TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Community Plant over 100 Trees

November 04, 2013
Family Resource Centre Grand OpeningWhitby Shores residents, the Scott Family, helped patients and staff of TD and Ontario Shores plant over 300 trees in early September.
TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health (Ontario Shores Foundation) celebrated the greening of the community in early September with a special TD Tree Days at Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences (Ontario Shores).

TD Tree Days at Ontario Shores provided an opportunity for individuals and organizations to demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship for the community with the planting of hundreds of trees. Durham Region TD employees, their families and friends along with staff, patients, volunteers, community partners and community members came together to lend support with the continued greening of the environment.  

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One such group of community members were a few special neighbours from the local Whitby Shores community.  Cynthia and Tracy Scott along with their daughter, helped patients and staff of TD and Ontario Shores plant over 300 trees to demonstrate environmental stewardship for the Whitby Shores community.

“I live a few minutes away from Ontario Shores and have had the opportunity to participate in community events before.  It was a way to give back to the community and help my daughter,” says Cynthia who stated she found out about the event through her local Brownies unit.

Ontario Shores values community involvement as a partner in our shared purpose to enhance our patients’ quality of life.  “The Scott’s family participation in TD Tree Days is a wonderful way for the local community to show its support to some of the events taking place at Ontario Shores,” says Neil Hannam, Executive Director of Ontario Shores Foundation.  

Ontario Shores Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Ian Dawe was also proud to be part of TD Tree Days. “The better a connection our patients can have with nature and the environment, the better and more natural we know their recovery to be.  TD values the positive benefits the environment has by investing corporately, socially and therapeutically with TD Tree Days,” says Dr. Dawe.

“Trees and the natural environment help mental health.  They have a favourable influence on the human mind and body and, according to certain studies, interacting with nature has a refreshing effect on our abilities of attention by increasing awareness stimuli for individuals with mental health issues,” says Dr. Dawe.

This volunteer event, attended by over 100 participants, is one of 142 to take place across Canada.  Ontario Shores was one of three events to provide a fully accessible location for people of all abilities to participate.

The Scott family was happy to be a part of the project as it helps their daughter not only value the surroundings, but understand the value of giving.  “Volunteering is such an important thing and it is never too early to start,” say the Scotts.  “We'll bike around the trails and be able to regularly see how such a small effort will be helping the community in the future.”

Ontario Shores Foundation who helped to organize TD Tree Days raises funds to support Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences and its care, services, programs and support for patients and families.