Volunteers from the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Westbank First Nation, Sensisyusten school students and staff, and community members spent Tuesday morning planting 125 trees along Highway 97 and Nancee Way.
The second annual tree-planting event involved foundation staff, Westbank First Nation employees, Sensisyusten school students and staff, and community members - all volunteers - spending the morning planting 125 trees along Highway 97 and Nancee Way. Last year, 125 trees were planted at WFN's Sensisyusten House of Learning as part of the foundation's efforts to improve green space in the community.
The TD Friends of the Environment initiative involves planting 40,000 trees per year at more than 135 sites across Canada.
"WFN is committed to helping maintain a healthy community and we were pleased to again partner with TD on this initiative," said Coun. Chris Derickson.
"It's exciting and inspiring to see the collaboration and enthusiasm demonstrated by the many community members, our Sensisyusten school, TD and WFN volunteers."
"TD Tree Days provide TD employees, their families, customers and community partners the opportunity to demonstrate leadership in environmental stewardship in their local communities," said TD district vice-president Dale Safinuk.
TD Friends of the Environment sponsored the 125 trees for the WFN at a cost of $2,400. Since 1990, the foundation has provided more than $57 million in funding to more than 20,000 environment projects across Canada, said Safinuk.
In 2011, more than $3.6 million supported 1,058 projects. Thousands of donors contribute to the foundation every month and the TD Bank Group contributes more than $1 million annually.
TD also covers the management costs of running the foundation which guarantees 100 per cent of every dollar donated goes directly to funding environmental projects and programs. For more information on how to donate, go online to