Doctors Barb Fehlau and Roland Guenther
Every morning when we look out of our window, we say a prayer of gratitude for living on this beautiful land. With this in mind, we were excited about the Kus-kus-sum restoration project from the moment we heard about it.
Since we are both medical doctors and have devoted our lives to improving the health of humans, it is also important for us to acknowledge the interconnectedness between our health and the health of the planet. If we don’t live in a healthy living ecosystem, how can we hope to be healthy ourselves?
We love this land and also see how much we all have contributed to its damage. We have reflected a long time before deciding to donate $20,000 to Project Watershed and the Kus-kus-sum Project
With this donation we express our love for the land and the intention that we want to be a part of the healing of the relationships to the land and also to the people – the original peoples who have lived here for thousands of years before all the immigrants, of which we are a part, that have landed and now live here. It is a way to acknowledge and celebrate this community. We also honor Barb’s parents with this gift. After losing their home and family by having to flee East Prussia (previously Germany, now in Poland and Russia) in the horrors of the Nazi era and WW II, they immigrated to Canada and found a new home here in Canada. We acknowledge the suffering of our ancestors as immigrants and also the suffering of the First Nations people who were displaced by them. We hope by this act to be a part of reconciliation and restoration of the land and of our relationships.
Project Watershed receives $20,000 – L to R; Bill Heidrick, Project Watershed Vice-Chair, Dr. Roland Guenther, Dr. Barb Fehlau, Caila Holbrook, Project Watershed – Photo by Bonner Photography