This fall, volunteers from PCL’s Toronto Operations lent their skilled hands and community-building passion to support renovations at Ecosource’s Hillside Community Garden located in the Toronto suburb of Mississauga.
Volunteers from PCL Toronto’s Residential team
lent their skilled hands and community-building
passion to support renovations at Ecosource’s
Hillside Community Garden.
Volunteers constructed raised beds and built a new
garden shed on site.
An innovative environmental organization that inspires the community to become more environmentally responsible through creative public education, the Ecosource Community Gardens Program connects residents in Mississauga neighborhoods with gardening spaces that encourage active, healthy living, and help green the city. The program is generously supported by the City of Mississauga.
PCL volunteers constructed raised beds and a new garden shed, enabling community gardeners to grow bigger and better vegetables for years to come.
The larger, more robust garden shed will provide improved storage space for shared tools at Hillside, and is now a blank canvas for a planned garden beautification mural painted by community members at their year-end “Cider Celebration.”
The Hillside Park Community Garden was first established in 2009 and is home to pollinator and habitat gardens, as well as community learning plots gardened by students from neighboring schools and plots where families grow fresh vegetables and herbs.
“We were thrilled to have the support of PCL volunteers for renovations at the Hillside Community Garden,” said Carolyn Bailey, acting executive director at Ecosource. “It is a huge asset to have skilled volunteers contribute their expertise, and we appreciate PCL’s commitment to giving back and supporting a strong and sustainable community.”
“Our team enjoyed partnering with Ecosource to make improvements to the Hillside Community Garden as part of PCL’s Building Community employee volunteer program,” said Daniel Brown, project manager with PCL Toronto’s Residential team.
“I feel proud to work for a company that encourages and creates opportunities for its employees to give back to the communities where we live and work,” said PCL superintendent Kieran McCauley, who also volunteered for the Ecosource project.