King Family Bursary Recipients

The Georgian Bay Land Trust congratulates all recipients of the annual King Family Bursary, which supports projects that promote knowledge and appreciation of the eastern shore of Georgian Bay and the North Channel. Please see below for a complete list of past recipients.


Sylvia Galbraith, 2016

Sylvia Galbraith is a Canadian artist whose work includes landscape, documentary, and commercial photography. Her personal photographs have been exhibited nationally, and have won many awards. Through her landscape photographs of the Georgian Bay coast, Sylvia is examining the relationships between science, history and art; her visual references are rocks that have been transformed in violent ways, where patterned shapes in the present-day strata mirror the forces that created them. Sylvia’s work reminds us that there is an inexorable historical process constantly reworking the landscape – a process that continues in spite of our presence. Sylvia will be exhibiting these images as large-scale photographs, and has plans to publish a book in the near future.

Melanie Gausden, 2016

Mel Gausden is a Canadian artist from Guelph, Ontario. In her work, she uses landscape as a medium to explore ideas of memory and self while using colour to highlight the distortion inherent in our memories. Mel graduated from the Ontario College of Art and Design and has exhibited throughout Ontario. For this project Mel will spend time exploring different communities along Georgian Bay by foot and kayak and will produce a series of paintings that present a portrait of the interaction between people and the bay.

Kendall Flower, 2015

Kendall Flower is an accredited landscape architect with professional expertise in the areas of ecological restoration, design for natural tourism and recreation, sustainable sites and low impact development technologies, and community engagement. As the final component of her Masters of Planning degree with the University of Guelph, Kendall’s project will explore, evaluate, and propose alternative models to the relationships between policy, governance, and conservation in the Georgian Bay Littoral Biosphere Reserve. She will produce an accessible report to help all concerned gain a better understanding of the issues and opportunities in this area.

Jillian McDonald, 2015

Jillian McDonald is a Canadian artist whose work focuses on the supernatural and the capacity of nature itself to contain an “otherworldliness”. Jillian has exhibited throughout Canada and the United States as well as in Germany, Spain, and England, and has received numerous grants and awards, including the Glenfiddich Canadian Art Prize. For her bursary project, Jillian will produce a multi-screen video portrait of the Bay entitled Spirit Lake. She will spend time in the region exploring legends and oral histories and gathering video footage to create a work that is haunted with the Bay’s spirits of land and sea, nature’s remarkable and unexplainable forces.

Andrea Curtis, 2014

Andrea Curtis is an award-winning writer and editor based in Toronto. She has published books about food issues for both adults and children, and received the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction for her first novel, Into the Blue: Family Secrets and the Search for a Great Lakes Shipwreck. For her bursary project, Andrea is writing a young adult novel based on the story of two teenagers’ survival at sea after the wreck of the ‘S.S. Asia,’ a passenger and cargo steamer that went down in Georgian Bay in 1882.

Tim Laurin, 2014

Tim Laurin is a master printmaker based in Innisfil. He has won numerous awards for his work and exhibited throughout Ontario and internationally. Much of Tim’s work focuses on the theme of memory, and with his bursary project he has extended this to Georgian Bay. Using old Georgian Bay slides and photographs, as well as his childhood memories of the Bay, for inspiration, Tim has created a series of photo-based etchings in which he explores and brings to life human experiences on Georgian Bay.