TD donates $500,000 to help raise environmental awareness of Saint John's waterfront
Gift will be used to build educational hubs along Saint John’s Harbour Passage
SAINT JOHN, April 1, 2009 –Saint John Waterfront Development is another step closer in its efforts to enhance Harbour Passage thanks to a $500,000 gift received today from TD Bank Financial Group.
The project involves “greening” the Inner Harbour with the construction of environmental awareness “hubs” along its existing community trail. These sites will educate the community and visitors by highlighting destination points that follow the Harbour from the southern peninsula to Saint John’s west side.
“Imagine the powerful visual impact of this project on the greater Saint John area,” said Frank McKenna, Deputy Chair, TD Bank Financial Group. “As a native of New Brunswick, I share the excitement of the local community and visitors from abroad who will enjoy a revitalized shoreline and appreciate the restoration of the natural habitat in this historic location.”
Each site along the trail will focus on an aspect of environmental awareness including climate change, water supply, marine ecology, erosion control and air and water cleansing.
“This generous gift from TD will assist with our long-term efforts to enhance the waterfront” said Charlie Swanton, Chair, Saint John Waterfront Development. “We’re excited to be working with TD, a true community partner with an exemplary track record of supporting environmental projects in communities across Canada.”
Saint John Waterfront Development is also collaborating with Atlantic Coastal Action Program (ACAP) to build its expertise on “green” waterfront rejuvenation. Construction along the Harbour Passage is slated to begin later this year. “The insight that ACAP can offer will help us shape the educational detail and implement our first site,” said Bill MacMackin, Vice Chair, Saint John Waterfront Development.
“Revitalizing the Inner Harbour complements our ongoing work to protect the environment through the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation,” said McKenna. “Over the past year, our environmental charity has supported more than 30 projects in the Maritimes with $75,000 in funding. And for nearly 20 years, our unique employee and customer partnership has been boosting local citizens and groups dedicated to a grassroots approach to preserving wildlife and the environment.”
About Saint John Waterfront Development
Leading the transformation of the Saint John Inner Harbour is Saint John Waterfront Development, operating under the direction of the Saint John Development Corporation. It is committed to rejuvenating and renewing the historic uptown area of Saint John through development of the waterfront.
The Saint John Development Corporation was initially incorporated in 1980 to develop, promote, encourage, co-ordinate, assist and advance the commercial, residential, recreational, cultural, social, economic welfare of the City of Saint John. In 2001, the Saint John Development Corporation brought on additional partners to tackle waterfront development. The Saint John Waterfront Development partners are comprised of:
TD Community Giving: Making a Difference Together
Children’s health, literacy and education, and the environment are the three main areas of focus for TD’s community giving. Flagship programs within these areas include: TD Children’s Hospital Fund; TD Friends of the Environment Foundation; TD Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup; TD Canadian Children’s Book Week; TD Canada Trust Scholarships for Community Leadership; and the TD Summer Reading Club. With support from customers and employees, TD is involved with a host of national, regional and local causes benefiting diversity, arts and culture and other community programs. In 2008, TD donated $35 million to more than 2,100 organizations across Canada.
For more information, please contact:
TD Bank Financial Group
Saint John Waterfront Development