Media Advisory: Volunteer event to take root with support from TD Friends of the Environment Foundation  

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June 5, 2019 – A group of Grade 8 students from Vincent Massey Public School will be planting trees, clearing overgrowth and replanting in some community planters at the Confederation Court community.  

The trees were provided through a $16,750 grant from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation. The grant will provide trees for two communities – impacting nearly 1,500 tenants. 

Teacher Greg McKean, who teaches the group of Grade 8s set to volunteer, has “adopted” OCHC and has been leading teams of students volunteers for 10 years. 

When: Wednesday, June 5, 2019 

Where: 2483A Walkley Road


9:00 am – volunteers arrive/registration 

9:10 am – MC: Stéphane Giguère, OCHC’s Chief Executive Officer  

Speakers: Wayne French, OCH Foundation Board Chair and Dave Ralph, Branch Manager, TD Bank Group  

9:25 am – Work begins 

1:00 pm Lunch 

2:00 pm – Work ends (note event may end earlier if work is completed) 

Confederation Court: 

  • 134 townhomes constructed in 1967 
  • Children and youth represent 58% of the population 
  • This community had to have many trees removed due to the Emerald Ash Borer 

About TD Friends of the Environment Foundation 

TD Friends of the Environment Foundation (TD FEF) is a national charity that supports local environmental initiatives across Canada. With the generous support of donors, since 1990 TD FEF has granted over $90 million to more than 27,000 projects across Canada to help create a more vibrant planet. TD Bank Group covers the administrative costs of running the foundation so that 100% of every donation directly supports local projects. The Foundation’s mission aligns with TD’s corporate citizenship platform, The Ready Commitment, which to help open doors for a more inclusive and sustainable tomorrow. Visit the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation at or for more information, including online grant applications. 

About OCH 

OCHC maintains nearly 15,000 homes to approximately 32,000 tenants, including seniors, parents, children, couples, singles and persons with special needs, within many communities across the City of Ottawa. OCHC houses a diverse population of varying languages, ethnicity and cultures. OCHC is the largest social and affordable housing provider in Ottawa, managing two-thirds of the City’s social housing portfolio, and is the second largest in Ontario. OCHC was selected as one of the National Capital Region’s Top Employers for the second consecutive year in 2019. | Twitter | LinkedIN | Facebook 

For additional information please contact:  

Jennifer McIntosh – Communications and Marketing Specialist – OCH – Cell: 613-914-9953 

Tel: 613-731-1182 ext. 2286  



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