Celebrating Mary Majka

Posted February 17, 2014

The UNESCO-designated Fundy Biosphere Reserve wishes to publicly recognize the impressive legacy of naturalist and social activist Mary Majka, who passed away last week at the age of 90.

"Mrs. Majka has made an indelible impression on the people and environment of this region," states Dr. Yves Gagnon, Chair of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. "Many of us in New Brunswick have been working for years in conservation and sustainable development with Mrs. Majka as our model for passion, conviction, and success."

"Mrs. Majka's legacy is to challenge us all to be better," says Megan de Graaf, Executive Director of the Fundy Biosphere Reserve. "We have seen first-hand how her tenacity of spirit has resulted in better protection of species like the migratory shorebirds of the Upper Bay of Fundy. Due to her tireless work, both visitors and residents of this region have access to interpretation about these endangered birds and information on viewing ethics when visiting this sensitive area."

Not only a committed advocate for environmental protection, Mary Majka was also strongly invested in preserving the cultural history of the region. Ken Kelly, Fundy Biosphere Reserve Board member and Chair of the Captain Molly Kool project, says that Mary was instrumental in moving this project forward. "She recognized from the very beginning that Molly Kool's pioneering spirit made her a forerunner in women's rights, and that her legacy should be preserved for generations to come. Captain Kool was a New Brunswicker and truly an icon for the status of women, as is Mary in her own right for what she leaves behind."

The staff and Board of Directors of the UNESCO Fundy Biosphere Reserve would like to extend sincere condolences to Mrs. Majka's family and friends, and express the desire to see her influence and legacy continued for future generations.