First Richmond Hill Ward 4 EnviroFest

The 1st Ward 4 EnviroFest took place at Mill Pond Park on October 5th from 1-4pm under sunny skies with cool breezes.  I was pleased to host an event of this type and to focus on a number of local environmental issues including the recent Council approved Bee City and Mayor’s Monarch Pledge for Richmond Hill, the important issues around reducing Single Use Plastics in our local environment, and the work being done in our community related to Climate Change. 

These are all important issues and they were some of the many that were discussed at the event. EnviroFest hosted many community led environmental groups as well as our own Richmond Hill Environmental Education and Engagement staff who partnered with us to deliver information and take questions from residents related to how we can help create a greener environment. 

A special thank you to our to our Sponsors –  Miller Waste Systems, Healthy Planet and Cobs Bread, and to Kate Goodale from the Toronto Region Conservation Authority for conducting a guided nature walk around the Mill Pond. I also wanted to say a very special thank you to Georgie Horton-Baptiste from Manitou Rapids Rainy River First Nations community, who delivered a Water Talk and closed with an Indigenous Water Song. 

The Natural Environment Division of the City planted a canoe-garden pollinator-friendly planting activity which is part of the David Suzuki Foundation ‘Butterflyway’ project.  This “garden in a canoe” can be seen just south of the parking lot at Mill and Trench Streets. By next spring it will be blooming and hopefully full of pollinator insects.

  The event was well attended. The exhibitors had many visitors and answered many questions from residents about how they can make a positive difference, which was the purpose of the EnviroFest. 

If you missed it this year we are hoping to make it an annual event so stay tuned for next year’s details.