-Music meets the environment at the 16th Annual Charles Sauriol
Environmental Dinner for The Living City on November 12-
TORONTO, Nov. 3 /CNW/ - On Thursday, November 12th, government representatives, businesses, community organizations and interested individuals will come together to celebrate the legendary work of conservationist and visionary Charles Sauriol. The Charles Sauriol Environmental Dinner for The Living City(R) is one of Canada's largest environmental events that raises funds to protect conservation lands in the Toronto region and helps to continue Sauriol's work of keeping the country green.
This year's featured guest speakers are Gord Downie and Mark Mattson of Lake Ontario WaterKeeper who will offer their own unique wisdom on environmental stewardship in "Heart of the Lake; an evening of song, dance, poetry and conversation". Gord Downie is best known as the lead vocalist and lyricist of Canada's most beloved band, The Tragically Hip, who have thrilled audiences around the world with their live performances for over two decades. He is also a Trustee of Lake Ontario through his support of the Waterkeeper Alliance. Mark Mattson is President and Waterkeeper of Lake Ontario. He works tirelessly to promote and defend the ideals that safe waterways belong to the people.
"Land connects us all, it feeds us through agriculture, it sustains life and is a foundation for our communities," said Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair, Toronto and Region Conservation. "When we make these connections we then realize the importance of conserving and protecting our land. Thanks in part to our supporters including land donours, corporations, municipalities and leaders like Gord Downie and Mark Mattson, we are able to continue our efforts to preserve greenspace in Canada's largest urban centre."
To date, the event has raised more than $785,000 and entertained over 9,000 people. This dedication has enabled The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto and the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust to save thousands of acres of environmentally critical lands for the health and well being of future generations.
WHAT: 16th Annual Charles Sauriol Environmental Dinner for The Living
- "Heart of the Lake; an evening of song, dance, poetry and
conversation" will be performed by Gord Downie, Mark Mattson,
Joseph Boyden, Andrea Nann and Tanis Rideout.
- Live auction, including auction of a Yamaha FG720S Solid Top acoustic
guitar, donated by Cosmo Music and Yamaha Music Canada and autographed
by Gord Downie. Proceeds raised go to The Conservation Foundation of
Greater Toronto and the Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust.
- Charles Sauriol GreenSpace Awards Ceremony:
City of Toronto: In 2005 the City of Toronto created the Land
Acquisition for Source Water Protection Reserve to purchase lands to
provide protection and improvement of the water quality of the river
systems and watersheds that flow into Lake Ontario. This reserve has
been used to purchase lands both inside and outside of the City. To
date the City's contribution of $5.19 million has been used to help
acquire 632 acres of sensitive land in the regions of York, Peel and
Durham and the City of Toronto for a total acquisition cost of over
Douglas Groombridge: Douglas donated a 49 acre conservation easement
to Oak Ridges Moraine Land Trust (ORLMT), on May 8th, 2008. The
heavily forested holding is situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the
Township of King. Permanent headwater streams of the Schomberg River
flow through or start on the property, along with a number of
intermittent watercourses. The property lies near the top of the
moraine close to the watershed divide between the Schomberg River
running northward to Lake Simcoe and the Humber River running
southward to Lake Ontario.
Earl & Margaret Groombridge: Earl and Margaret donated a 48 acre
conservation easement to ORMLT, on October 23rd. The heavily forested
holding is situated on the Oak Ridges Moraine in the Township of King.
Permanent headwater streams of the Schomberg River flow through or
start on the property, along with a number of intermittent
watercourses. The property lies near the top of the moraine close to
the watershed divide between the Schomberg River running northward to
Lake Simcoe and the Humber River running southward to Lake Ontario.
Taylor Parnaby: Taylor, a well-known Toronto news veteran, has been a
devoted supporter of Charles Sauriol Environmental Dinner in his role
as the Master of Ceremonies since 1998.
- Paul Calandra, MP, Oak Ridges-Markham
- The Honourable Donna Cansfield, Minister of Natural Resources;
MPP, Etobicoke Centre
- City Councillor Glenn De Baeremaeker (Ward 38, Scarborough Centre)
- Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair and Brian Denney, CAO, Toronto and Region
- Gord Downie and Mark Mattson, Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
- George Stroumboulopoulos, Honourary Event Chair, and host of
CBC's The Hour
- Emmanuel Belliveau, MC and host of HGTV's Greenest Homes
- Denise Flys, daughter of Charles Sauriol
WHEN: Thursday, November 12, 2009 Reception starts 6:00 p.m. Dinner at
- 5:30 PM VIP reception
- 8:45 PM Charles Sauriol Greenspace Awards Ceremony
- 9:00 PM Featured guest performances
WHERE: Pearson Convention Center, 2638 Steeles Avenue East, Brampton,
$150 per person, business casual
With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City(R), where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca or www.charlessauriol.ca
SOURCE Toronto and Region Conservation Authority
For further information: For further information: Rowena Calpito, Supervisor, Media Management, Toronto and Region Conservation, T: (416) 661-6600 ext 5632; C: (416) 358-3446, E: firstname.lastname@example.org