Brant Waterways is a charitable non-profit Foundation, established in 1988, whose objective is to provide leadership, funding assistance and advocacy for projects that protect and enhance the Grand River and adjacent lands in Brant County, Brantford and Six Nations of the Grand River.
The Grand River and its major tributaries – the Conestogo, Eramosa, Nith and Speed Rivers – were designated ‘Canadian Heritage Rivers’ in 1994. The designation recognizes the outstanding human heritage values and excellent recreational opportunities along the rivers and encourages the public to enjoy and appreciate them.
Brant Waterways inspired and helped fund the conversion of flood control dikes, abandoned rail lines and other trails into a river-based passive recreational trail system. Natural habitat restoration, tree planting, water and environmental education activities and the development/enhancement of river access points for people to safely experience the river are among the many other initiatives supported.
To date, more than $5 million has been invested in our local communities, spearheaded by Brant Waterways Foundation’s commitment and efforts in the areas of advocacy, fundraising and collaboration with visionary funding partners.
Our Vision and Mission
We envision a community in which everyone benefits from a connection to our healthy waterways and trails, and works collaboratively to protect and preserve our natural resources.
Brant Waterways Foundation seeks to provide leadership, funding assistance and advocacy to projects in Brantford, Brant County and Six Nations of the Grand River that enhance, restore, protect and preserve our natural heritage of the Grand River, its waterways and adjacent lands to provide recreational opportunities, a healthy environment and sustainable use.
Brant Waterways Foundation accomplishes its mission through its dedicated and passionate Board of Directors' volunteer efforts.
2022 - 2023 Officers & Directors
Marie Fanjoy – President
Sandra Fazari – Vice President
Sheila Turner – Treasurer
Stephanie Hermans – Past President
Mary Welsh – Honorary Director
Cheryl Antoski – City of Brantford Representative
John MacAlpine – County of Brant Representative
Jaquie Jamieson – Six Nations of the Grand River Rep.
Duncan Ross – TIRA Chair
Chuck Beach – Brant Tree Coalition Chair
Christine Fournier – Board Coordinator
Directors at Large