OCA Annual General Meeting – March 30/2015


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

  • 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!

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

2015 Citizen Survey – Have Your Say Today

Are the Real Issues that are Important for Livability Lost in the Noise?

The Town of Oakville’s 2015 Citizen Survey allows residents to share their kudos and concerns with our elected leadership.

Oakvillegreen members, volunteers and supporters of a greener Oakville please take 5 minutes to complete the short survey online here: https://logit.qfimr.com/SU0OEF77XMM before January 30, 2015!

Be sure to tell the Town about your specific concerns or highlight environmental and green infrastructure issues you feel are not addressed: tree loss from development, the need for more support to increase our urban forest canopy, planning and funding for an invasive species strategy, shade in parks and public spaces, more local greenspace gathering places, more support for community gardens,  more efficient public transit (with regional connections), safer cycling and walking infrastructure, conservation of greenspace….etc.

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The Town’s invitation to pariticpate indicates that the 2015 Citizen survey is used to “ensure we’re meeting your service expectations and to help us set our strategic priorities.”

You can also sign up for the Town’s Idea Forum to post your ideas about what you think would make Oakville better. For more details about the town’s citizen surveys or to access the Idea Forum and online survey visit oakville.ca.

Results of the 2015 Citizen Survey will be reported to Council as part of their strategic planning session on February 20, 2015. This presentation and a 2015 Report Card to Citizens will be available on the town’s website.


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