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article imageToronto's Harbourfront Centre wins $12,500 for garden project Special

By KJ Mullins     Aug 15, 2011 in Environment
Toronto - The Harbourfront Community Centre in Toronto had a dream, to have a multi-level garden that everyone in their community would be able to enjoy. In order to fund that dream they entered the Share Your Care contest.
Today it was announced that the centre placed third in Ontario in Fido's Share Your Care contest. The online contest allowed for people to vote which project that they wanted to have funded.
First place in Ontario went to London's Million Tree Challenge with Ottawa's monarch waystation program coming in second.
The Harbourfront Community Centre's Re-connecting in TO focuses on a garden area on the lakeside of the centre. The space had been unused but was perfect for an area that will house raised planting beds and a story garden area for children.
If all goes well the community will be enjoying the space next spring with home grown vegetables and herbs. That produce will be used both in the community kitchen and at the homes of those who are getting their fingers dirty!
With three schools on the grounds of the community centre, The Waterfront School, City School and St. Stephens Waterfront Daycare, the garden will also provide a fun educational space. Children will be learning first hand how important biodiversity is.
Karen Warner, Director of Community Engagement & Communications at the centre, said in a phone interview, "There were a lot of happy dancers yesterday at the centre when the contest closed and we knew we were in third place!"
Warner said that the centre's first adventure in a crowd funding contest was a wonderful learning experience. Asked if the centre would enter another contest like the Fido's Share Your Care she said they would.
"If the chance came up again we will definitely take part! The Share Your Care contest helped us expand the public's knowledge of our gardening program. We are always looking at new ways to fund our programs for the community."
Warner said that the contest had so many other projects that were always important for their communities.
"We are so honoured to have been part of the 20 projects. We're thrilled that our community voted for us allowing the gardening project to reach its potential."
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