D7070 Rotarians Unite!

On Sunday, April 22nd at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, the home of Canada’s largest veterans care facility, hundreds of trees were planted to add to the living memorial honouring those who served our country and sacrificed their lives. Contributions to the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign on behalf of various Rotary Clubs and Rotary District 7070 were also announced.

Event attendees witnessed a special ceremony, hosted by Mark Cullen, Canada’s gardening guru and Campaign Chair and Co-Founder of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign. Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre also celebrated receiving an award for Canada’s Greenest Employer for the 10th consecutive year. The special ceremony was followed by tree planting activities and a spring clean-up of the Sunnybrook grounds.

To date, at least 20 Rotary Clubs from District 7070 (which stretches from Toronto to Belleville) have become engaged with the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign. Enough funds have been pledged so that at least one tree will be planted for each of the 2,100 club members in the district, each tree ultimately becoming part of the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign.

Says Neil Phillips, Rotary International District 7070 Governor: “We are proud to support this initiative, combining as it does honouring those who have served our country, with making a positive environmental impact locally. By directly engaging families, we continue to work within the local communities we support each and every year across the province.”

Several substantial gifts on behalf of Rotary Clubs in district were made official during the first planting activity of 2018 for the Highway of Heroes Tree Campaign.

The Rotary Club of Richmond Hill President, Richard Housen and fellow Club Member, Noeline Paul are presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of fundraising efforts by the club.

The Rotary Club of Toronto East Member, Mike Phelan is presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of fundraising efforts by the club.

The Rotary Club of Newmarket Member, Guy Sovak is presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of fundraising efforts of both the club and the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College.

The Rotary Club of Scarborough incoming President, Joan Barrett is presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of fundraising efforts by the club.

The Rotary Club of Toronto Vice-President, Kevin Power is presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of fundraising efforts by the club.

The Rotary Club of Toronto West member, Patti Wright is presented with a certificate of appreciation in recognition of fundraising efforts by the club.

See below for even more pictures of a phenomenal day!