Community members come together for annual Providence Bay beach clean up

PROVIDENCE BAY—A large group of volunteers assembled along the shore of Lake Huron in Providence Bay for the annual community beach cleanup.

Mary-Jo Gordon and her husband Central Manitoulin Councillor Alex Baran took the lead on the cleanup, which was a partnership between volunteers and Central Manitoulin.

Ms. Gordon explained to the group of volunteers that a beach management plan was in the works and that it would help create a balance between plant species and the people who enjoy the beach.

She also recognized the children who were present for the cleanup and noted how wonderful it was that the next generation was getting involved.

“Thank you to everyone for coming out today,” said Ms. Gordon. “This is a community event that we do annually and really helps to clean up our shoreline.”

She told The Expositor that the cleanup has been going on over several decades and that it is a partnership between Central Manitoulin, who advertises the event and provides bags, gloves and a celebratory barbecue, and the community who volunteers to clean the beach.

Katelyn Lentir, 10, and her brother George, 6, both of Providence Bay,  help pick up garbage at the annual Providence Bay beach cleanup.
Katelyn Lentir, 10, and her brother George, 6, both of Providence Bay, help pick up garbage at the annual Providence Bay beach cleanup.