A Heartfelt Thank You, 2016 Volunteers

A heartfelt thanks to everyone, your dedication is a testament to the pride taken in the afforestation environment, and the respect afforded to the West Swale Wetlands.

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A huge thank you is extended to all the volunteers who showed up at the 2016 Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area Clean Up on Saturday July 9. There were so many people to thank it is hard to know where to start. Thank you also to the event day sponsors, EcoFriendly Sask and Sk Energy! Meewasin & Affinity Credit Union Clean-Up Campaign supplied a large number of trash bags, and amazingly nearly everyone of them was used in the clean up effort. The City of Saskatoon arranged the Loraas bins onsite, and very kindly waived both the Loraas fees and the tipping fees at the landfill, which does add up for a clean up of this enormity, indeed.

As the Afforestation Area was held during Canada’s Corporate Clean Up Week, the support of businesses in Saskatoon was absolutely phenomenal! Thank you to the Real Canadian Superstore, Tommy Gun’s Original Barbershop Saskatoon Blairmore, Panago pizza, Fit 4 Less, A&W Restaurants, Cowtown Pets – Saskatoon – EverythingPets.ca, Motion Fitness Saskatoon, and Tutti Frutti Frozen Yogurt

The Honourable Pat Lorje, councillor Ward 2, came out to the clean up effort offering gifts, as did Verity Moore-Wright from the Meewasin Valley Authority  Additionally, one could not have really asked for a better day, the weather was spectacular.

The team work by the youth groups, and community volunteers was absolutely fantastic! Thanks are extended to everyone who came out on Saturday, July 9 for either the 8:00 a.m. shift, or the 1:00 p.m. shift, and to those who stayed the full day. Whether you stayed for a short while, or for the duration, thank you for donating your time, your equipment, and showing such dedication and enthusiasm for the clean up. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is truly fortunate, indeed to have such committed volunteers as you are.

At the 8:00 a.m. shift, volunteers began on the far west side of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area, leaving the South West Off Leash Recreation Area after the health and safety meeting, and drove west along Cedar Villa Road towards Saskatchewan Highway 7 to enter the afforestation area far west entrance. Partway through the morning the Peace Bus Youth Group [CISV International] youth arrived. Another group who contributed their time were the Mormon missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter day Saints and youth from the Multi-Faith Youth Group. We are very sorry if we have not mentioned your participating group, please drop us an email and we will acknowledge your groups efforts additionally.

The volunteers arriving at 1:00 p.m. divided into two groups, supplementing morning volunteers at the west end with fresh energy. The other afternoon arrivals cleaned in the east side [between the SW OLRA and the COC] finishing up the superb 2015 spring clean up, and attending to the garbage dropped off over the winter months, which thank goodness was not a huge amount. It looked like the clean up efforts of 2015 were respected.

Can you believe it, at the clean up, there were volunteers helping out in Saskatoon at the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area from Winnipeg, Utah, Philadephia, Quebec, British Columbia, Victoria, Toronto, and Halifax!

Many users of the afforestation area who could not make it out to the clean up, contributed monetary donations towards the Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund [MVA RSBBAA trust fund]. These folks received a huge round of applause and recognition for the contribution they brought forward.

Please don’t allow the clean up day to only be one day, but every day of the year. If we all follow in the footsteps of Richard St. Barbe Baker, and do one good deed every day, what a phenomenal environment the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area would remain. Just picking up one piece of garbage does go a long way to maintaining the environment. Perhaps place a trash bag in your pocket while out for a stroll, filling that one trash bag when you are out walking will also carry on the pride in the afforestation area and keep the forest clean.

Paul Hanley and Robert White who both knew Richard St. Barbe Baker personally were out at the Richard St. Barbe Afforestation Area Clean UP and posted these fantastic images on facebook and these.

Each one of our volunteers are truly an inspiration. A heartfelt thanks to everyone, your dedication is a testament to the pride taken in the afforestation environment, and the respect afforded to the West Swale Wetlands. The Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is a much safer and cleaner place for both wildlife and users of the forest.
“The ultimate test of a man’s conscience may be his willingness
to sacrifice something today for future generations
whose words of thanks will not be heard.”~
Gaylord Nelson, Co-Founder of Earth Day

“Man must resuscitate his planet with trees, his heart with faith.”~Richard St. Barbe Baker

 

For more information:

Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area is located in Saskatoon, SK, CA north of Cedar Villa Road, within city limits, in the furthest south west area of the city.
Wikimapia Map: type in Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Google Maps South West Off Leash area location pin at parking lot
Web page: https://stbarbebaker.wordpress.com
Where is the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area? with map
Facebook: StBarbeBaker
Facebook group page : Users of the St Barbe Baker Afforestation Area
Facebook: South West OLRA
Contact the MVA The MVA has begun a Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund. If you wish to support the afforestation area with your donation, write a cheque to the “Meewasin Valley Authority Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area trust fund (MVA RSBBAA trust fund)” .
Twitter: StBarbeBaker

Author: stbarbebaker

This website is about the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area - an urban regional park of Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. The hosts are the stewards of the afforestation area. The afforestation area received its name in honour of the great humanitarian, Richard St. Barbe Baker. Richard St. Barbe Baker (9 October 1889 – 9 June 1982) was an English forester, environmental activist and author, who contributed greatly to worldwide reforestation efforts. As a leader, he founded an organization, Men of the Trees, still active today, whose many chapters carry out reforestation internationally. {Wikipedia} Email is StBarbeBaker AT yahoo.com to reach the Stewards of the Richard St. Barbe Baker Afforestation Area

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