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Pickering, Ontario awards prizes to neighbourhood groups

 
 Pickering, ON – The City of Pickering, with a population of 94,000, recently announced the winners of its annual Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhoods program. The program is about community members connecting with others to complete activities that make Pickering a better place environmentally, socially and economically. In addition to building neighbourhood connections and improving the city, groups can win up to $10,000 for a community enhancing infrastructure project. In year five of the program, seven neighbourhood groups completed hundreds of community-building initiatives that ultimately impacted thousands of people.

This year, SoRo Good Neighbours was voted ‘Best Group Effort’ by their peers, providing them with an opportunity to work with the City on a $10,000 enhancement project of their choice. The group is considering improvements to a local park, includiung a sun shelter and seating.

"I'm delighted that I found a community that understands what sustainability really is," said Hon. Elizabeth Dowdeswell, Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, who attended the award announcement. “It's about connecting the dots between environmental stewardship, inclusive economic prosperity, and cultural cohesion, and through their actions, these neighbourhood groups are building cohesive community, and teaching people what it means to be an engaged citizen."

New this year, thanks to the generous support of program sponsors, a runner-up prize of $3,500 was awarded to Dunbarton High School Environmental Council. Dunbarton students are interested in creating an interpretive sign about invasive species and collaborating with SoRo Good Neighbours on their project.

"Both winning groups have experienced such wonderful accomplishments in building supportive, inclusive, educational, and safe spaces within their neighbourhoods,” said Pickering Mayor Dave Ryan. “The effects can be seen and heard throughout the greater community, and it is through actions like these, that Pickering’s spirit shines, and I am so proud to share in their celebrations and stories.”

Additional information:
Pickering awards prize of $10,000 and $3,500 to deserving neighbourhood groups
Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhoods
Sustainability thrives in Pickering
Chantal Whitaker, Coordinator, Sustainability, City of Pickering, cwhitaker@pickering.com

For resources and tools related to sustainability, visit the Center for Sustainability (C4S) site and C4S Toolkit.