Read July-August’s issue of the IJC Voice here. Lots to read in this summer issue of the IJC Voice! We grieve those who passed and are grateful for their contributions to the Centre. Be sure to check out volunteer opportunities and upcoming events…one of which is challenging you to “find your ‘inner squirrel'”! Enjoy this issue!
$300,900 OTF Grant Gives the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project a Strong Foundation for Program Development and Teaching Pavilion
Guelph – On Thursday, the Ignatius Jesuit Centre welcomed members of the public to an Open House and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Ignatius Old-Growth Forest Project to mark the addition of a new teaching pavilion and the development of its’ ‘Care for the Common Home’ school program. OTF Grant Review Team member Wayne White was on hand to congratulate the Centre’s members and hear more about how the $300,900.00 OTF Grow grant helped community school children participate in a positive, hands-on learning experience that nurtures their journey to become future environmental stewards.
“We want to express our sincere appreciation to the Ontario Trillium Foundation for their generous support for the ‘Care for the Common Home’ school program,” Wellington-Halton Hills MPP Ted Arnott said. “In partnership with the County of Wellington and Trout Unlimited Canada, this new teaching pavilion will help the next generation learn the importance of protecting our environment and the role of trees as part of a healthy ecosystem.”
Situated at the northern edge of the City of Guelph, this 93-acre nature sanctuary of trails, forests, meadows, wetlands and waterways is protected forever by a Conservation Easement with the Ontario Farmland Trust. It is the Project’s goal, with the help of local students and community volunteers to restore and protect these diverse ecological communities and to assist the regeneration of retired farmland, from old-field meadow to old-growth forest.
“The impact of this Ontario Trillium Foundation grant cannot be underestimated,” said Roger Yaworski, SJ, Executive Director of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre. “This grant has allowed us to truly grow the project – providing an engaging and safe place for students to discover nature and learn the skills needed to take care of the planet.
The Ignatius Jesuit Centre is a place of peace that welcomes a global community of people who seek to integrate their inner and outer life with God and with all Creation.
The Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) is an agency of the Government of Ontario, and one of Canada’s leading granting foundations. OTF awarded $108 million to 629 projects last year to build healthy and vibrant communities in Ontario.
2019-07 IJC VoiceGod speaks in the silence of the heart. Listening is the beginning of prayer. – Mother Teresa
See the Old-Growth Forest Project’s invite to recognize the Ontario Trillium Foundation’s funding support and the growth & success of the project over the last two years. Check out upcoming retreats at Loyola House! Have you signed up for a vegetable share with Ignatius Farm? Read about these and so much more in this issue!
Ignatius Farm & CSA is vying to have its greenhouse retrofit project be amongst the top 50 vote-getting projects in the nation-wide Aviva Community Fund campaign. Aviva will award the top 50 projects $10,000 each. We will upgrade our greenhouse, the life force of our Farm.
Please register and vote. Ask family and friends too. The Aviva Campaign attracts very inspiring community projects. You can help us win for our community. Voting takes place September 25 through October 4.
“The trout have returned to the lower part of the creek for the first time in 180 years,” said Martin Tamlyn, of the Ignatius Jesuit Centre’s Old-Growth Forest Project.