The Ethan S. Bain Environmental Health Foundation is focused on providing educational opportunities and support for persons in the environmental health professional. The organization provides a range of financial awards to encourage individuals to reach their highest potential through education, thereby enhancing the quality of their lives and strengthening The Bahamas’ economy and environment.
Friends, family and professional colleagues of Ethan S. Bain established the Foundation to continue his legacy of providing opportunities for Bahamians in the industry. The group also partners with local schools and other nonprofit groups to promote anti-littering campaigns throughout the islands. As part of the organization’s vision, The Ethan S. Bain Environmental Health Foundation also helps deserving students to attain their educational goals, meet their professional objectives and succeed to their fullest ability.
In additional to academic scholarships, the Foundation enables practicing professionals to take advantage of opportunities for continuing professional development. Through this process, the Foundation helps the industry to improve recruitment and encourages retention in the environmental health science profession.
Born in Nassau, Bahamas in 1946, Ethan Samuel Bain began his professional career in the area of Preventative Health Care Services after completing studies at West Indies School of Public Health in Kingston, Jamaica. He later went on to earn a Bachelor’s Degree from East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, Tennessee. Later, he completed a Masters Degree in Environmental Health from Florida International University.
As an environmentalist, Ethan was an active member of the Bahamas National Trust and helped to orchestrate island-wide cleanup campaigns throughout New Providence. To his many family members, associates and church friends, he was an organizer, listener, motivator and the life of the party. Since Ethan was such a giving person who had a passion for the environment and environmental health, establishing a memorial foundation to assist students and professionals working and studying in the field would be an appropriate way for him to keep giving back to the community.
The Foundation not only allows Ethan’s name to live on but it provides persons in the environmental health field the opportunity to continue some aspects of their education or professional development.