TORONTO, Feb. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - Councillor Norm Kelly (Ward 40
Scarborough-Agincourt), Chair of Toronto's Parks and Environment
Committee, and Andrew Sorbara, Vice-Chair of the Toronto Parks and
Trees Foundation, today announced that the W. Garfield Weston
Foundation is donating $25,000 for Riverdale Farm. The City-operated
farm is located at 201 Winchester St. in Ward 28. Councillor Pam
McConnell (Ward 28 Toronto Centre-Rosedale) was also present for the
"On behalf of the farm animals in the care of City staff at Riverdale
Farm, I would like to thank the W. Garfield Weston Foundation for its
donation," said Councillor Kelly. "Riverdale Farm, an example of a 19th-century Ontario farm right here in downtown Toronto, is visited annually
by thousands of people from across the city and beyond - who thank you
"Riverdale Farm is a beloved jewel that offers Torontonians and visitors
of all ages the rare opportunity to experience a working farm in the
centre of the city," said Councillor McConnell. "This donation, along
with the generous giving from the last year and into the future, will
help us continue to operate and enhance this exceptional rural oasis."
The W. Garfield Weston Foundation was established in the 1950s to
benefit Canadians in Canada. Currently the foundation supports
organizations in the fields of education, conservation and science in
Canada's North. Today, the family's business includes the Weston baking
company and Loblaw Companies Limited.
Riverdale Farm was selected by the W. Garfield Weston Foundation's board
members as an important initiative they wanted to support. "The
trustees were impressed by the farm's dedication to the community,
education and animal care," said Eliza Mitchell, Director. "I am
delighted that this donation will be used by the newly formed Riverdale
Farm Stewardship group to leverage support in matching funds."
The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation receives donations to support
City parks projects, and chose Riverdale Farm as the recipient of this
donation. The contribution will support the newly formed Riverdale Farm
Stewardship Group's fundraising efforts to achieve long-term stability
for Riverdale Farm.
"We are confident that this donation will go a long way toward building
a sustainable funding base for this important community resource," said
Cynthia MacDougall, Chair of Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation. "We
thank the W. Garfield Weston Foundation for this generous support."
Information about how to support Riverdale Farm is available at http://www.torontoparksandtrees.org/riverdale-farm.
Information about Riverdale Farm itself is available at http://www.toronto.ca/parks/featured-parks/riverdale-farm/.
The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is a charitable public foundation
dedicated to enhancing Toronto's green spaces. It promotes and supports
philanthropy, seeking and accepting donations, corporate sponsorship
and community involvement to enhance Toronto's parks and urban forest.
For information about the Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation
initiatives, call 416-397-5178 or visit http://www.torontoparksandtrees.org.
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