OUR MISSION: Make the Muskoka lakes safer and quieter to ensure the sustainable enjoyment of a treasured shared resource
Chair’s Message
Hello and Happy Spring!
Spring is one of my favorite seasons! The lake emerging from its icy blanket, the bright blue skies, the hopefulness of green buds poking through the cold ground. And the birds returning, their happy chirping everywhere!

Along with the new season, we have many initiatives underway. And we have a new Outreach Coordinator! We welcome Crystal Ilczyna who joined us at the end of February. She will be your key contact for questions and distribution of our educational material.

The Wakes and Speed Pilot we conducted last year was successful and we will be incorporating our learnings in our 2021 plans. We have designed some new No Wake signs for you to display on your boathouse or dock if you are located on a narrow or busy channel. Details on how to order one will be available soon. Our Boater's Code posters along with other educational material are ready now. Please contact Crystal at crystal@safequiet.ca  

We were delighted to learn that Transport Canada, at the Canadian Marine Advisory Council meeting in November, has opened the topic of boat mufflers. They have heard community input including from Safe Quiet Lakes that excessive muffler noise is a growing concern on Canadian waterways. This is very encouraging as it may mean that the route to success for the Decibel Coalition could be significantly shortened.

As your associations proceed with your summer plans, please consider including the Decibel Coalition in your promotions; as well as putting up our Boater's Code posters at local boat launches and marinas. Also be on the lookout for communications on our 2021 Your Lakes, Your Views – Lake Activity Survey. The more people we can get to take the survey, the better the insights we will all get into the evolving concerns of our lake communities in Muskoka.

Warm regards,

Diana Piquette

Chair, Safe Quiet Lakes
About Safe Quiet Lakes

Safe Quiet Lakes is a not-for-profit community group of boaters that promote safe, respectful boating.

We believe that positive, grass root conversations and education are important drivers of change. We created the Boater’s Code to help get the conversation started. 
We launched a new video this past year about our programs. Please click the image to watch it.
Safe Quiet Lakes Seeking Candidates for Board of Directors
Safe Quiet Lakes is a group of volunteers who are passionate about life on and near the water and determined to sustain it. We have been advocating safe and responsible recreational boating since 2011. Our mission is to make the Muskoka Lakes safer and quieter to ensure the sustainable enjoyment of a treasured shared resource. Our strategy is to do this through advocacy, education and the promotion of respectful boating so that everyone can enjoy the water.

With our active agenda we are searching for new Directors who want to make a difference in Muskoka. We are looking for candidates who cottage or live in Muskoka, including those who have a proven background in one or more of the following areas:

  • Advocacy 
  • Legal with emphasis on regulatory processes and issues
  • Fundraising
  • IT and Cyber Security
Candidates must have the following competencies and personal attributes:

  • a commitment to the organization’s mission and values
  • a willingness and ability to dedicate the necessary time and effort to support board duties
  • sound strategic leadership/decision-making ability
  • board membership experience, preferably with a not-for-profit organization
  • ability to think strategically, to analyze information and, when necessary, challenge constructively
  • ability to relate well to other board directors and staff collectively and individually
Commitment to diversity
Our organization values diversity and inclusion. We welcome applicants from any background including gender, race and physical ability.
Time commitment
This is a not-for-profit working board. As such every director is expected to actively participate in committee work as well as attend board meetings. Directors are usually appointed for three-year terms with the opportunity for re-appointment.
How to apply
If you are interested in contributing to Safe Quiet Lakes’ board please send your resume or a brief bio to Chair@safequiet.ca 

To learn more about Safe Quiet Lakes: safequiet.ca
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