Great Lakes Islands Alliance

[cs_content][cs_element_section _id=”1″ ][cs_element_layout_row _id=”2″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”3″ ][cs_element_text _id=”4″ ][cs_content_seo]Since 2017, the Great Lakes Islands Alliance has been connecting islanders and amplifying their voices. As core functions, GLIA hosts robust Zoom discussions every month plus the annual Great Lakes Islands Summit. Our membership is now over 150 people from 20 different islands – the crown jewels of the Great Lakes!

Click on the map below for a quick overview of the member islands in the alliance. More detail and more photos are in the island showcase below. \n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][cs_element_layout_row _id=”5″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”6″ ][cs_element_image _id=”7″ ][/cs_element_layout_column][cs_element_layout_column _id=”8″ ][cs_element_text _id=”9″ ][cs_content_seo]Our mission

The Great Lakes Islands Alliance encourages relationship building, fosters information exchange, and leverages resources to address shared challenges and embrace opportunities to benefit islands.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][cs_element_layout_row _id=”10″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”11″ ][cs_element_text _id=”12″ ][cs_content_seo]Donations

Your donation to GLIA is appreciated and crucial to GLIA’s operations. Financial contributions support operations including staff travel to connect with islands, as well as programs such as the Annual Summit.

The Great Lakes Islands Alliance is fiscally sponsored by The Stewardship Network, which accepts and administers charitable donations on GLIA’s behalf. The Stewardship Network is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, and your charitable contribution is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law. The Stewardship Network’s mission is to connect, equip, and mobilize people and organizations to care for land and water in their communities.

If you have any questions about supporting GLIA financially or otherwise, please contact Peter Huston, Project Manager of GLIA, at [email protected] If you have any questions about your donation transaction, please contact [email protected]

Please see instructions for making your contribution below.

To donate by credit card: click the “Donate to GLIA” button below to visit GLIA’s donation page, hosted by The Stewardship Network.

To donate by check: please make payable to The Stewardship Network noting “GLIA” in the memo, and mail to:

GLIA c/o The Stewardship Network

416 Longshore Dr.

Ann Arbor, MI 48105

Donate to GLIA

\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][/cs_element_section][cs_element_section _id=”13″ ][cs_element_layout_row _id=”14″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”15″ ][cs_element_image _id=”16″ ][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][cs_element_layout_row _id=”17″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”18″ ][cs_element_text _id=”19″ ][cs_content_seo]Group photo of most of the 2022 GLIA Summit attendees \n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][/cs_element_section][cs_element_section _id=”20″ ][cs_element_layout_row _id=”21″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”22″ ][cs_element_text _id=”23″ ][cs_content_seo]The 2022 Great Lakes Islands Summit on October 2 – 5, 2022 was a great success.

After two years of pandemic delays, the voluntary, bi-national Great Lakes Islands
Alliance (GLIA) recently held its marquee event, the Great Lakes Islands Summit,
across four island communities in Lake Erie: South Bass (Put-in-Bay), Middle Bass, and
Kelleys Islands in Ohio and Pelee Island in Ontario. This was GLIA’s fourth such
Summit since 2017 and the first to span multiple islands. The Summit rotates to a
different island(s) each year and allows that community to showcase its successes and
challenges to visiting leaders from other islands across the vast Great Lakes region and

In 2022, a total of 89 participants came from eight states and one province, including as
far away as Maine and Florida. This included islanders from 13 Great Lakes island
communities plus additional partners and advocates from mainland organizations. As a
sign of the times, a number of additional people sent late regrets and had to cancel due
to family, COVID, professional commitments, and even Hurricane Ian complications.

Meeting Narrative

Full Summary

Appendix A – Sponsors

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Our newest island video “Amherst Island Comes Alive” will introduce you to this beautiful island at the east end of Lake Ontario on the Canadian side and is available here.

For a complete list of our island videos, take a look at our YouTube channel at

Our 2022 Annual Report has been published and describes our excellent progress towards meetings our goals for the year.

\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][/cs_element_section][cs_element_section _id=”26″ ][cs_element_layout_row _id=”27″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”28″ ][cs_element_image _id=”29″ ][cs_element_text _id=”30″ ][cs_content_seo]George Paisiovich is a long-time political advisor, organizer, and consultant with expertise in stakeholder relations. He has worked with or for many levels of government, including both the Canadian federal and provincial Parliaments. George will tell the complex story of endangered species protection on Pelee Island and explain how they moved from polarization to collaboration. This webinar will conclude with discussion about common approaches for islands to more effectively work with mainland governments.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][cs_element_image _id=”31″ ][cs_element_text _id=”32″ ][cs_content_seo]Great Lakes islands are critically important places for a variety of bird species, such as land birds (e.g., sparrows, warblers), waterbirds (e.g., herons, loons, plovers), and waterfowl (e.g., ducks, geese, swans). Unfortunately, these species face a variety of threats on a local, regional, and global scale. Maintaining a variety of habitats – forests, wetlands, grasslands, beaches, and even residential backyards – will play a role in bird conservation by providing feeding, nesting, wintering, and migratory stopover sites. This webinar was originally held on April 7, 2022\n\n[/cs_content_seo][cs_element_image _id=”33″ ][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][cs_element_layout_row _id=”34″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”35″ ][cs_element_text _id=”36″ ][cs_content_seo]Our first webinar, “Building Leadership to Strengthen Island Community Resilience”
was held on February 24, 2022 and featured Kate Tagai of the Island Institute in Maine
speaking about their development of a leadership framework for islands
and the successes they have had with it. Click on the above image to view it.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][/cs_element_section][cs_element_section _id=”37″ ][cs_element_layout_row _id=”38″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”39″ ][cs_element_image _id=”40″ ][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][/cs_element_section][cs_element_section _id=”41″ ][cs_element_layout_row _id=”42″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”43″ ][cs_element_text _id=”44″ ][cs_content_seo]HEALTHY, SUSTAINABLE ISLAND COMMUNITIES.\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][/cs_element_section][cs_element_section _id=”45″ ][cs_element_layout_row _id=”46″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”47″ ][cs_element_image _id=”48″ ][/cs_element_layout_column][cs_element_layout_column _id=”49″ ][cs_element_text _id=”50″ ][cs_content_seo]The Great Lakes contain the largest, most diverse collection of freshwater islands in the world. Of the 32,000 islands, nearly twenty continue to host communities of people, typically a mix of year-round and seasonal residents and visitors.

While present-day island communities are uniquely distinct from one another in character, traditions, and geography, they share a number of complex, inter-related challenges, including: access to public services and quality education; supporting a diversified economy; managing natural, cultural, and historical resources across public and private boundaries; and changing demographics (size, age, seasonality, ownership, economic status, etc.).

These challenges are hurdles, not immovable barriers. In fact, some island communities have already independently developed their own “island solutions to island challenges.” Island communities are finding they often have more in common with one another than to their adjacent mainland. There is great value in islanders learning from other islanders about best practices that work, as well as those that don’t.

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2022 Program Summary: Environmental Stewardship

2022 Program Summary: Socio-Economic Well-being
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10/2022 The Islands of the Great Lakes Seek Answers Together – Lake Erie Living Magazine

10/2022 The Great Lakes Islands Alliance is Growing and Adapting – International Joint Commission

04/2022 GLIA project manager visits Island –
Goal is to visit all 19 GLIA member Islands- Washington Island Observer
03/2022 Free webinar features bird
conservation strategies for Great Lakes – Washington Island Observer

03/2022 Webinar: Building Leadership to Strengthen Island Community Resilience
08/2021 Press Release Aug. 4, 2021: GLIA hires project manager, announces Island Summit Oct. 3-6
12/2020 GLIA’s Lake Erie Islands History Presentation for The Stewardship Network (Video)

12/2019 Third Annual Great Lakes Islands Alliance Summit = Beaver Island Association

12/2019 Accent: Sudbury’s Impact on Lake Huron (Hint: It’s Major) – Sudbury Star

11/2019 Great Lakes islanders find common concerns – Island Institute

11/2019 Island summit on Mackinac “was great” – Washington Island Observer

9/2019 Last of summer’s monarch butterflies wing way south across Lake Huron – The Manitoulin Expositor

8/2019 Sudbury Accent: The ‘eyes and ears’ of the Great Lakes ecosystem – Sudbury Star

11/2018 Manitoulin Island and the new Great Lakes Islands Alliance – The Manitoulin Expositor
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The monthly GLIA call on April 1, 2020 was dedicated to sharing coronavirus information (status, good ideas, specific challenges) from each island. GLIA members from each community were asked to provide an informal, 5-10 min update. Note: with a few exceptions, the summaries below are not a verbatim, nor are they intended to represent a full or formal or fully vetted record from each island community. Please contact GLIA leads from each island for clarifications.

April 1, 2020 Meeting Minutes (pdf) from all attending islands except the Les Cheneaux Islands

April 1, 2020 Report (pdf) from the Les Cheneaux Islands
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2022 Great Lakes Islands Summit – Full Report (pdf) – South Bass Island, OH

2022 Great Lakes Islands Summit – Meeting Narrative (pdf) – South Bass Island, OH

2019 Great Lakes Islands Summit (pdf) – Mackinac Island, MI

2018 Great Lakes Islands Summit (pdf) – Madeline Island, WI

2017 Great Lakes Islands Summit (pdf) – Beaver Island, MI, with a nice description of the origins of the GLIA\n\n[/cs_content_seo][/cs_element_layout_column][/cs_element_layout_row][/cs_element_section][cs_element_section _id=”67″ ][cs_element_layout_row _id=”68″ ][cs_element_layout_column _id=”69″ ][cs_element_text _id=”70″ ][cs_content_seo]ISLAND SHOWCASE

Learn more about our 20 member islands.

Amherst Island, ON – Also see the video Amherst Island Comes Alive
Beaver Island, MI
Bois Blanc Island, MI
Drummond Island, MI

Harsens Island, MI – Also see the video Fall on Harsen’s Island

Howe Island, ON (in the Frontenac Islands) will soon have its own page here.

Kelleys Island, OH
Les Cheneaux Islands, MI
Mackinac Island, MI
Madeline Island, WI
Manitoulin Island, ON
Middle Bass Island, OH – Also see the video A Middle Bass Island Visit

Neebish Island, MI

Pelee Island, ON – Also see the video Adventure on Pelee Island

St. Joseph Island, ON will soon have its own page here.
Simcoe Island, ON (in the Frontenac Islands) will soon have its own page here.
South Bass Island, OH
Sugar Island, MI will soon have its own page here.
Washington Island, WI – Also see the video Changing Seasons- Visiting Washington Island, Wisconsin
Wolfe Island, ON (in the Frontenac Islands) will soon have its own page here. – Also see the video Visiting Wolfe Island

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Find actionable steps to island challenges in the Island Institute’s What Works Solutions Library
Make connections and exchange information at
Check out the Great Lakes Islands Community Resource Directory.

Webinar: Great Lakes Water Levels 101
Learn about Great Lakes water levels from one of the leading experts in the region, Andrew Gronewold, PhD, PE, physical scientist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA)–Great Lakes Environmental Research Laboratory and adjunct professor at the University of Michigan.
watch webinar
webinar Q&A

2019 Great Lakes Islands Basketball Tournament

The tournament was held on Dec. 6-7, 2019 on Mackinac Island. Teams were from Washington Island (Lake Michigan), Mackinac Island (Lake Huron), South Bass Island (Lake Erie) and Beaver Island (Lake Michigan).

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Policy Influence Strategy / Areas of Focus (pdf)

Communications & Marketing Plan (pdf)

Plan for Institutional Stability (pdf)

Plan for Institutional Stability – Appendices (pdf)

About GLIA

GLIA charter (pdf)

Map of Participating Islands (pdf)

2022 Annual Report (pdf)

2021 Annual Report (pdf) Rev. 1/12/22

2019-20 Annual Report (pdf)

2018-19 Annual Report (pdf)

2017-18 Annual Report (pdf)
GLIA brochure (pdf)
GLIA at 2019 Virtual Islands Summit

The last link above will start at 44:32 in a longer video

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Michael Gora
Steering Committee Member and Webmaster
Great Lakes Islands Alliance

Peter Huston
Project Manager
Great Lakes Islands Alliance

Matt Preisser
Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy

Mailing Address:

Great Lakes Islands Alliance
C/O The Stewardship Network
416 Longshore Drive
Ann Arbor, MI 48105
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