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Oakvillegreen Receives $134,200 Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant

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Oakvillegreen Conservation Association is pleased to announce that it has received a grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation for a total of $134,200 to fund programs and two staff members in the Town of Oakville over the next two years.

“I was very pleased to hear that Oakvillegreen, thanks to this grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will be able to continue to support the wellbeing of Oakville’s green spaces. The tireless advocacy of Oakvillegreen has helped to promote sustainable planning and built a stronger and greener Oakville, and they are very deserving of this support,” said Oakville MPP, Kevin Flynn.

“The work that Oakvillegreen does in our community is vital to protecting and educating local residents on important environmental issues,” said Indira Naidoo-Harris, MPP for Halton.  “The Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant will support the wonderful programs Oakvillegreen runs in the Halton Region. This is a good way to recognize this organization’s great work.”

“More than ever, people are realizing the importance of the tree canopy and nature in our urban setting,” Karen Brock, President of Oakvillegreen. “We are delighted that we will be able to deliver and expand a range of community environmental programs with local groups, schools, businesses and other community partners to make Oakville a healthier place to live”.

Oakvillegreen will be hiring an Executive Director and Manager of Tree and Education programs to support their work.  Details about the positions can be found at www.oakvillegreen.org under “Careers”.

Oakvillegreen Conservation Association (OCA) is a grassroots, non-partisan community organization founded in 1999.   OCA’s mission is to protect and grow the natural environment in Oakville to make Oakville a healthier place to live.   OCA has successfully accomplished these goals over the past 15 years through a combination of advocacy, education programs and environmental initiatives like community tree planting.  OCA was instrumental in the formation of the Natural Heritage System in North Oakville, in a precedent–setting Ontario Municipal Board ruling, which preserved 30 percent of the land north of Dundas Street from development.

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities: www.otf.ca

Oakvillegreen acknowledged at Conservation Halton Awards

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CONSERVATION HALTON AWARDS 2014

Oakvillegreen was honoured to receive acknowledgement of our nomination by a member of the community, for our efforts in promoting sustainable tree planting in Oakville and engaging community volunteers.

“We so fortunate to have citizens who love to participate in our community tree plantings. They have been a huge success this spring,” said Karen Brock, Oakvillegreen president, who attended the Conservation Halton Awards on Tuesday, June 24 at the Milton Centre for the Arts. “We have planted almost 1000 trees and shrubs this spring, with help from Oakville volunteers.”

“Also, we want to congratulate Sean James of Fernridge Landscaping, whom may of you know from our native plant workshops, for receiving the Education (individual) award”.

For more info on the Awards and the inspiring people who were honoured for their work as Conservation Heroes, see http://www.conservationhalton.ca/media-releases/conservation-halton-recognizes-local-conservation-heroes

Volunteers Needed as Urban Forest Ambassadors

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VOLUNTEERS NEEDED as Urban Forest Ambassadors
Always wanted to know more about trees? Interested in helping trees in your neighbourhood and improving the urban forest canopy?
….Then become an Urban Forest AmbassadorFrom Town of Oakville Forestry:
“In partnership with BioForest Technologies Inc., the Town of Oakville is looking for volunteers to become part of an urban forest health ambassador program. You will learn basic forestry skills including tree identification and what the signs and symptoms are for Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) and other invasive insects. You will then apply these skills to help monitor and assess the trees in your neighbourhood. The number of trees monitored is entirely up to you and the time you have available. A healthy urban forest is an integral part of our community, and together we can keep it green!

If you are interested in becoming an ambassador, please email canopyclub@oakville.ca by July 14 for details.”

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