Joanna Kidd, resident of the Toronto Islands, has been involved with the Toronto Bay issues, professionally and as a volunteer for 20 years. A long-time naturalist, Joanna works as an environmental consultant. She has provided consulting services for sixteen years to public sector clients and to all levels of government; specializing in waste management, water quality, watershed management, ecosystem health and habitat restoration. Joanna has also worked as a freelance journalist and a researcher for Pollution Probe.
As a consultant, Joanna has produced a great deal of literature on a variety of topics including High Park, the Toronto Islands, Toronto Bay and The Great Lakes.
As the current Chair of the Toronto Bay Initiative, Joanna has focused on making the Toronto Bay area cleaner, greener, healthier and more accessible. For recreation, Joanna enjoys exploring the Bay by canoe, taking long walks on the Toronto Islands, and planting trees.
For her efforts in the environmental field, Joanna was awarded the Environmentalist of the Year Award in 2003 at the Yachtsmen’s Spring Thaw.
Max Moore relocated to the Harbourfront at the beginning of the new millennium. He saw condominiums being built and a new community emerging. The population along Queen’s Quay grew to more than 15,000 people: the size of a small town. Max arranged for a meeting-place at Harbourfront Community Centre and it has become the Harbourfront Community Association. While hosting a series of monthly public meetings, Max introduced residents of the waterfront to their City Councillors and other community leaders.
H.C.A. has been in existence for three years, becoming an effective voice for waterfront residents. Along with other members, Max has tackled a wide range of issues; including traffic control, parking problems, streetcar schedules, noise reduction, and vehemently opposing an island airport in the middle of a heavily populated neighbourhood.
Max has made presentations to City Council and written the Prime Minister on behalf of waterfront issues, as well as continuing to advocate with others on behalf of local interests. He is a strong supporter of cultural activities at the Harbourfront Centre and considers his work with the Summer Concert Series to be his greatest accomplishment to date. The concert series is held in the idyllic waterfront Music Garden.