TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Ontario Shores Foundation Green the Community with TD Tree Days

September 14, 2013

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Ontario Shores Foundation for Mental Health (Ontario Shores Foundation) celebrated the greening of the community 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 almost 300 trees. Durham Region TD employees, their families and friends along with staff, patients, volunteers and community partners from Ontario Shores came together to help plant trees as part TD Tree Days. 

Ontario Shores Physician-in-Chief, Dr. Ian Dawe was 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,” states Dr. Dawe.  “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 taking place across Canada.  Ontario Shores was one of three events to provide a fully accessible location for people of all abilities to participate.

“TD Tree Days invests in the health of our urban tree canopies and offers our employees, their friends and families an opportunity to give back to the communities in which they live and work,” says Paul Clark, President and CEO, TD Auto Finance Canada and Chair of TD’s People with Disabilities Committee. “In addition to our commitment to the environment, today’s event touched on another important area of focus at TD — diversity, specifically people with disabilities. This wheelchair-accessible planting reflects our commitment to diversity and inclusion in the workplace and offers volunteers the opportunity to get involved and feel valued, respected and supported.”

As TD’s flagship volunteer program, TD Tree Days provides volunteers the opportunity to actively support forest stewardship, while making a tangible contribution to the well-being of their community and environment. Over 45,000 trees will be planted this year at more than 160 sites in Canada, the US, the UK, and Luxembourg.

For more information, or to set up an interview, please contact:
Communications and Public Affairs
Ontario Shores Centre for Mental Health Sciences
905-430-4055 ext. 4001