September 7, 2017 – At All Seniors Care Living Centres, we are committed to the belief that the use of outdoor space has a major impact on healthy quality of life. Originally created as a “Toonie for Trees” collection to help restore mental and physical well-being for the families of Fort McMurray through the creation of age friendly green space once re-building began. With donations raised hitting $10,000 the initiative has been renamed to the “Tree of Hope” and will become a symbol of growth and strength to everyone dealing with rebuilding their lives.

Over the past year the Fort McMurray area has experienced an increase in suicide rates, as a result The Canadian Mental Health Association Wood Buffalo District will host this ceremony to announce their Suicide Prevention initiatives. The School Board has been strong supporters of this initiative and have approved the location of the tree planting as well as committing to the ongoing care for the tree. A special smudging, drumming and prayer ceremony is planned to commemorate the planting of this Tree of Hope.

Special Guests: MLA Tany Yeo, City Councillors from across the city, Fire Chief Jody Butz along with other “Heroes” of the Fort McMurray Fire and Christine Savage, Executive Director, Canadian Mental Health Association
When: Wednesday, Sept. 13th, 2017 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Where: Dr. KA Clark Elementary School, 8453 Franklin Avenue
Event: Formal tree planting with refreshments to follow

We welcome all media representatives to join us for this wonderful community event. If you are able to attend, e-mail Ronna Goldberg or call 204.232.8495.

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