Signing off on our Memorandum of Understanding with Dr Zafar Adeel, the executive director of the new Pacific Water Research Centre at SFU, is an incredible achievement for the Lagoon Society and will not only really help to get PODS off the ground but will also be of huge benefit to the whole of Pender Harbour and the wider Sunshine Coast community.
It has always been our goal to formally collaborate with university researchers and Simon Fraser University could not be a better partner for us! We have so much in common with their vision, particularly about engaging with local coastal communities, connecting with the natural world and the need to protect biodiversity, particularly of the marine and freshwater environments. There could also not be a better community than Pender Harbour for SFU to have chosen to establish a long-term research partnership and to begin exploring the incredible diversity of aquatic ecosystems, habitats and species that we are so lucky to have in our coastal waters. We cannot thank Zafar Adeel enough and his colleagues from SFU, Laurie Wood, Michele Black and Leigh McGregor, for coming here to visit us at the Iris Griffith Centre to sign the Memorandum of Understanding and for spending a beautiful sunny afternoon with us on a trip around the harbour and around the local islands. We look forward very much to a long and productive engagement and collaboration with Adeel and everyone at Simon Fraser University. Thank you all.