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Monday April 22nd, 2013

Posted at 8:02pm

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Students from Centennial Central School join Lakeshore Mayor Tom Bain, Dave Hurd, Percy Hatfield, Councillor Len Janisse, School Trustee Connie Buckler and ERCA General Manager Richard Wyma (Photo/Handout)

Over 5,000 trees will be added to the Town of Lakeshore this spring, thanks to a generous donation from Brookfield Renewable. A donation of $20,000 and a partnership with the Essex Region Conservation Authority was announced at a schoolyard greening event at Centennial Central Public School on Monday, which is Earth Day.

“Brookfield Renewable is delighted to work with ERCA and the Town of Lakeshore on conservation and restoration projects that sustain a balance with our natural surroundings,” said Dave Hurd, Brookfield Renewable’s General Manager for South West Ontario Wind Operations. “As the largest private developer of clean, renewable energy in Canada, Brookfield Renewable is committed to helping build sustainable communities where we live and work.”

ERCA Vice Chair Percy Hatfield remarked “This donation will be used to help create large-scale restoration projects in this community. In fact, thanks to this funding, this spring nearly five acres of habitat will be restored. As well, thank to Brookfield’s generousity, we are able to work with the students here at Centennial Central Public School to plant fifteen large stock trees which will provide an environmental and educational benefit, as well as shade for the students.”

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