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Are you interested in guiding an organization’s growth? Greening Nipissing is looking for leaders who have business, non-profit, policy development or fundraising experience. Contact us if you are thinking of volunteering in our green community project driven charity.

Allotment and Community Gardens

Allotment and community garden plots available

Allotment and community garden plots available

Please volunteer to help us maintain our gardens

Greening Nipissing hires Canada Summer Jobs summer student

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Greening Nipissing hires Canada Summer Jobs summer student

North Bay, ON, July 16, 2013 –Greening Nipissing has once again hired a summer student through the Federal government’s Canada Summer Jobs funding program. Natalie Glazier, a graduate of Canadore College’s Environmental Management graduate certificate program, has been hired as Greening Nipissing’s Office Assistant for seven weeks that started July 8. Glazier aspires to attend a Human Resources Management program this fall. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) degree in sociology from the University of Guelph.

During her short time at Greening Nipissing, Glazier will assist the not-for-profit charity with donor development by building an individual donor database, attending outreach events, and assisting with office management and communications tasks. “I am excited to make a positive contribution to Greening Nipissing by contacting attendees from previous Greening Nipissing events,” said Glazier. “This position will help me gain valuable experience in the office setting of an environmental charity.”

Vijanti Ramlogan Murphy, Executive Director of Greening Nipissing, recognizes the value of these staff funding programs. “Programs like Canada Summer Jobs help not-for-profit charities build capacity in our sector,” said Ramlogan Murphy. “When we receive funding to execute projects and events, we also need the staff to do the work. Donations that we receive from individuals and businesses go directly toward these projects and events instead of paying for staff. We want to keep it that way.”

According to the Government of Canada’s Service Canada website, Canada Summer Jobs funding is in place to “help employers create summer job opportunities for students. It is designed to focus on local priorities, while helping both students and their communities.”

Greening Nipissing is a not-for-profit environmental charity that envisions a greener North Bay and area by providing a practical and economical approach to a cleaner environment. For more information about Greening Nipissing including upcoming events, projects, and how to donate, please visit our website: www.greeningnipissing.org

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 For media inquiries, please contact:

Ian S. Wassink
Finances & Fundraising Director Intern
Greening Nipissing
183 First Ave. W.
North Bay, ON  P1B 3B8
705-472-0200 Ext. 2
www.greeningnipissing.org

Rain Garden Installation 2013

Installing another demonstration rain garden along the Chippewa Creek EcoPath

Looking for a Depave site

Do you know of a publicly accessible location where Greening Nipissing and community volunteers would be able to dig up some pavement and put in greenspace?

Check out http://www.depaveparadise.ca/ for more information on the project.

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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Dorothy Walford Memorial Award Ceremony 2012

On Thursday November 29th we attended the NBMCA’s environmental award ceremony as proud recipients of the Dorothy Walford Memorial Award 2012 for our environmental work.