TORONTO, May 3, 2019 /CNW/ - Members of the media are invited to attend the Manulife Paddle the Don opening ceremony at Toronto's Ernest Thompson Seton Park on Sunday, May 5, 2019.
Drawing hundreds of paddlers and spectators, the event features participants canoeing and kayaking the Don River to foster support and raise funds for Toronto and Region Conservation Authority's (TRCA) crucial environmental initiatives. The 10.5 kilometre paddle starts in the park and concludes at Corktown Common.
The opening ceremony will feature speeches by Jennifer Innis, Chair of TRCA's Board of Directors, Stacey Grant-Thompson, Chief Marketing Officer, Manulife Canada, Jean Yip, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt and more. Media are invited to stay and take photos or capture footage of the paddlers embarking down the river at the launch site in the park.
What: Opening Ceremony for Manulife Paddle the Don
Where: Ernest Thompson Seton Park
Parking is available at the Ontario Science Centre, located at 770 Don Mills Road in their overflow lot at Gateway Boulevard. Media can board a shuttle to Ernest Thompson Seton Park and then walk approximately 450 metres down the path to the media check-in desk in the park. Shuttles will begin running at 7:30 a.m.
When: Sunday, May 5, 2019
8:00 a.m. Opening Ceremony (Media check-in at 7:45 a.m.)
8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Participants paddle the Don River
10:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Manulife Landing Party event at Corktown Common (155 Bayview Drive) to celebrate a successful paddle down the Don River
Opening Ceremony Speakers:
- John MacKenzie, Chief Executive Officer, TRCA (Master of Ceremonies)
- Jim Morrison, Councillor, Toronto and York Region Métis Council
- Shirley Debassige, Women's Rep, Toronto and York Region Métis Council
- Jean Yip, Member of Parliament for Scarborough-Agincourt
- Stacey Grant-Thompson, Chief Marketing Officer, Manulife Canada
- Christopher Hilkene, Chief Executive Officer, Pollution Probe
- Jennifer Innis, Chair of TRCA's Board of Directors
SOURCE Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
For further information: Media Contact: Jess Harris, Media Relations Specialist, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Cell: (416) 274-2036, [email protected]