Tuesday, 18 February 2014

Beverly Kingdon Swan Ambassador

Beverly Kingdon
Swan Ambassador
Ontario Heroine
National Treasure

     Bev Kingdon has spent thirty-five years of her life caring for Trumpeter Swans. You must realize that this dedication involves being active during the winter months when the swans reside along the Lake Ontario shoreline in Burlington, ON. Whatever the weather, be it ice storm, sleet, freezing rain or mountains of snow, Bev unceasingly has the welfare of her beloved swans uppermost in her mind. Her task is not for the faint of heart.
     Yesterday, we were privileged to spend some time with Bev and her swans as a day was dedicated to the celebration of her thirty-five years of service.

     We met a woman who was moved to tears when she heard the entire story of how these swans were reintroduced into Ontario, beginning with the epic work done by Harry Lumsden. She commented that it was amazing to find out about people who live in your community, and about whom you previously knew nothing.

      Bev Kingdon epitomizes a spirit of dedication and commitment to a cause, an ideal, a vision, that benefits all Canadians and enriches the lives of everyone who comes into contact with these magnificent birds. Our debt of gratitude to her can never be repaid, our mere thanks are inadequate.  
    Bev - Swan Ambassador Extraordinaire - I salute you!  


  1. What an extraordinary lady! Beautiful shot of the swan in flight!

  2. Hearing stories of people like Beverly Kingdon gladdens the heart and makes you remember that there are still selfless and dedicated people out there who make a real difference to our world.

    Thank you, David, for your account of this event, and your beautiful photos.

  3. Thanks for the kind words, Richard. I know that Bev will be thrilled to read this from someone outside Canada.

  4. I didn't even know about this lady. Kudos to her.