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!