The Earth Day Canada Gala@Mill Street Brew Pub-Wed.,June 14th,2017
The yearly Earth Day Canada Gala is an opportunity for environmental, business, community and political leaders to come together, celebrate recent accomplishments, network and have fun! This year’s fundraising for the new EarthPLAY program, puts outdoor free play back into childhood.
More than 400 guests arrived at the newly renovated Mill Street Brew Pub, where Fresh City Farms provided tapas and finger foods while Turbo Street Funk provided the entertainment. The VIP Awards Ceremony kicked off the event. This is where they honoured the 2017 Hometown Heroes Award Winners for this year, included presenting awards for environmental leadership in the following categories: Individual, Group, Teacher, Small Business, and Youth.
The 2017 Outstanding Achievement Award Winner for this year was Silken Laumann. The four-time Olympian, three-time medalist, life coach, child advocate and award-winning author of the books Unsinkable and Child’s Play: Rediscovering the Joy of Play in Our Families and Communities was on hand to meet and greet everyone in attendence.
This year, the keynote speaker was Governor General’s Award-winning author Kenneth Oppel.
The evening host was Hannah Alper, the eco ambassador for Free the Children.
The objective of EarthPLAY is to put self-directed outdoor play back into the day-to-day lives of children. EarthPLAY includes projects that address play provision in schools, childcare centres, parks, streets and other community green spaces, highlighting the importance of freely chosen outdoor play as a vital determinant of health and social wellbeing
We would like to thank Vanessa Farquharson
Director of Communications & Campaigns of Earth Day Canada for the invitation to this event.