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Conservation Programs in Western Durham Get A Boost With Earth Day Fundraiser Featuring Canadian Rock Band Lighthouse

Mar 31, 2010

(TORONTO - March 31, 2010) - To celebrate Earth Day and raise awareness and support for conservation projects in the western Durham Region, Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility, the local business community, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA), Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H.), and legendary rock band Lighthouse invite the public and business community to Sunny Days for Conservation at the Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility, Ajax on April 22.

"As Pickering residents we want to give back to our community and we believe conservation is an important part of a healthy community," said Ron Halliday, Development Manager, Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility and Durham resident.  "We are responsible members of the development community and are moving towards sustainable subdivisions, including the first Energy Star project in Pickering.  We are happy to host Sunny Days for Conservation and bring together the development and conservation communities to celebrate Earth Day."

The evening celebrates conservation in the community, will include live music, a delicious dinner, and a silent auction. All the proceeds from the event will go to The Conservation Foundation of Greater Toronto to support hands-on projects undertaken in western Durham Region. 

"Lighthouse is pleased to be part of this special event on Earth Day and encourage our fans to join us in supporting these important conservation initiatives in western Durham," said Dan Clancey, Lead Singer, Lighthouse and Durham resident.

Working with various partners, TRCA leads a variety of conservation initiatives, including environmental education, habitat restoration and community stewardship.  The Sunny Days for Conservation fundraiser will benefit three programs including:

Claremont Field Centre: Located along Duffins Creek, the Claremont Field Centre is a residential, outdoor education centre that offers a wide range of environmental programs designed to provide elementary and high school students with hands-on learning experiences.  Proceeds from this event will be used to ensure that students, regardless of family economic status, will be able to experience outdoor education at the Claremont Field Centre.

Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration Program: Duffins Creek is one of three creeks in Ontario selected for the Atlantic salmon restoration program.  This initiative strives to re-establish a sustainable Atlantic salmon population in Lake Ontario by hatching young salmon, releasing them into the creek and restoring their habitat.  Proceeds from this event will be used to purchase classroom hatcheries and continue the restoration of in-stream habitat. 

As part of Sunny Days for Conservation, students from elementary schools in Durham Region will help members from the O.F.A.H., MNR and TRCA release Atlantic salmon fry into Duffins Creek at the Claremont Field Centre starting at 9 am on April 22.

"The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters is proud to work alongside Toronto and Region Conservation, the Ministry of Natural Resources, Banrock Station Wines, the LCBO, the Fish For Ever Foundation, Fleming College, and many other partners in the historic Bring Back the Salmon initiative, " said Mike Reader, O.F.A.H. Executive Director. "We are grateful to the Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility, Lighthouse and others who have so generously donated their time and resources in support of Atlantic salmon restoration, as well as TRCA's education and stewardship efforts in Durham Region."

Stewardship and Outreach Education: Engaging students, homeowners and communities in environmental activities and behaviours is the foundation of a sustainable society.  Programs available in western Durham Region include private land tree planting and habitat creation, classroom programs, educational workshops, and public events such as interpretive hikes.  Proceeds from this event will be used to support stewardship programs for rural and urban residents.

"Sunny Days for Conservation is a wonderful opportunity to bring together people from the business and conservation communities to celebrate Earth Day and recognize our accomplishments in western Durham," said Gerri Lynn O'Connor, Chair - Toronto and Region Conservation Authority and Durham resident.

What: Sunny Days for Conservation

Singles tickets for $200 or tables of 10 for $2,000

To purchase tickets on-line visit www.sunnydaysforconservation.ca or call 416-661-6600 ext 5276

When: Thursday, April 22, 2010, Reception starts at 6 pm. Dinner at 7 pm

Where: Deer Creek Golf and Banquet Facility, 2700 Audley Road North, Ajax, Ontario L1Z 1T7

Toronto and Region Conservation

With over 50 years of experience, Toronto and Region Conservation (TRCA) helps people understand, enjoy and look-after the natural environment. Our vision is for The Living City®, where human settlement can flourish forever as part of nature's beauty and diversity.  For more information, call 416-661-6600 or visit us at www.trca.on.ca

Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

The Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters (O.F.A.H) is the largest nonprofit, nongovernment fish and wildlife conservation organization in Canada, representing more than 100,000 members, subscribers and supporters.  For more information, call 705-748-6324 or visit us at www.ofah.org

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Elizabeth Oakley
Tel: 416-661-6600 ext 5856
media@trca.on.ca

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