Wednesday 17 September 2014

Announcing the Winner of our Tree Story & Volunteer Prizes!

Trees Count 2014 could not have been possible without the diligence and dedication of a wonderful crew of volunteers! Over the course of the summer, we had over 25 volunteers help us count, measure and assess the health of 1272 trees. A few of our volunteers even contributed upwards of 100+hours each!

One of our project goals was also to raise awareness of the importance of urban trees and so we asked Hamilton residents and our volunteers to share their tree stories for a chance to win great prizes donated by local businesses!

We are finally announcing the winners of these prizes!

First off, a BIG thank you to MyDogJoe on King Street for generously donating a heap of gift certificates which kept our volunteers fed and fuelled with delicious snacks and coffee!

We'd also like to thank a number of local companies and individuals; including CoffeecologyZenon Bee Inc.John Terpstra, Blue Oak Native Landscapes and Jelly Brothers for donating to our Tree Story and Volunteer Appreciation Prize Packs! 

Congratulations to Dheerendra, who is our Tree Story prize winner and to Kayley, who is our Volunteer prize winner! 

Dheerendra taking a break from counting trees by a large red oak in Westdale. Being a fairly new immigrant to Canada, Dheerendra was always puzzled that despite plenty of available space and good soils, so few people planted urban trees for fruits, nuts or other edible products! 
Kayley (right) with Nicholas and Giuliana after completing Block C! Kayley found out about our project from Volunteer Hamilton mid-summer and we are so glad she did! Kayley and Nicholas, undertook to complete the last 5 inventory blocks with unparalleled determination! 
P.S. In case you are wondering about our draw process: all volunteers who attended at least one inventory session and all tree story contributors had their names entered into a hat (well a bowl, actually) and then we drew out two names!