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OCA Volunteer Opportunities Blooming!

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Interested in strengthening your leadership skills, participating in great community events, and implementing new ideas to help Oakville bloom this year?

Our exciting Spring 2015 programs and events are approaching fast and we have lots of opportunities for volunteers!

We are recruiting NOW for several volunteer roles.  Please complete our VOLUNTEER application form to let us know you are interested in volunteering and we will contact you shortly.

Pollinator Demonstration Garden Stewards 
Under a blanket of snow, just outside Glen Abbey Community Centre, lies the future home of Oakvillegreen’s ‘Pop-Up Pollinator Native Plant Demonstration Garden‘. We need a team of committed folks to help us transform this green desert into a thriving example of the beauty, ecological diversity and community building that can spring up from the simple act of planting native plants! We get it, monarch populations have dropped by 90% in the last 20 years, and that is just downright depressing. BUT we are sure that being involved in helping to create and maintain this garden will make you feel at least 90% better that you’ve helped to DO something about it! Oh, and if you can help us come up with a shorter name for this garden, that’d be great too.
Giant Community Garage Sale Helpers
Can you believe that Saturday May 23rd, 2015 is our 10th annual Giant Community Garage Sale? Transforming Town Hall parking lot into a dynamic market place of garage sale goodies, music, food and zero-waste and energy-conservation fun, is no small task! We are looking for at least 10 volunteers to help us with various activities on the day of this event. The Giant Community Garage Sale is our largest fundraising event – last year we had 80 vendors and at least 500 people in attendance!
Pollinator Kit Assembly and Distribution
Love native plants? Well, we’ll have a truck-full of native plants ALL arriving at the same time for our pollinator demonstration garden, our pollinator kits, or schoolyard naturalization projects and our tree sale!  ALL this wonderful greenness will need to be unloaded, sorted and organized for pick-up on May 6th, 7th, 8th and 9th at the Town of Oakville greenhouse. If you can tell your oaks from birches, we’d especially love your help!  But if plant identification makes your head spin, fear not, enthusiasm is all that is required, and we’ll make sure you can at least tell the difference between milkweeds and bluestems at the end of the day! 
Communication and Website Super-Star
Do you crave creating crafty messages to help spread environmental awareness and share Oakvillegreen’s projects and upcoming events? Got web skills you want to show off? We are looking for some communication and website super-stars to help us share interesting environmental stories via blog posts, develop an Oakvillegreen naturalization on-line mapping tool and help share Oakvillegreen events and happenings with diverse audiences! 

OCA Annual General Meeting – March 30/2015

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Join us for our ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

MONDAY March 30th, 2015 – 6:30pm

                                                   Guest Speaker: Roger Dickhout – 7:30pm

We’ll host an inspiring environmentalist and an opportunity to socialize…

Queen Elizabeth Park Community and Cultural Centre – Multipurpose Room 1

Address: 2302 Bridge Rd, Oakville, ON L6L 3L5

Refreshments will be served.

Please RSVP to: ed@oakvillegreen.org

Agenda:
  • Receiving and reviewing the financial statements for the year ending December 31, 2014;
  • Meet the Board of Directors;
  • 2014 Highlights;
  • 2015 Programs and Plans.

Guest Speaker: Roger Dickhout – 7:30pm

Roger Dickhout, the former Chair of the Board of the World Wildlife Fund – Canada, will speak about his personal journey as an environmental volunteer.

Mr. Dickhout has had a long, distinguished career in his business and volunteer life. After many years as a global strategy consultant for McKinsey & Company Inc., Roger became President of Canada Bread. Since then, he has moved on to form Pineridge Group in 2004, where he has run many well known consumer brands including Liberte Yogurt, Lavo cleaning products and Pineridge Bakeries as the President and Chief Executive Officer.

Mr. Dickhout has used his leadership skills to make a difference for a major environmental organization. Roger was on the board of the WWF-Canada for eight years, the last four as Chair ending in the fall of 2014. He is also on the board of advisors for Investeco (an environmental investment fund) and Recochem Inc. Growing up in Sudbury, Roger gained his love of nature exploring the French River.

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Mr. Roger Dickhout, former WWF-Canada Chair and President and CEO of Pineridge Group, will be joining us to speak on his personal journey as an environmental volunteer.

Want to take action to help monarchs and pollinators in Oakville in 2015? Oakvillegreen can help!

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It is estimated that 80% of plants depend on pollinators to move pollen from one flower to another in order to reproduce. In Ontario we have many species of native pollinators, including bees, bumblebees, beetles, moths, butterflies and even hummingbirds.

Pollinator populations are declining globally due to habitat loss, pesticide use and urban development. We can help butterflies and other pollinators by creating small patches of habitat where these creatures can flutter and buzz.

Scientists consider that planting milkweed and other native wildflowers is one of the most important actions people can take to help support the threatened Monarch butterfly.

Oakvillegreen wants to help you transform your back yard, school yard, or garden space into habitat that will not only look great, but welcome butterflies and pollinators.

Join us by participating in one or more of our 2015 initiatives:

  • pop-up pollinator native garden kits, native shrubs/trees for sale soon on our website. Find more information about our kits:   Native Garden Kits from Oakvillegreen for private owners   and Native Garden Kits from Oakvillegreen for schools and community groups
  • hands-on workshops coming up on topics like: bee boxes, seed bombs, how to attract more pollinators to your garden. Stay tuned for dates, times and locations.
  • support, ideas, and presentations for schoolyard naturalization. Faith-based groups or schools also have a chance to receive a free pollinator native garden kit and our support for planting in 2015 through a collaboration with GSS (Greening Sacred Spaces Halton-Peel). To check conditions and eligibility visit their website.

 

To inquire about any of these programs please contact Beatriz Gomez at programs@oakvillegreen.org