TORONTO, May 27 /CNW/ (June 06, 2005)
On Saturday, May 28, 2005, Toyota Canada Inc. (TCI) will celebrate Environment Week with its Fifth Annual Family and Friends' Day of tree and wildflower planting, guided nature walks and other environmental activities at the Rouge River watershed. As in previous years, TCI associates will volunteer at the former Beare Road landfill site just East of the Toronto Zoo, and TCI National Manager of Administration, Chuck Martin will present the Friends of the Rouge Watershed (FRW) with a cheque for $5,000 in support of this group's conservation activities. "For the past five years, Toyota associates, family and friends have donated their time to support the excellent and vital work of the Friends of the Rouge Watershed - and we're pleased to continue this tradition," Martin remarks. "This ecologically-sensitive area is practically in the backyard of our Canadian headquarters, and we are happy to help our neighbours in this worthwhile endeavour." The cheque presentation will take place at 11:00 a.m. as part of the day-long slate of activities. Kevin O'Connor, President of FRW, will receive the donation. "Over the past five years, Toyota has provided our group with financial support and a pick-up truck to help us restore this area," O'Connor notes. "The company's continued contribution has allowed us to leverage our resources to buy new trees, shrubs, wildflowers, and other indigenous plants for the area, while the hard work of their associates allows us to get them into the ground. We're grateful to have Toyota as a partner, and look forward to continued collaborations in the years to come." FRW is a charitable, community-based conservation group working with youth and the community to protect and enhance the Rouge River watershed. The watershed is part of the Rouge Park, the largest natural environment park in an urban area in North America. When complete, the parklands will protect more than 11,600 acres (4,800 hectares) of valley and tablelands from Lake Ontario to the Oak Ridges Moraine. TCI is dedicated to reducing the impact of all of its operations on the environment. Having received its registration to the prestigious ISO 14001 standard in November 2001, Toyota's ongoing environmental program manages all aspects of its corporate conservation discipline and ensures continuous improvement of its environmental performance with ongoing, measurable controls.