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Ontario Trillium Foundation Grant Boosts Environmental Initiatives in Caledon

May 30, 2014


Media Release

For Immediate Distribution

(Caledon, May 30, 2014) - This Saturday, May 31, Toronto and Region Conservation will launch the Valleywood Community Project, a series of fun, environmentally-focused programs at a community planting event in Brampton. The Valleywood Community Project is an exciting new initiative taking root in the areas of South Fields and Valleywood and involves SouthFields Village Residents Group Association, Valleywood Residents Association, EcoCaledon, The Living City Foundation and Toronto and Region Conservation. The initiative has received a $157,700 boost from the Ontario Trillium Foundation.  Alex Dhanjal, an Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer, will be at the first Valleywood Community Planting event to formally announce the funding.


"We are thrilled to receive the funding from the Ontario Trillium Foundation that will help us to work with the community and show residents how to be better stewards of the environment," said Joanne Jeffrey, Manager Stewardship and Outreach, Toronto and Region Conservation. "The funds will assist us to bring in new workshops, community clean up events and restoration work to this area."

Funds from the Ontario Trillium Foundation grant are being used to help with a number of community environmental activities being planned for the area over the next three years including:


  • Engaging 600 residents each year in environmental activities
  • Hosting Pollinator Habitat Workshops
  • Hosting Greening Your Grounds Landscaping Workshops
  • EcoCaledon's Paint a Picture For Water Conservation Program to all schools in Caledon
  • Create and install interpretive signs along the trail
  • Hosting planting events along the trail
  • Hosting monitoring events along the trail
  • Establishing meadow habitat plots, and
  • Installing interpretive signs along the trail



At the Valleywood Community Planting this weekend, residents will get to help plant native trees and shrubs, participate in fun stewardship activities, build pollinator habitats and learn what we can do as residents to become better stewards of our local environment.

To learn more about the Valleywood Community project visit

Valleywood Community Planting and Program Launch

Date: Saturday, May 31, 2014

Time: 10 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

Location: 31 Inder Heights Drive ON

Parking is located along Inder Heights Dr. and walk along trail to planting site.

Ontario Trillium Foundation

A leading grantmaker in Canada, the Ontario Trillium Foundation strengthens the capacity of the voluntary sector through investments in community-based initiatives. An agency of the Government of Ontario, OTF builds healthy and vibrant communities. To learn more, please visit:

Toronto and Region Conservation

With 60 years experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look after the natural environment. TRCA's vision is for the Living City - a cleaner, greener and healthier place to live, for you today and for your children tomorrow. For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at

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Rowena Calpito

Supervisor, Public Relations, Toronto and Region Conservation

Tel: 416-661-6600 Ext. 5632 E-mail:




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