Through advocacy, stewardship, culture, and science, Swim Drink Fish works to connect people with water. In the case of Lake Ontario, this is more of a reconnection to a lake in recovery.
This past summer, Ace Hill Beer, Swim Guide, and Studio Sophomore produced a video series to highlight stories about Lake Ontario. We are honoured to have been invited to participate in the series to share our love for Lake Ontario.
A swimmable, drinkable, fishable future is not possible without a lot of people working together towards the same goal. If it takes a village to raise a child, collaboration between communities, businesses, governments, and citizens is what is needed to restore and protect our water. These videos are part of an invitation to join the Swim Drink Fish movement.
Episode 1: Swim
This episode, titled Swim, profiles two members of the Swim Drink Fish movement: Madhu Nagaraja and Antonio Lennert. Follow along as the two discuss the importance of Lake Ontario, our connection to it, and why they consider themselves lucky to call this place home.
Episode 2: Drink
Blake Anderson, co-founder of Ace Hill Beer, joins Krystyn Tully and Mark Mattson, co-founders of Swim Drink Fish, to discuss a healthy Lake Ontario. Watch as Blake, Krystyn, and Mark tell a hopeful story of their shared vision for maintaining clean and healthy drinking water, and learn how their shared values are helping local businesses thrive.
Episode 3: Fish
Chef and Restauranteur Grant van Gameren joins Kendall Dewey, a fourth-generation fisherman and owner of Dewey Fisheries, on Lake Ontario. Watch as Kendall takes Grant fishing and they discuss the variety of fish found in Lake Ontario before Grant prepares a Lake Ontario inspired meal.
Words by Antonio Lennert. Header photograph by Melissa Payne Riel
Antonio is an ISA-certified surf coach, movement teacher and community builder. He was born and raised in Brazil and graduated from OCAD University with a degree in Graphic Design. Antonio is the founder and CEO of Surf the Greats. Find him on Instagram.