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Toronto to Manitoulin: The Path to Planting

Toronto to Manitoulin: The Path to Planting

Susan Snelling and Barb Erskine recognized as Forests Ontario Green Leaders for their commitment to tree planting

Manitoulin Island, Ontario, October 4, 2017 – In 2003, Susan Snelling and Barb Erskine packed their belongings and left fast-paced Toronto for the idyllic serenity of Manitoulin Island. The move north was prompted by an employment offer that Barb, a psychologist, received from a First Nations health centre; Susan, her partner, a researcher in the... Read More

Trees for the Bees

Trees for the Bees

Karin Tomosky recognized as a Forests Ontario Green Leader for her commitment to building pollinator habitat

In 2011, Karin Tomosky returned to the Milton-area property where she grew up. The land has a rich history; it was granted heritage status after Karin’s mother found arrowheads dating back to when the Attawandarons, a First Nations community, lived in the area. Karin’s goals were twofold: preserve the land and help the environment. She... Read More

Local Couple is Passionate About Trees and the Great Outdoors

Local Couple is Passionate About Trees and the Great Outdoors

Award recognizes Bud and Jill Guertin as Green Leaders for land stewardship

Brighton, Ontario, February 22, 2017 – Bud and Jill Guertin have many stories to share about acquiring and tending their 100-acre parcel of land in Brighton, Ontario. Although neither grew up on a farm, they purchased the land in 1960 and quickly became self-taught farmers. Bud and Jill first met in the summer of 1957... Read More

From Marginal Farmland to a Vibrant Forest

From Marginal Farmland to a Vibrant Forest

Artists Meg and Maury Breslow Recognized as Green Leaders for Transforming the Landscape

Seeley’s Bay, Ont., October 25, 2016 – From their country-side home near Kingston, Ontario, artists Meg and Maury Breslow overlook their legacy – where there was once marginal farmland, thousands of trees grow tall on their 18-acre parcel of land that is flourishing into a verdant forest. Maury first purchased the property in 1975, after... Read More

Soggy Grazing Land Put Back to Use

Soggy Grazing Land Put Back to Use

Green Leaders Ray and Marlene Beauregard make tree planting a lifestyle

South Stormont Township, Ont., March 29, 2016 – Ray and Marlene Beauregard may have officially retired years ago, but that doesn’t stop the couple from keeping busy. On their 63-acre homestead in idyllic Stormont Township, the two are hard at work. Ray can be found in the fields, tending his newly planted trees, while Marlene... Read More

Golf Course Planting Hits a Hole in One

Golf Course Planting Hits a Hole in One

Green Leader Brad Bunkowsky of Burlington Spring Golf & Country Club improves his long game

Burlington, Ont., February 29, 2016 – It’s early dawn and Brad Bunkowsky, Forests Ontario’s newest Green Leader, is already up and ready for the early bird golfers at his family-owned golf course in Burlington. The course, Burlington Springs Golf & Country Club is a family legacy. After Brad’s father acquired the two adjacent plots of... Read More

Green Leader Mark Cullen undertakes ambitious restoration project

Green Leader Mark Cullen undertakes ambitious restoration project

Scugog, Ont., March 24, 2015 – Trees Ontario’s newest Green Leader is no stranger to the environment. Mark Cullen, “Canada’s Favourite Gardener”, has tackled environmental projects since his childhood, after getting a firsthand education in the nursery business through his family’s company, Weall and Cullen. These days, Mark is well-known for his work teaching Canadians... Read More

Collecting with a Caring Hand

Collecting with a Caring Hand

Collecting with a Caring Hand Green Leader Wilma Johnson leaves a legacy of walnut trees across the province Thornton, Ont., January 21, 2015 – From the kitchen in her home, Wilma Johnson has a good vantage point for bird watching. A large window faces out onto a thriving plot of trees, giving Wilma a perfect... Read More

Green Leader Glenn Coon puts community and environment first

Green Leader Glenn Coon puts community and environment first

Port Rowan, Ont., January 14, 2015 – Glenn Coon knows a thing or two about caring. In 1990, he and his wife Pam, both pharmacists, moved to Port Rowan and purchased the local Pharmasave. Over the past 25 years, they have been caring for the health and well-being of local residents. Throughout their years in... Read More

Trees Ontario’s latest Green Leaders are life-long environmental stewards

Trees Ontario’s latest Green Leaders are life-long environmental stewards

Williamsford, ON, February 27, 2014 – Jim H. Louie and Judy Lowry’s 135-acre Grey County property is a quick study when it comes to revealing the couple’s two passions: art and trees. Their farm, located just south of Owen Sound, is surrounded by an assortment of young and old native tree species, some of which... Read More