TD Green Sunday: 800 trees planted in Mount Royal park!



    MONTREAL, June 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Green shield, greener thumb! Nearly 250
TD Bank Financial Group employees get their hands dirty in support of Les amis
de la montagne initiative to conserve our city's natural treasure. Employees
and their families gathered last Sunday in Mount Royal Park to plant 800 trees
and shrubs and to cut down alien invasive species in support of an initiative
led by Les amis de la montagne to protect and enhance Mount Royal's
biodiversity.
    "This fundamental cause touches our collective future and that of the
next generation," said Christine Marchildon, Senior Vice-President, Quebec
Region, TD Canada Trust. "Thanks to devoted volunteers who work on behalf of
the planet, as well as the commitment of institutions and communities, we can
make a difference and protect our environment. This activity is a true success
and demonstrates our deep commitment!"
    TD Green Sunday is an annual tree-planting activity held by employees of
TD Bank Financial Group in support of its national charity TD Friends of the
Environment Foundation. This initiative is one of many annual events that TD
Bank Financial Group and its employees take part in to promote the protection
of the environment.
    "Les amis de la montagne are very pleased to collaborate with TD Bank
Financial Group, an exemplary partner. This multi-year partnership runs deeper
than its financial contribution. By coming to the mountain to participate in
hands-on tree planting activities or the removal of invasive plant species,
the employees and their families embody their companies' commitment," said
Sylvie Guilbault, Executive Director, Les amis de la montagne.
    Nearly three quarters of the participants planted 800 trees and shrubs
including indigenous species such as the Red Oak, Striped Maple, Mountain
Maple and Cranberry tree. These plantings took place in the Beaver Lake sector
of the park. Another 50 participants cut down buckthorn, an alien invasive
species on the mountain, also in the Beaver Lake sector.
    Les amis de la montagne have been committed to a series of environmental
activities and educational programs to raise awareness about the importance of
Mount Royal's natural environment since 1998, in keeping with the objectives
of the City of Montreal's Mount Royal Protection and Enhancement Plan. All
activities are supervised by professionals and are in line with a scientific,
research-based process aimed at increasing knowledge of the natural
environment and intervention methods for its conservation.

    About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF)

    Since 1990, TD FEF has provided nearly $50 million in funding to over
18,000 grassroots environment and wildlife projects across Canada. In 2008, TD
FEF provided more than $3 million in support of over 800 projects. Thousands
of TD customers and employees donate to TD FEF on a monthly basis and TD Bank
Financial Group contributes in excess of $1 million annually. TD also covers
the management costs of running TD FEF; this ensures 100 per cent of every
dollar donated goes directly to funding environment and wildlife projects in
the community where the donation was made. For more information on how to
donate and get involved in your community, visit www.tdfef.com

    About Les amis de la montagne

    Les amis de la montagne is an independent charitable organization founded
in 1986 that works to protect and enhance Mount Royal through community
involvement and environmental education. For more information on Les amis'
activities, visit www.lemontroyal.qc.ca

    Picture of event available




For further information:

For further information: Gabrielle Korn, Les amis de la montagne, (514)
843-8240 ext. 237, gkorn@lemontroyal.qc.ca; Fiona Hirst, TD Bank Financial
Group, (514) 385-2222 ext. 2474, Fiona.hirst@tdassurance.com

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