For Immediate Release | September 08, 2017
Canada 150 Takes Root in St. Albert With Legacy Tree Planting
Special Ceremony unveils Legacy Tree and Special Canada 150 Reflection Area
Canada 150 will be rooted within St. Albert for generations to come thanks to a special Legacy Tree Ceremony that took place earlier today. The ceremony acknowledged the funding partnership between the City of St. Albert, CN EcoConnexions, Tree Canada and Communities in Bloom.
As part of the City’s Canada 150 Legacy Tree project, a total of 16 Autumn Blaze Maple trees were planted at St. Albert elementary schools, as well as 4,000 Canadian Shield rose bushes were provided to households that participated in this year’s Block Parties.
Today’s ceremony unveiled the final Autumn Blaze Maple Tree, which was planted in the newly created Canada 150 Reflection Area, located beside the Cenotaph on St. Anne Street. A special recognition plaque was also donated by Tree Canada.
“All across the world, trees are a symbol of growth, strength, sustainability, hope, and peace,” said Michael Rosen, President of Tree Canada. “Our #Canada150 tree-planting celebrations are a perfect way to commemorate Canada’s legacy in a positive, meaningful and lasting way, all while engaging people from coast to coast to coast.”
“We are proud to be part of a program that helps make communities across Canada better places to live, work and play,” said Luc Jobin, president and chief executive officer of CN. “In hundreds of Canadian communities, the railway has been a part of life for generations. We honour that history, and we proudly look toward our shared future with these Canada 150 celebrations.”
“The connectedness and spirit of Canada 150 continues to bring our community closer together,” says Deputy Mayor Cathy Heron. “As the Botanical Arts City, these legacy projects symbolize the strength and pride our residents feel, which will now be a part of us for generations to come.”
“The environment is one of the major themes at the heart of the celebrations for the 150th anniversary of Confederation, which is why the Government of Canada is pleased to support Tree Canada,” says the Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Canadian Heritage. “The Canada 150 project “Tree to Our Nature” will not only leave a lasting legacy for future generations, but also allow Canadians to get closer to nature and increase their environmental awareness. As Minister of Canadian Heritage, I would like to acknowledge everyone taking part in this inspiring and unifying project. I applaud your efforts to help build healthy, sustainable communities.”
Other dignitaries in attendance at today’s celebration included MLA Marie Renaud, Royal Canadian Legion executives, St. Albert Public Schools and Greater St. Albert Catholic School Board superintendents and trustees, as well as special guests.
The City’s Canada 150 Legacy Tree project was funded under the CN EcoConnexions – From the Ground Up program and included $25,000 from CN, $25,000 from the City and $1,600 from Tree Canada.
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