Planting Thousands of Trees to Help Re-green the Province

May 7, 2016

TORONTO, May 7, 2016 /CNW/ – Today, volunteers and planting partners in four communities across Ontario participated in Forests Ontario’s annual Community Planting Weekend. In the spirit of helping to re-green our province, more than 460 attendees planted a total of 2,800 new, native trees in Niagara, Windsor, Kitchener/Waterloo and York Region.

Now in its eighth year, the annual Community Planting Weekend was hosted by Forests Ontario and supported by CAA South Central Ontario, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Thompson Emergency Freight Services, Ecobee, and Ontario Wood.


“The tree planting events were not only a fun way to spend the day with family and friends, but were also a great way to create a local legacy and a greener tomorrow which will benefit current and future generations. CAA South Central Ontario is proud to have sponsored the events and is committed to giving back to the communities in which our members live and work,” said Cindy Hillaby, VP Membership & Automotive Services, CAA SCO.

“Tree planting activities like today increase forest cover across Ontario that benefit our ecosystem and human health,” said Rob Keen, RPF, CEO of Forests Ontario. “Trees enhance the vitality of our communities by cleaning our air, improving local water supplies, establishing wildlife habitat and providing a buffer against the effects of climate change. It’s wonderful to see families and youth getting their hands dirty to grow a greener future for everyone.”

A special thank you also goes out to our planting event partners: CAA South Central Ontario, TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Ontario Wood, Thompson Emergency Freight Services, Ecobee, Enbridge Gas Distribution, Grand River Conservation Authority, City of Windsor, Essex Region Conservation Authority, Niagara Parks Commission and Regional Municipality of York.

About Forests Ontario
Forests Ontario is the voice for our forests. Working to promote a future of healthy forests sustaining healthy people, Forests Ontario is committed to the re-greening of Ontario through tree planting efforts on rural lands and in urban areas, as well as the renewal and stewardship of Ontario’s forests through restoration, education and awareness. Visit or follow us @Forests Ontario.

About CAA South Central Ontario
As a leader and advocate for road safety and mobility, CAA South Central Ontario is a not-for-profit auto club which represents the interests of more than 2 million members. For over a century, CAA has collaborated with communities, police services and governments to help keep drivers and their families safe while travelling on our roads.

Park Grove sponsors kids from local non-profit Coconut Grove Cares to a night out at the Heat Game.

March 16, 2016

MIAMI (March 16, 2016)—Terra Group and The Related Group, the development team bringing the Park Grove community to the Coconut Grove neighborhood come 2018,gave back to its future community by sponsoring the kids at Coconut Grove Cares to an evening of fun and sports—over 100 of them.

The pre-construction development, which also happens to be the future home of a key figure from the Miami Heat, rented two buses and purchased over 100 tickets to bring the kids of Coconut Cares to watch the city’s most beloved team.

David Martin, President and Co-founder of Terra Group and Cathy Strafaci, Director of Sales at Park Grove, gave the kids their tickets to the game at the Barnyard at Coconut Grove Cares, who, in turn, presented them with a big thank you card for taking them to the game.

The buses then shuttled the kids off to American Airlines Arena for the Heat game and returned them back to the Barnyard at Coconut Grove Cares following for their parents to then bring them home.

This is the first in a series of efforts for the future residency, Park Grove, to give back to its community.

More about Coconut Grove Cares: Coconut Grove Caresis a not for profit organization dedicated to building a better community for the children and families in the Village West Coconut Grove. Its Barnyard community center is a safe, supervised place for neighborhood children. Through The Barnyard, Coconut Grove Cares offers free after-school and summer programs to children ages 5-13. The Barnyard is an alternative to the streets and the crippling realities of unemployment, poverty, violence, teenage pregnancy, and drugs–which are now exacerbated by the relentless pressure of gentrification.