Pamela first came to Fancy Free in 1981 as Tom’s new bride-to-be. A forest ecologist by training, she is deeply committed to maintaining the pristine environment of the Rideau Lakes area. Pamela is a public school board trustee with the Toronto District School Board. Tom and Pamela live in Toronto with their daughters Laura and Heather, who are in university.
Tom and Pamela have kept their respect for the environment as a priority in maintaining Fancy Free. Electricity for the cottage and island comes from sustainable sources of energy: wind and low-impact water generation, produced by Ontario’s Bullfrog Power. No pesticides, fertilizers or herbicides are used on Fancy Free’s lawns or gardens, and the cottage has a modern septic system especially designed for safe treatment of waste in small restricted areas such as islands. Linens are air-dried whenever possible in the breezes that constantly blow across the island.