The ForeverGreen Gala raised over $130,000
Thank you Kanata residents and friends for an incredible night and for your support!
What a wonderful evening for our community! Jean and Chris Teron spoke eloquently as our Honourary Co-Chairs. Our sell-out crowd welcomed celebrities Daniel Alfredsson and Chris Phillips and our own tech titan Terry Matthews who made the important connection of greenspace to livability and employment. He was joined by Mayor Jim Watson along with our elected representatives Councillor Jenna Sudds and MP Karen McCrimmon and MPP Merrillee Fullerton. Kurt Stoodley was wonderful as our emcee for the evening.
The Brookstreet was a beautiful venue and incredible sponsor as was our Contributing Sponsor Christine Hauschild Realty Team. We were so fortunate to have their support.
We truly appreciated our Corporate Sponsors and their generosity as well. More than 300 tickets were bought by individual residents and friends who filled our ‘street tables’ to remind us all of the friendship and commitment to our cause from within our community.
Our event was made extra special by the generous contributions of Jiffy Photo and Print, Mastermind Event Rentals and FMAV. A special thanks to Oyster Bay Wines as well.
And as always, we accomplish little without the work of our dedicated volunteers. From collecting silent and live auction prizes, to prepping bid sheets, manning the coat-check to pulling on and off 430 white chair covers… you are a very special bunch. Thank you so much!
We’ll see you at ForeverGreen next year!
Our keynote speaker Diana Beresford-Kroeger was amazing!
Our sell-out audience was regaled by our keynote speaker Diana Beresford-Kroeger a botanist, scientist, author and incredible raconteur. The audience marvelled at her stories, experiences and her knowledge. If you couldn’t join us at ForeverGreen, check out our video of Beresford-Kroeger and all of our speakers on Facebook.
We were also lucky enough to have the good folks from Perfect Books, an independent book seller here in Ottawa, make a supply of Beresford-Kroeger books available for sale during the evening. The books promptly sold out with buyers lining up for an autograph from the author. Perfect Books then generously donated the $1,200 in profits to the KGPC! If you missed buying a book that evening or are interested in purchasing one, please check out Perfect Books and support this generous independent book seller.
And for all of you who are about to start ‘Forest Bathing’ while you channel the advice of Beresford-Kroeger …do mind the cold! We are looking to identify a source of Populus Balsamifera for our supporters as well. Stay tuned!
Plant a memento from ForeverGreen at your home
Our organizing committee worked tirelessly to produce a great evening that was also respectful of our environment and with an eye to sustainability too. Our centrepieces were handmade to include live saplings of White Pine and White Spruce which our guests were encouraged to take home and plant to contribute to our green environment.
We have 85 or so young dormant saplings remaining. If you would like to welcome spring with a new tree on your property, please write to us at email@example.com You can pick them up at your convenience. They can be planted in a pot and kept watered indoors in indirect light until spring or, left dormant by keeping them refrigerated until you move them outdoors and plant them in the spring.
ClubLink….we’ll see you in court on Feb 27 & 28!
Our legal team at Caza Saikaley are busy working towards several filing deadlines in February and, of course, those two Hearing days.
We mentioned the February 27 & 28 days in our last newsletter and they have since been confirmed. Mark your calendar! We will be organizing a direct bus from central Kanata North to the Elgin Street Courthouse to reduce our carbon footprint and make it easier and less expensive for folks to attend the Hearing. Once we have a better understanding of the logistics, we will be back to you with more information.
Kanata North Greenspace Appreciation Day – Sunday, February 23
Councillor Jenna Sudds recently announced this event to celebrate our area greenspaces. The KGPC is looking forward to working with our area Community Associations to help celebrate this fun day. We welcome your suggestions or ideas for activities. If you would like to share your ideas as to how the KGPC can help, write us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always pleased to hear your comments, questions or suggestions. Write us anytime.
Chair, Kanata Greenspace Protection Coalition