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An exciting moment as the news is announced
The winning cheque
(L-R) Claude Anderson, April Robinson, Teresa Pearson and Thomas Dean
Canadian Mental Health Association (CMHA) Grey Bruce is overjoyed to announce one of its programs is the recipient of a major funding initiative.
CMHA Grey Bruce’s food forest project has been named the community resilience category winner of the Aviva Community Fund, a national contest with 59 entries nationwide. Along with the top spot comes $100,000, which will be invested into the project.
April Robinson, Fundraising & Event Coordinator excitedly holds the cheque
The food forest at St. George’s Park has been a community hub for three years. It includes a fruit orchard and 70 raised garden beds for vegetables, herbs and other edible plants.
CMHA Grey Bruce’s 12 client gardeners assist with planting, tending to and harvesting the crops. The fruit and vegetables are sold at local markets and used in a community brunch program that provides nutritional meals to about 60 people daily, Monday to Friday.
(L-R) Thomas Dean, Teresa Pearson and Pat Reain
The branch will use the money to get a kick-start on implementing a three-year plan which includes hiring a horticulturalist, adding pathways, building a storage shed and herb-drying station, putting up new fencing to enclose the orchard, installing washrooms and building additional parking.
Hot peppers one of the many crops grown
The food forest project secured a top-five spot in October thanks to a nationwide online voting campaign.
“We can’t thank Aviva Canada enough
for realizing the value of the food forest project and the impact it
has on the community,” said Claude Anderson, Executive Director of
CMHA Grey Bruce. “And of course we wish to thank the community and
local media. We would not have made it to the finalist stage without
all the local support and people voting relentlessly online.”
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Tuesday, December 06, 2016