along with the grant, Blue Fish Canada volunteers were invited to participate in a number of organization development seminars at no cost — five in total.
Lawrence Gunther of Blue Fish Canada provided the 100 members of Musky Canada’s Ottawa Chapter with a 30-minute presentation on the importance of fish stewardship.
While attending a show on environmental safe products, Lawrence Gunther met officials from the City of Ottawa who were distributing clean-up kits. Lawrence followed up with city managers and was able to secure 10,000 kits that the city had surpluses. The kits were the perfect size and design for people who spend time on or next to the water. Each kit is wrapped in a biodegradable wrapper and contains a garbage bag and gloves. The kits fit perfectly into a fishing tackle bag or glove box of a boat or vehicle.
Lawrence Gunther of Blue Fish Canada was invited to present at the Water Stewardship conference in Cornwall Ontario. The 1.5 day conference was organized by the St. Lawrence River Institute on Environmental Science.
Blue Fish Canada was officially incorporated as a Canadian non-profit incorporation, and received charitable tax status.