Last night I saw the power of what a group of dedicated people can do for a good cause.
The Toronto Parks and Trees Foundation is a charitable public foundation dedicated to enhancing Toronto’s green spaces. For the past three years on the Monday after Mother’s Day, the Foundation has hosted an annual Green Tie Event to raise money to support the various programs and community groups funded by TPTF.
These programs include tree and bulb plantings, camps and environmental awareness; great grassroots initiatives all committed to getting people involved in growing and enjoying Toronto’s wonderful green spaces. In fact, the Foundation wants to double Toronto’s canopy to ensure that the city’s scenic beauty continues to be enhanced.
Last night’s celebration brought together more than 200 tree huggers and friends of the Foundation for a great evening. Part of the fun, the highlight really, was a solo-acoustic performance by Steven Page who reminded everyone that he is a world-class performer. He sang some new songs off his recent release, A Singer Must Die, and an old favourite from his Barenaked Ladies days. He also made us laugh with his smart wit; Mr Page is a funny man.
It all reminded me why I volunteer with the TPTF as a Board member: I get to work with great people for a tremendous organization that truly benefits our city.