In the summer of 2009, hundreds of campers in twelve Ontario camps planted 2300 seedlings on their camp properties. These seedlings were delivered to the camps free of charge through the auspices of a charity created by Andrea Koehle Jones. Andrea, Executive Director of Love Trees (www.lovetrees.ca) and The ChariTREE Foundation (www.charitree.ca), is a journalist, author, environmental entrepreneur, former camper and mother of two children who lives on Bowen Island, British Columbia. Her company offers a unique educational tree planting program, which combines Andrea’s two passions: children and the environment.
When a child plants a tree, a very meaningful and powerful experience, they get to make a wish for the planet. Andrea calls them Wish Trees. Andrea has traveled to Africa to plant trees with school children. A video of this experience can be viewed on Andrea’s website.
Owing to the success of this pilot project in Ontario in 2009, CCA/ACC, with Andrea’s continuing commitment, is able to extend this free tree-planting opportunity to camps across Canada.
To sign up for this great program:
1. Visit The ChariTREE Foundation website to learn more about the work of this charity. www.charitree.ca
2. By May 1, 2010, order your seedlings (from 50 to 250) by e-mail through your provincial CCA/ACC representative. The seedlings are very compact. (1500 fit easily into the trunk of a car.)
British Columbia: Pam Chater (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Alberta: Kathy Keohler (email@example.com)
Saskatchewan: Donna Wilkinson (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Manitoba: Liora Glow (email@example.com )
Ontario: Dave Graham (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Quebec: Tanya Desrochers (email@example.com )
New Brunswick: Stephane Richard (Stephane.Richard@diabetes.ca )
Nova Scotia: Heather MacDonald (firstname.lastname@example.org )
Newfoundland: Malcolm Turner (email@example.com )
3. Each provincial representative will choose one central location with a mailing address where the seedlings will be delivered in mid June. Andrea’s charity will pay the shipping costs to one location in each province. The CCA/ACC provincial representative arranges for pick up or distribution of the tress in each province. Seedlings can be stored for a short period in a cool place.
4. On receipt, the camp signs a commitment to plant the seedlings with their campers shortly after receiving the supply. The sooner the seedlings are planted the greater chance of their survival.
5. It’s FREE! It’s simple! It will make a difference to your campers, your camp and the environment!
Order your seedlings from your provincial representative today!