Donor Spotlight: The Dunlop Family

We would like to thank the Dunlop family and highlight their contributions in this edition of our newsletter.

Kendra and Brock Dunlop attended one of our spring beekeeping courses in 2017 and have become very generous sponsors of our HBRC program. The workshop in our new Honey Bee Research Centre building will be named in Kendra’s honour.

The following article was excerpted from a cottage newsletter.

Busy Bees on Roxborough Island

Did you know that there are some busy bees working over on Roxborough Island? 

Several years ago Kendra Dunlop became enamoured with the island. Beekeeping seemed like a fun hobby for the whole family and that simple idea led the family to start one colony of bees in 2017, which has gradually grown to 6 colonies just this past summer. The journey to becoming beekeepers has been a lot of fun and has required extensive research. From courses at the Honey Bee Research Centre at Guelph University, to countless hours on YouTube, the family has developed their knowledge and their confidence in working with these fascinating little creatures. 

Sadly, Kendra lost a brave and courageous battle with Breast Cancer in 2020, but the family has kept up the apiary in her honour and as a testament to her passion for beekeeping. At the end of each summer, you will find the whole extended Dunlop clan at the island harvesting the honey and bottling the liquid gold. 

The family beekeeping business is known as Sideline Apiary, and all proceeds from the sales are donated to the Honey Bee Research Centre in Kendra’s honour.