October 21, 2014 – The spirit of cooperation was in the air on Wednesday, October 15 when Credit Valley Conservation (CVC) and The Co-operators joined forces for their annual community tree planting. The event marked The Co-operators’ tenth year of participating in CVC’s Tree Planting Program.
“Building an environmentally sustainable future requires strong support from the business community,” said Mike Puddister, Director of Restoration and Stewardship for CVC. “We are encouraged by The Co-operators’ long-standing commitment to the local environment.”
Over the last 10 years, The Co-operators contributed 500 hours of volunteer time and planted 1,500 native trees and shrubs, which covers approximately two football fields (2.5 acres or 1.01 hectares). This contributes to urban forest cover and improves air and water quality. The annual tree planting takes place during ‘Co-op Week’, The Co-operators’ annual celebration of their role in Canadian society.
“The Co-operators is a strong supporter of volunteerism and believes in giving back to the communities where we work, live and play,” said Tracey Roy, Accident Benefits Claims Specialist for The Co-operators. “We would like to thank CVC for giving us this very rewarding volunteer experience. We have enjoyed making this tree planting event a part of our Co-op Week celebrations, and look forward to continuing the tradition in the years to come.”
Together with its government, community and business partners, CVC has planted nearly six million trees in the Credit River watershed since 1954. CVC relies on its dedicated volunteers to restore nature across the Credit River watershed. Over 6,000 corporate, community and youth volunteers have contributed 28,000 volunteer hours in 2014.
Trees planted by The Co-operators ten years ago are now beginning to mature and provide their full benefit to communities and the environment. On average, a 10 year old tree can absorb 21.8 Kg (48 lbs) of carbon dioxide per year. This keeps carbon out of the atmosphere and helps reduce the impact of climate change.
Co-op Week celebrations began in Canada in 1981 in the Maritimes and Saskatchewan. In 1982, the celebration went national with the encouragement of the Co-operative Union of Canada, a predecessor of the Canadian Co-operative Association (CCA).
The Co-operators’ staff at 10th annual tree planting event during Co-op Week
The Co-operators’ staff giving back to the community during annual community tree planting event
Conservation Authorities are a provincial/municipal partnership. CVC was established by an act of the province in 1954 with a mandate to protect all natural resources other than minerals in the area drained by the Credit River. We have been working for 60 years with our partner municipalities and stakeholders to protect and enhance the natural environment of the Credit River watershed for present and future generations. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario. CVC gratefully acknowledges financial support from our member municipalities for facilities, programs and services: the Regions of Peel and Halton; the Cities of Mississauga and Brampton; the Towns of Caledon, Erin, Halton Hills, Mono, Oakville and Orangeville; and the Townships of Amaranth and East Garafraxa. CVC is a member of Conservation Ontario.
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