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George Tkalych has had a passion for the environment since he was a young man. Employed as an Assistant Biologist for the Department of Natural Resources, the future doctor worked across the Great Lakes, mapping and measuring their health. Now in his golden years he has maintained his love of the beauty that God has created, and concern for the future of the environment.

George Tkalych

For the most part the debate over renewable energy versus fossil fuels centers around climate change. This seems to be a rather stunted discourse, as though climate change could well be the biggest challenge humanity has faced, at the same time it is not the only reason that society should look to switch.

There are many other issues that fossils fuels bring, such as the acidification of the ocean, where excess CO2 is absorbed by our seas; not to mention terrible accidents like oil spills. With the technology coming through and a long list of reasons that we should reassess our energy sources, it seems a rather clean cut discussion.

Then of course there is the ultimate argument; that fossil fuels are a limited resource. So not only are fossil fuels damaging, but in reality we will one day run out of oil, coal and gas. If we consider this we are then no longer faced with ifs, but really just a question of when?

People like George Tkalych find this debate important as it really encompasses every aspect of our future lives, from the wealth of nations and society, to the environment we live in. It is also pressing in nature and needs to happen now, lest we lose wonders like the Great Lakes of Dr Tyalych’s youth.




George Tkalych has a love for the natural world, and a special place in his heart for the northern lakes of Canada. By far one of the most stunning landscapes of the world, the Great Lakes of Canada are known for their number, size, biodiversity, and of course their beauty. This is why cleaning up and protecting the Great Lakes must then be a priority for all the people of the world.

George Tkalych

This is something that the Canadian government has already put a large amount of resources into. This is because there has already been a lot of damage done over the years via a number of factors, lowering the level of water quality, as well as attacking the levels of wildlife.

Dr Tkalych worked with this directly as an Assistant Biologist working for the Department of Natural Resources when he was a young man. He assessed the different types of fish and their populations, undertaking Limnology on the lakes to test the water quality, as well as echo testing to map the depths. It is here that the future surgeon found his love of the natural world and the beauty that God has created.

It is wonders like this that people like George Tkalych have worked hard to study and protect, but they are being squandered by progress. Which is why we need to focus on keeping hold of the wonder that nature has afforded us and ensure that these lakes are not just cleaned up, but protected forever.




George Tkalych understands what golf is really about. For most it is a game of skill and precision, a decent way of getting some fresh air and exercise, and perhaps good fun. Though all of this is true, for the avid golfer, there are other dimensions to this gentleman’s game, ideas that are focused more on the inner self.

George Tkalych

George Tkalych

Golf has long been applauded as the game of gentlemen. This is not simply because it is often played by successful professionals and the wealthy, but because it has strict etiquette attached to it. There is no tolerance for rudeness or poor manners, and thus is an excellent sport to develop respect.

But the game does go deeper than this. Unlike many other sports, golf is based on precision to the smallest degree. A golfer’s swing can improve by increments, with the slightest move creating a vast difference in outcome. This is one of the reasons why this is a game is considered a sport of focus and patience.

This focus also feeds into the concentration that a skilled golfer must possess. Concentration is an absolute must on the fairway and green (and of course the rough), as the golfer must be at one with body and ball, taking in everything around him to hit that perfect swing. For many who play, the practice can be somewhat Zen.

Ultimately though, it is a game of humility, and a sport that you play against yourself. Other sports are competitive in nature, with teams charging at each other with a ball flying around, or two contestants trying to launch a ball past each other. While golf certainly has a competitive element, and people do play with and against other, as well as in tournaments, it is ultimately a game about your personal best. The other people do not affect your game when you are out on the course (aside from maybe pressure), and each swing can be measured against the last.

Some people find these deep lessons in life in many different places, and there are a great many that find hidden virtues in golf every day. There are in fact books and websites dedicated to the concept, like The Zen of Golf, by Joseph Parent; which may help to explain to non-golfers why so many love the game so much.

George Tkalych is one of those that has a deep association with the gentleman’s game. With over twenty years playing the sport he has learned humility, patience, gratitude and sincerity; all qualities that he finds deeply important. Which is why people like him keep going back out there all through the year – to see what else they can find.