Like most donors of the Pacific Salmon Foundation, Bob Gayton’s support for wild Pacific salmon conservation is very personal. Gayton grew up in Saanich where he fished in Deep Cove, and some summers, in Bates Beach above Comox. During university he moonlighted as fishing guide during the summer at April Point in Campbell River. Since then, he has passed his love of fishing and philanthropy to his son Scott who is a member of the Foundation’s Major Donors Circle. Gayton provided impetus for the Strait of Georgia Program through personal fundraising efforts and a substantial personal donation of more than $70,000. The Strait of Georgia Program to restore Chinook and Coho in the Strait of Georgia has since grown into the landmark multi-million dollar Salish Sea Marine Survival Project. In 2011, Gayton was awarded Emeritus status by the Foundation’s board of directors in honour of more than 12 years of service on the board and more than $100,000 in personal donations.
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