Renowned artist and author Franke James is the keynote speaker when Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) presents the 11th annual Friends of the Credit Stewardship Forum on Saturday, Oct. 15, at University of Toronto Mississauga.

James merges science, art and storytelling to inspire people to take action and “do the hardest thing first” for the planet. Her book, Bothered by My Green Conscience, is a collection of five visual stories about her true-life adventures in going green. In 2007, she made headlines by successfully winning permission from Toronto City Hall for the right to build a green driveway. Recently, she traveled to the Boreal Forest to write the story, Who cares about the Forest? for Forest Stewardship Council of Canada.

This year’s Forum is dedicated to forests. The Theme Forests: Rooted in Our Community reflects the United Nations International Year of Forests to raise awareness on sustainable management, conservation and sustainable development of all types of forests. To maintain the health of our forests and grow our urban tree canopy, CVC works on a number of initiatives throughout the year. In 2010, CVC planted 130,000 trees through landowner reforestation programs and more than 10,000 trees though the highly-successful Conservation Youth Corps (CYC) program.

The stewardship forum runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and is open to anyone who lives in the Credit River Watershed and has an interest in the environment. The keynote address begins at 9 a.m. Morning sessions run from 10 a.m. to noon, followed by a volunteer appreciation lunch. Afternoon sessions run from 2 p.m. to 2:50 p.m. followed by closing remarks. The deadline to register is Monday, October. 3. To register or for more information visit: The event includes a complimentary lunch.

Media Contacts:

Marta Marychuk
Acting Supervisor, Communications
905-670-1615 ext. 224
[email protected]

Lindsey Jennings
Assistant Program Coordinator, Community Outreach
905-670-1615, ext. 445
[email protected]

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