Swim Drink Fish Ambassadors are individuals who have demonstrated an unparalleled commitment to creating a future where every Canadian can swim, drink, and fish. They are leaders who are promoting water literacy and watershed awareness, kick-starting education and protection programs, and building a strong “Swim Drink Fish Community.”
Musician, Author, and Filmmaker Dave Bidini is host of the annual Wolfe Island Literary Festival and supporter of the 2017 Swim Drink Fish Arts Festival. He is one the founding members of rock group the Rheostatics. He is the only Canadian to have been nominated for a Genie, Gemini, JUNO, and CBC’s ‘Canada Reads’. He has published eleven books including Tropic of Hockey, On a Cold Road, and Writing Gordon Lightfoot.
As a two-time chair of the Waterkeeper Gala Toronto and host of the Waterkeeper Gala Vancouver, Denise Donlon has helped raise $1-million for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. She has been a leader in the Canadian Cultural landscape for over 30 years as GM of CBC English Radio, President of Sony Music Canada, and various executive and on air positions at ChumTelevision, The NewMusic and MuchMusic. A Member of the Order of Canada, Denise devotes her volunteer efforts to positively affect environmental and cultural change through organizations such as Waterkeeper, the Governor General’s Performing Arts Awards, Canadian Journalists for Freedom of Expression, Soulpepper Theatre, MusiCounts and WarChild Canada.
Sarah Harmer is a Canadian singer-songwriter and activist. In 2001 she hosted Lake Ontario Waterkeeper's very first public event. Sixteen years later, she is the curator of the 2017 Waterkeeper Gala Toronto show. In 2005, Harmer co-founded PERL (Protecting Escarpment Rural Land), an organization which campaigned to protect the Niagara Escarpment from a proposed gravel development which would see some parts of wilderness near the escarpment removed. To support the organization, she and her acoustic band embarked on a tour of the escarpment, hiking the Bruce Trail and performing at theatres and community halls in towns along the way. In October 2012, PERL won their case against the development.
Having worked in the fine art business for twenty-five years as an auctioneer, appraiser, and consultant, Stephen is VP of Business Development at Waddington’s, Canada’s leading auction house. Stephen pioneered the sale of Fine Wine at Canadian auctions and has been involved in some of the highest grossing auctions of Canadian art in the last ten years. A long time Waterkeeper supporter, Stephen has helped raise $1.7-million for swimmable, drinkable, fishable water. He is considered the finest art auctioneer in the country.