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Ted McMeekin
M.P.P. - Ancaster-Dundas
Flamborough-Westdale


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  Home / Ted Bits / EARTH DAY, HOPE AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE  

EARTH DAY, HOPE AND MAKING A DIFFERENCE

 

Travelling throughout our community I’ve learned first hand that it is strong, healthy, caring people who build strong, healthy, caring communities. As former Mayor Bob Wade often says “volunteers are an asset we could never afford but could never manage without.” His Worship knew of what he spoke!

 

Teaming with Dave Pipe of the Copetown Lions, I recently had the opportunity to visit Rehoboth Christian and Queen’s Rangers school. We met with students to talk about global warming and the importance of caring for our planet and celebrated Earth Day by distributing ready to be planted Freeman Maple trees to all the students. The planting of trees is another special Lions project.

 

Later in the day I was able to visit AlanGreenleafSchool in Waterdown. There, students of all ages made presentations to a giant assembly. It was magic to watch and listen to the students as they made Earth Day theme presentations and described their efforts to protect our fragile planet. At the assembly a new high school student group know as SAVE or Students Against Violating the Earth presented a spectacular audio-visual presentation on global warming. Watch for this group as they are going to make things happen!

 

As a further celebration of Earth Day, I had the privilege of gifting on behalf of the Province, the ownership of some 20 acres of environmentally sensitive lands to the Bruce Trail Association. The lands, just opposite Smokey Hollow in Waterdown, will now be owned and cared for by the Bruce Trail Association.

 

While Earth Day was exciting, it wasn’t all that’s been happening. Special thanks to the Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parent Council for the recent invitation to dialogue about education issues. As your MPP and Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Education, I appreciated your helpful insights and wise counsel.

 

Given mention of the Copetown Lions, I would be remiss not to mention the recent 50th Anniversary celebration of the Lynden Lions Club. Special recognition was given to the six original Charter members; Lloyd Bacon, Ron Braithwaite, Ray Edworthy, Allan Leppard, Wibert Miller and Wray Smith. The evening brought many smiles and more than a few tears to the faces of all present. An interesting historical aside, it was the St. George Lions who sponsored the Lynden Lions who in turn sponsored the Rockton Lions who in turn sponsored the Copetown Lions. What a wonderful cycle of good work!

 

Finally, hats off to the Chamber of Commerce for their hosting of the annual Dundas and Ancaster “Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award” and “Youth Volunteer of the Year Award” evenings. Mom used to say there were two kinds of people in the world, “those who make a noise and those who make a difference.” Each of the nominees is a real difference maker. And I couldn’t help but think that the Youth Volunteer nominees are the very best reason for hope that our world knows.