This past weekend, the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) and the Friends of Lemoine Point held its annual Spring Tree Planting Event that included a ceremony acknowledging local Tim Hortons franchisees who have supported these events for 20 years:
Over 100 volunteers came out on a sunny spring morning and helped the Cataraqui Region Conservation Authority (CRCA) and the Friends of Lemoine Point plant 500 trees as part of the annual Spring Tree Planting Event, which this year took place May 5 at Lemoine Point Conservation Area in Kingston.
As part of this year’s event, a special ceremony was held just before the start of the planting to offer public acknowledgment for a local business which has been a steadfast supporter of both the spring and fall tree planting events at Lemoine Point.
A special Kentucky Coffee tree was planted on the property to recognize local Tim Hortons franchisees Heather and Jeff Agnew and their family, who have been providing refreshments to the tree planting volunteers for 20 years.
The ceremony was hosted by Kingston Coun. Lisa Osanic, who is one of the City’s representatives on the CRCA board of directors, chairperson of the Lemoine Point Advisory Committee and an avid booster of Lemoine Point Conservation Area and the Friends.
“We plant 1,000 trees each year. We do this event every spring and every fall, and when you add up all those trees over the years it’s about 27,000 that we have planted at Lemoine Point and that’s totally appreciated for the protection and expansion of our urban forest,” she said, adding that the support of the Agnews and Tim Hortons is much appreciated.
“Today’s event is really special because we are celebrating 20 years of the Agnew Family and Tim Hortons, who have always graciously donated all of the coffee and donuts for this event.”
Speaking on behalf of Mayor Bryan Patterson and the City of Kingston, Deputy Mayor Rita Mary Holland also talked about the significance of the event and the support of local businesses such as Tim Hortons.
“I want to thank everyone for being here on this beautiful day to celebrate the contributions of all the volunteers and the Agnew family for being a part of this for so long and for supporting everyone in the work of expanding our beautiful urban forest,” she said.
In applauding the work of the Friends and the CRCA, MP Mark Gerretsen said the preservation and enhancement of environmentally significant and sensitive lands such as Lemoine Point is crucial for the region, and having the support from local business owners such as the Agnews was important in helping improve the local ecosystem.
“To have a successful community, it takes government to put some of the stuff in place, but it really takes businesses to partner with government and partner with not-for-profit organizations to really create that sense of community and society. So, thank you to the Agnew family for being so active in this particular cause for the last 20 years,” he said.
John Diemer, president of the Friends of Lemoine Point thanked all the volunteers for coming out to help plant trees and also lauded the support of Tim Hortons.
“To the Agnew family and to Tim Hortons we really appreciate it because it’s a lovely finishing touch to what has really become a special community event,” he said.
Speaking on behalf of her parents and sister Sherri Agnew, Leeanne O’Mara of J.E. Agnew Food Services/Tim Hortons said she and her family are pleased to have been able to partner with the Friends and CRCA for two decades.
“We’re happy to give back to our community and do things like this. It’s really nice to be here today and be celebrated for the support we like to give to little events, big events and anything going on in our community,” she said.
The CRCA firmly believes the support Tim Hortons has offered to the Friends of Lemoine Point and the tree planting volunteers over the years is a great example of private sector/public sector partnerships working towards the goal of improving environmental awareness and acting to protect and enhance our natural spaces in the face of climate change.
For more information about the CRCA’s tree planting programs and the Friends of Lemoine Point visit www.crca.ca.
Release and photos source: CRCA