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ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT

ENVIRONMENTAL MANAGEMENT A family tradition of environmental management In 2015, Lefroy Harbour Resorts in Ontario was awarded - and continues to maintain - a Level 5 Anchor Platinum rating under the Clean Marine certification system in Canada. It was the first marina in Canada to earn such high marks. Sarah Devlin finds out why. Lefroy Harbour Resorts’ history goes back about 50 years, starting when Eric Stovold, the patriarch of the family that owns the property, purchased Kon Tiki Marina on Lake Simcoe, a 743km² (287mi²) body of water approximately 80km (or 50mi) north of Toronto, Ontario, and he raised his five children there. In 1986, the Stovolds purchased Lefroy Harbour a few minutes up the lake by either automobile or boat and merged the operations to create ‘Lefroy Harbour Resorts’. In total, Lefroy Harbour Resorts provides boaters with 540 covered and uncovered slips between the two properties. Today, Eric’s sons Jeff and Chris remain co-owners while grandson Ryan acts as general manager. To list all the achievements and accolades the Stovold family has garnered in the past half century would require a great deal of landscape within these pages. In short, they have been, and remain, very much involved in their community, from economic development to environmental leadership. Jeff Stovold and his wife have even travelled to Kenya to work at an orphanage. Their sense of community, family and tradition cannot be overstated. “Lefroy Harbour Resorts has a strong environmental commitment to community and the environment,” Linda Ellery, Lefroy Harbour Resorts’ marina manager, confirms. “A marina’s participation in the preservation of our waterways for our enjoyment today and for generations to come is paramount in the boating industry.” It should come, therefore, as no surprise that Lefroy Harbour Resorts would achieve the first Level 5 Anchor Platinum rating within Ontario’s Clean Marine programme. The criteria The Ontario Clean Marine eco-rating programme was developed in 1995. The programme is voluntary and marinas looking for Clean Marine status agree to a third-party, 220-point assessment. From there, a marina may earn from one to five “Green Anchors,” with ratings of Gold, Diamond or the highest Platinum. Self-assessments are mandatory annually with a third-party reassessment every five years. These third-party assessments are carried out by a group called Greenleaf, which produces detailed reports on a marina’s compliance. Lafroy Harbour Resorts has participated in the Clean Marine Programme since 1999, and increased its rating to Diamond level in 2014. By 2015, it had achieved all of the criteria required to reach Platinum. According to Boating Ontario Clean Kon Tiki Marina (above) has 190 covered and uncovered slips and is located near Lefroy Harbour Marina (right) – a larger facility purchased by the Stovolds in the 1980s. www.marinaworld.com - September/October 2017 31

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