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Please volunteer to help us expand the Allotment Garden

We plan to add four more raised garden plots and raise the other beds as well. If you are available in September to help us do that, you would be welcome! Visit us at the Garden Hop Thursday, August 28, 2014 5-7pm

World Water Day 2013 thanks

Thanks to Chris Mayne, City Councillor, Vic Fedeli, Nipissing MPP, Barbara Laplante, Ontario Trillium Foundation volunteer, for coming out to World Water Day! The talks were terrific, opening with Dr. Dan Walters from Nipissing University putting together the importance of cooperation among communities and countries when it comes to water stresses such as climate change and population growth. Brennain Lloyd from Northwatch gave us the history and importance of wetlands and explaining how identifying llocally important wetlands would be helpful in ensuring our healthy waterways.

Greening Nipissing welcomes new NOHFC intern

Greening Nipissing is pleased to announce that Ian Wassink has been selected as our new Finances & Fundraising Director Intern.

During his time at Greening Nipissing, Wassink will organize and strengthen Greening Nipissing’s funding and revenue sources, develop and maintain community partnerships, and execute projects and fundraising events.

“Greening Nipissing is an excellent community-based charity that delivers exciting environmental education projects and workshops in the North Bay area,” said Wassink. “I look forward to Greening Nipissing’s upcoming events such as World Water Day 2013 on Saturday, March 23rd and our Rain Barrel Sale on May 11th.”

Wassink relocated to North Bay in 2005 from Walkerton, Ontario and was educated at Nipissing University where he recently completed a Master of Arts graduate degree. He is pleased to call North Bay his home.

This internship is made possible through the support of the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. Wassink previously helped raise money for various charities in Ontario and Canada such as Camp Shalom in Cambridge, ON, Canadian Cancer Society’s Relay for Life, Cystic Fibrosis Canada, and various food banks.

February Newsletter 2013 – Happy Valentine’s & More!






Idea for an eco-friendly Valentine’s day, updates on World Water Day Festival and more!

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FEBRUARY 2013 NEWSLETTER

Wishing you an eco-friendly Valentine’s Day!

Everybody needs a little love this time of year- especially the environment! That’s why we are in the midst of planning our big water appreciation event coming up on March 23rd – World Water Day Festival & Walk. See below for more details!

Not sure how Valentine’s Day could be eco-friendly? No sweat! We’ve put some links below to give you an idea on how to make your Valentine’s a little more eco-friendly!

Read about how to choose eco-friendly Valentine’s day flowers in this great article from Mother Nature Network

Or check out this post from the Biofriendly Blog on 10 tips for an eco-friendly valentines

And here are some environment-oriented Valentine’s gift ideas from Hugginton Post.

A rain barrel from our Rain Barrel Sale & Fundraiser could also make a great gift for V-day!

World Water Day Festival & Walk

It’s that time of year again to celebrate water and everything it gives us: snow, rain, hail, lakes for swimming in, rivers for canoeing on, pools for playing in, and an essential resource we can’t live without. On Saturday, March 23rd Greening Nipissing, in partnership with the North Bay-Mattawa Conservation Authority and local business, LiquidTech, is proud to announce the 2nd Annual World Water Day Festival taking place from 12:00pm – 4:00pm at St. Andrews United Church, 399 Cassells St. North Bay, ON.

As a kick off to the festival, from 10:30am-11:30am, there will be a guided water walk along the new Chippewa Creek EcoPath. Walk participants should meet at Memorial Gardens’ south parking lot at 10 am.

The festival includes free water film screenings, workshops and vendors for all ages. At 1:00pm there will be a “Water Sports Clinic” workshop by Lefebvres Source for Adventure. Films being shown include “Sea Turtle”, “The Water Brothers: The Big Thaw”, and “Polar Explorer”. At 2:00pm there will be a speaker series, starting off with a proclamation by Mayor Al Macdonald, followed by water talks from Dan Walters, Associate Professor of Geology at Nipissing University, and Brennain Lloyd, director of NorthWatch.

Come join us for this free, family fun event to celebrate and get to know more about our fundamental resource, water.

For more information in general or to register as a vendor visit www.greeningnipissing.org/events or contact Greening Nipissing at 705 472 0200 ext 2, chaylene@greeningnipissing.org .

Vendor Registration Forms can be found here: http://www.greeningnipissing.org/wp-content/uploads/Festival-Registration-Form.docx

World Water Day Festival Schedule:

10:00am       Meet at Memorial Gardens south parking lot for guided   Water Walk along the Chippewa Eco-Path
10:30am       Walk begins
11:30am       Walk ends and media are allowed to interview
12:00pm       World Water Day Festival begins at St. Andrews United Church, 399 Cassells St, North Bay, ON
12:30pm      Move Screening #1:Sea Turtle
1:00pm        Workshop: ”Water Sports Clinic” by Lefebvres Source for Adventure
1:30pm        Movie Screening #2:The Water Brothers: “The Big Thaw”
2:00pm        Mayor Proclamation
                   Speaker: Dan Walters – Professor of Geography at Nipissing University
                   Speaker: Brennain Lloyd – Director of Northwatch
3:15pm        Movie Screening #3: Polar Explorer
4:00pm       Festival ends/vendor take down

North Bay Community Garden Coalition, for which Greening Nipissing is a member organization of, is excited to launch their new website and Facebook page.  The purpose of the coalition is to promote and  increase the establishment of community gardens in North Bay through partnerships, networking and education. Check them out today. to learn more and about ways you can get involved in your local community gardening community.

We are having our annual Rain Barrel Sale & Fundraiser on Saturday, May 11th from 11:00am – 2:00pm at 1350 Fisher St. Rain Barrels are $65 each and must be purchased beforehand as there will be a minimal supply of barrels on the day of to buy. For every barrel bought, Greening Nipissing receives $20. Buy a rain barrel today today and support your local environemntal charity. Feel free to get some more information at our Facebook event.

We’re excited to be attending the Seed Exchange & Eco-Fair again this year on Saturday, February 23rd from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at St. Andrews United Church. The purpose of this event is to promote local food resiliency with the exchange of locally grown seeds and to promote awareness of local and global environmental issues as well as to provide the public with opportunities to get actively involved by volunteering with environmental groups. See here for more details.

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Happy Holidays!

See our holiday newsletter here.

Thanks for the silent auction items

The silent auction was a hit! Thanks to all the businesses and individuals who donated time, money and items to our event on Nov. 28th. Great fun was had by all!

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October 2012 Newsletter








Invitation to a community gardening visioning session – updates on our 10 Year Anniversary Dinner Fundraiser – and our first ever Eco-Film Festival!
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T-shirt Fundraiser

Now you can show your support for Greening Nipissing and your community by purchasing some new Greening Nipissing swag! Choose between our 4 new styles of t-shirts at various sizes. T-Shirts are $20 a piece, which is a steal for something this awesome! To purchase a shirt, email Chaylene at chaylene@greeningnipissing.com or call 705-472-0200 ext 2.

Oct & Nov Events at a glance

North Bay Community Gardening Visioning Session  Tues, Oct 16th 1pm – 4pm – Davedi Club, 313 Airport Road, North Bay – RSVP required – space limited

Water Treatment Plant Tour – Thurs, Oct 25th 9:30am-11:30am – 248 Lakeside Drive, North Bay – RSVP required – space limited

Eco-Film Festival – Friday, Nov 16th & Sat, Nov 17th – Nipissing University Theater – 100 College Drive, North Bay

10 Year Anniversary Dinner & Silent Auction – Weds, Nov 28 – 6pm – 10pm – Davedi Club, 313 Airport Road, North Bay – Tickets $10/seniors & studnets $15/adults

Invitation to North Bay Community Gardening Visioning Session

You are cordially invited to the North Bay Community Garden Committee’s Community Gardening Visioning Session. The North Bay Community Garden Committee is comprised of local organizations collectively interested in developing a sustainable culture of community gardening in North Bay. We want your input and partnership in making this goal a reality. If you're interested in community gardening in any way, we want you here to share in the vision making and creating.

Date: Tuesday, October 16th, 2012
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Location: The Davedi Club, 313 Airport Road, North Bay, ON

RSVP/register online here by October 12th OR by e-mailing chaylene@greeningnipissing.org or by calling 705 472 0200 ext

Limited Space. First come, first serve. Healthy snacks and refreshments will be provided! Bringing together community partners engaged in creating community gardens in North Bay

10 Year Anniversary Dinner Fundraiser

Greening Nipissing is celebrating its 10 year anniversary and wants to invite you to join us! Put on your best green outfit and join us for a celebration that includes dinner, music a silent auction, and a world cafe for you to share ideas about how North Bay can be more green – as well as a room filled with other greenies to chat with! Your participation in this event means our programs keep running. Tickets must be bought beforehand. Contact us at chaylene@greeningnipissing.org, phone 705 472 0200 ext 2 or drop in at our office 183 First St. West, North Bay (Masonic building).Get your tickets today!

$10/student, seniors, children and those who've donated to silent auction

$15/adult

We have 10 years of success in providing education on environmental practices to the community – our projects over the years have included Eco-Driver, Green Home Energy Audits, Refrigerator rebate, RAIN Stormwater runoff reduction program, rain barrel sales, rain garden workshops, Well Aware, educational water walks and tours – the list goes on

Fore more information, visit our website.

Water Treatment Plant Tour

Thurs, Oct 25th 9:30-11:30am: FREE – 248 Lakeside Drive – Ever wondered where your delicious drinking water comes from? Well now you’ve got the chance to find out! Join us for a tour of North Bay’s Water Treatment Plant on the shores of Trout Lake. We’ll do a short presentation on how stormwater runoff affects our drinking water and then go on a detailed tour of the plant. Space is limited and you must reserve your spot ahead of time on our website.

Eco-Film Festival

Fri, Nov 15th & Sat, Nov 17th @ Nipissing University Theater - 100 College Drive – Fri 6:30pm = mixer galla, 7:00pm – film TBA – Sat Nov 17th = ALL MOVIES FREE- 12:00pm = Blue Gold – World Water Wars, 3:00pm = Addicted to Plastic, 7:00pm – Gasland. Refreshments, information tables and possibly a talk available. Tickets for Friday night cost: $5/students, $10 adults and funds go to the Bike Fix Station Project to purchase another stand to donate to the city of North Bay for public use. See our website for more information

Bike Fix Station Opening was a big success!

Last THursday, Sept 27 we held the official opening of the Bike Fix Station. See some great photos here. We had reps from all of our projects, North Bay Mattawa Conservation Authority, Nipissing Environment Watch, and the City of North Bay say a few words and then we had a free demonstration on how to use the stand from Kevin at Cycleworks. We want to see you using the stand – next time you use it, take a pic and send it our way.

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Water Treatment Plant Tour – Thurs Oct 25 9:30am

Ever wondered where your delicious drinking water comes from? Well now you’ve got the chance to find out!

Join us for a tour of North Bay’s Water Treatment Plant on the shores of Trout Lake. We’ll do a short presentation on how stormwater runoff affects our drinking water and then go on a detailed tour of the plant.

Space is limited so reserve your spot ahead of time online at:

http://www.greeningnipissing.org/events/69/water-treatment-plant-tour/

Greening Nipissing Receives $5000 RBC Bluewater Grant

Greening Nipissing is a proud recipient of RBC’s Bluewater Grant of $5000 for our 2013 stormwater reduction initiatives – Thank you RBC!!

Alterna Savings and Credit Union supports Greening Nipissing’s RAIN program

Jeff Scott, President of Greening Nipissing accepts a cheque from Alterna Savings and Credit Union on behalf of the RAIN program on September 17, 2012 in front of the rain garden at the Crisis Centre on Second Avenue in North Bay.