October 2012 – News & Events

“Change your opinions, keep to your principles; change your leaves, keep intact your roots.”
Victor Hugo
NANPS ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING
Saturday October 20th, 2012
12 – 4 p.m.
Canada Room, Markham Civic Centre
101 Town Centre Blvd., Markham
Full Agenda
Gather your thoughts and yourselves and take leave of your normal routine. Come out to NANPS AGM next Saturday. We will be having the usual plant sale and refreshments (rumour of some home baked goodies), door prizes (books and plants), and of course our important social & mingling opportunities.
Meet your Board of Directors and Committee Chairs
Volunteer of the year award
Information about the new Canada Not for Profit Corporations Act and upcoming bylaw changes Quorum vote (50 % plus 1)
Restoration updates
The NANPS Garden/Restoration Awards:
(1) Loretto Maryholme Spiritual & Retreat Centre, Roches Point – Sister Mary Mallany (Grounds and Volunteering)
(2) Project Pawpaw, The Naturalized Habitat Network of Essex County & Windsor – Dan Bissonnette (Program Coordinator)
The 2012 Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Awards:

(1) Sharon Keogh and David Acomba
(2) Bronx River Alliance
WE ARE LOOKING FOR NEW BOARD MEMBERS
The Board meets once a month, usually on a Tuesday or Wednesday evening in Markham. It’s your opportunity to give back and do your bit for North America’s native plants. You can work with like-minded people and help shape the future of NANPS. Board Members will be appointed at the AGM on October 20th. If you are interested, please speak with Paul Laporte or Eileen Atkinson.
The NANPS Garden / Restoration Award winners:
Loretto Maryholme Spiritual & Retreat Centre, Roches Point – Sister Mary Mallany (Grounds and Volunteering)
Their facility involves honouring the land and caring for sacred space by way of conscious environmental practices and initiatives along with a wise use of resources. The retreat has several gardens including a wildflower garden.
Project Pawpaw, The Naturalized Habitat Network of Essex County & Windsor – Dan Bissonnette (Program Coordinator)
"Way down yonder in the pawpaw patch.” How many of you remember that childhood ditty? There are many versions of who was in the patch. It may have been dear little Nellie or Susie or Jimmy or Danny. Well, now we know there really is a Danny and we know where to find him. Come hear him speak of the reintroduction of seedlings into local gardens and education through training for growers and consumers. Rumour has it that Dan will have his books for sale: The Native Seed Identification and Cultivation Guide ($25) and hopefully, The Pawpaw Grower’s Manual for Ontario ($10), so you don’t have to go way down yonder to get it.
The 2012 Paul McGaw Memorial Conservation Awards winners:
Trail Blazers Sharon Keogh & David Acomba
jazz up the NANPS AGM!
David Acomba is Founder (2001) and past Executive Director of the All-Canadian Jazz Festival Port Hope. In 2006, he and his wife, Sharon Keogh, began working on the establishment of a Catharine Parr Traill Land Trust. Their efforts are concerned with land restoration of the Traills’ Mount Ararat homestead outside Gore’s Landing, Ontario and the promotion of Mrs. Traill’s important early Canadian botanical work.
The River runs through it… even in New York City! The transformation of the Bronx River from open sewer to a green gem in the midst of a highly urban landscape.
The Bronx River Alliance serves as a coordinated voice for the river and its 23 mile Greenway corridor. It works in harmonious partnership to protect, improve and restore the Bronx River corridor so that it can be a healthy ecological, recreational, educational and economic resource for the communities through which the river flows. The Alliance works in close partnership with the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and with over one hundred other partners to achieve these goals through a multi-faceted approach – Ecology Team, Greenway Team, Education Team, Outreach Program, and Recreation Program.
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