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March 18, 2011
Long-term care residents to receive Canada Blooms flowers harvested by volunteers
  
Long-term care residents to receive Canada Blooms flowers harvested by volunteers

Representatives of the City of Toronto's Long-Term Care Homes and Services division, Canada Blooms, Procter's Cartage and several community agencies will join Councillor Joe Mihevc (Ward 21 St. Paul's), volunteers and residents of Castleview Wychwood Towers for a spring equinox celebration and donation of hundreds of plants featured in Canada Blooms, Canada’s largest flower and garden festival.

Date: Monday, March 21
Time: 2 p.m. (media should arrive at 1:45)
Location: Castleview Wychwood Towers, 351 Christie St.

Volunteers with Long-Term Care Homes and Services will spend several hours the night before the event (after Canada Blooms closes to the public) gathering and wrapping flowers featured at Canada Blooms. The flowers will then be shipped, compliments of Procter's Cartage, to Castleview Wychwood Towers - which is one of the City's 10 municipal long-term care homes.

At a small reception, each resident will be invited to select a plant to keep in his or her room. This donation is considered a good way to give a home to hundreds of healthy plants while improving the quality of life of long-term care residents who have spent a large amount of time indoors during the winter and are ready to mark the beginning of spring.

Canada Blooms will also offer plants to some of the City's local partners in long-term care, including New Horizons Towers, Christie Gardens, Bellwoods Dundas Project, Bellwoods Park House and Community Connect Program and three City of Toronto supportive housing sites: Cedarbrook Lodge, Winchester Square and Cliffwood Manor. In addition, Canada Blooms offered supportive housing clients a chance to visit the show by donating free passes.

Toronto is Canada's largest city and sixth largest government, and home to a diverse population of about 2.6 million people. Toronto's government is dedicated to delivering customer service excellence, creating a transparent and accountable government, reducing the size and cost of government and building a transportation city. For information on non-emergency City services and programs, Toronto residents, businesses and visitors can dial 311, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Media contact: Lyla Miller, Senior Communications Coordinator, 416-397-5305, cell 416-717-1404, lmiller3@toronto.ca


 

 

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