David Suzuki Foundation – Toronto’s Natural Homegrown Park project

The following message is from the David Suzuki Foundation:

Do you have great ideas and a passion for community? Do you live, work or play in Toronto’s Ward 19?

If you answered yes, you need to be part of Toronto’s Homegrown National Park project!

The David Suzuki Foundation has embarked on a mission to establish a “Homegrown National Park” in the City of Toronto by creating a vibrant green corridor following the former path of Garrison Creek, one of the city’s most important lost rivers. We’re seeking motivated and creative individuals who will work together with the David Suzuki Foundation and our project partners to help us grow, restore and enhance urban green space within the Homegrown National Park.

The program will kick off with a Camp Suzuki training weekend in April [2013]. Foundation staff and program partners will help you develop your idea, plan your project and engage your community. It’s an opportunity to build your leadership skills, get outside and raise awareness of the nature around us.

Meet new people, start your own community project and have fun!

Space is limited so apply today! To apply or learn more, visit the DSF website.

Aryne Sheppard

Senior Public Engagement Specialist
David Suzuki Foundation
101-179 John Street
Toronto, ON M5T 1X4
(800) 453-1533 ext. 1574

Poster:

You can access a poster related to the event here:

HGNP-1pager

[End of message from David Suzuki Foundation]

Jim Fulton, DSF executive director, 1993-2004

Jim Fulton. Photo source: http://atowncalledpodunk.blogspot.ca/

During the late 1960s, when I was a student at Simon Fraser University, I got to know Jim Fulton, then a student and later a significant figure in Canadian political life who after retirement from federal politics served as executive director of the David Suzuki Foundation from 1993 to 2004.

He had a huge impact on the development of the Foundation. The DSF website shares the following information about him:

In Memory of Jim Fulton, Executive Director (1993-2004)

“When Jim first stormed into the tiny office that contained this then-fledgling foundation, he injected an air of energy, of possibility and, often most important, of bonhomie, that came to define the DSF. With Jim in the room, there was always a sense that, whatever we did, things would probably turn out for the better.

“The David Suzuki Foundation is, today, the most influential environmental organization in the country — one of the most influential on the continent — and this is in large part due to Jim’s legacy of credible, compelling and unquestionably intelligent policy analysis and advice. It’s a legacy that will continue to serve this organization as we seek to serve all Canadians and, through the pursuit of sustainability, all the citizens of the world.

“On behalf of those people — all the beneficiaries in all the years to come — the Board of Directors of the David Suzuki Foundation would like to say that we are deeply grateful: we are thankful to have called Jim Fulton a friend and colleague, grateful for his leadership and, perhaps above all, hopeful that his legacy will help guide us into a more truly sustainable future.”

 

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