Ontario Trillium Foundation recognizes project's outstanding impact
TORONTO, Feb. 22, 2012 /CNW/ -
The Ontario Trillium Foundation today announced that Forest for Life is a finalist for the prestigious 2012 Great Grants Awards. The awards
recognize Ontario organizations that have demonstrated exceptional
results, innovation and a lasting impact on the communities they serve.
Forest for Life has been selected as a finalist in the environment category. A total of
eight 2012 Great Grants Awards recipients will be recognized in the
presence of Hon. Michael Chan, Ontario Minister of Tourism, Culture and
Sport, at a ceremony in Toronto on March 23.
Forest for Life c/o Woodstock & District Developmental Services
Harvesting young minds and forests
Planting non-native trees was a common practice in Oxford, Elgin and
Middlesex counties since getting native tree stock had become
increasingly difficult and expensive. In 2006, the local stewardship
committees partnered with Woodstock and District Developmental Services to find an alternative. Together they created three community-lead
nurseries and developed an innovative, cost-effective system of direct
seed harvesting and tree planting to fill the lack of native stock.
Individuals with physical and developmental disabilities joined this
collaborative community initiative and worked jointly with the local
greenhouses and nurseries. As the sustainable program grew, thousands
of local students came to participate and appreciate the importance of
taking care of our forests. Private individuals have now donated land
for additional nurseries and a demonstration site opened at the Great
Outdoor Farm Show in Woodstock. Thanks to the leadership of these
innovative partners, native trees will continue to take root in Oxford,
Elgin and Middlesex and grace their forests.
Forest for Life was awarded a Community grant of $108,000 over three years in 2006.
"We are very proud of Forest for Life and are excited that, with this
nomination, its work in the community will now be acknowledged across
Ontario. The efforts of these partners go to the heart of the
Foundation's own work: to support good ideas and help foster community
connections that improve people's quality of life."
Bettianne Hedges, Chair of Thames Valley Grant Review
"In partnership with the Ministry of Natural Resources and its Forests
for Life initiative, Woodstock & District Developmental Services has been able to provide increased opportunities for people with
developmental disabilities to be participating, contributing and
environmentally conscious members of their community."
Deb Roloson, Community Involvement, Woodstock &
District Developmental Services
Ontario Trillium Foundation Great Grants Award finalists were selected
from among some 4,500 groups that received OTF support between April
2006 and December 2010
Eight Great Grants Awards will be presented on March 23 in Toronto:
- One award for each of OTF's four funded sectors: arts and culture,
sports and recreation, environment, and human and social services
- The Minister's Award
- The Chair's Award
- The CEO's Award
- The People's Choice Award
OTF grants funding to approximately 1,500 organizations each year.
SOURCE Ontario Trillium Foundation
For further information:
Ontario Trillium Foundation
1.800.263.2887 ext. 265
Woodstock & District Developmental Services