Job Posting: Communications and Outreach Assistant – Niagara Region

Communications and Outreach Assistant – Niagara Region - Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation
Are you a hard worker who enjoys meeting new people and building relationships?  Are planning and running events, project management, and writing some of your greatest professional strengths? If you are the perfect balance between a hard worker and someone who can still maintain a sense of friendliness when meeting new people, then the role of Communications and Outreach Assistant, Niagara Region may be the position for you.
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Farmers’ Markets Celebrate Buying Local with Free Market Bucks

Free Market Bucks Returning to Farmers’ Markets and TD Branches this Summer

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Market Bucks are back!

With the support of $25,000 from TD Bank Group, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation is connecting farmers’ markets with TD’s loyal customers in several Greenbelt communities by giving away free Market Bucks to purchase fresh and delicious local food.

Each Market Buck is redeemable for $5 worth of merchandise at select local markets. Spending Market Bucks and investing in local markets helps reduce food miles, and supports the region's farmers and Ontario's Greenbelt, which is celebrating its 10th anniversary this year.

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The Great Waterfront Trail Adventure: Greenbelt Edition

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Want to be part of Ontario's cycling history? Join the first official fully-supported group-ride on the completed Greenbelt Route! From August 16-21 the Waterfront Regeneration Trust is hosting one of Canada's premier cycling events, the Great Waterfront Trail Adventure (GWTA), along the new Greenbelt Route; the first time-ever the GWTA has not been held along the shores of Lake Ontario.   

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June Newsletter

June Newsletter - 2015

  • The Greenbelt Route
  • Community Gardens
  • And more!
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Tales from York: 5 York Region must-dos along the Greenbelt Route

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Tales from York is a blog series focused on the people and places that make York's Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on York farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in York's Greenbelt. 

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The Greenbelt Route is here! 

The result of three years of collaboration between the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, and over 27 Greenbelt communities, the new Greenbelt Route is a whole new way to experience Ontario's almost 2 million acres of protected countryside. 

Signed, mapped, and protected, the 475 km Greenbelt Route spans seven regions, from Northumberland to Niagara.

Get ready to hop onto the Greenbelt Route in York Region. You’ll experience a wide variety of landscapes as you travel through some dense bustling communities into some historic downtown areas and right into the rural scenic countryside! You can make your way through 2070 hectares of forests, farms and Kettle Lakes.

Below are some of my top picks for making the most of the tastes, sights, and sounds of York Region as you zip on by!

 

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Tales from Durham: 5 Durham must-dos along the Greenbelt Route

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Tales from Durham is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Durham’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Durham farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Durham's Greenbelt. 

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The Greenbelt Route is here! 

The result of three years of collaboration between the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, and over 27 Greenbelt communities, the new Greenbelt Route is a whole new way to experience Ontario's almost 2 million acres of protected countryside. 

Signed, mapped, and protected, the 475 km Greenbelt Route spans seven regions, from Northumberland to Niagara.

Here's my list of must-do activities along the Durham section of  our new Greenbelt Route. 

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Tales from Niagara: 5 unforgettable experiences to have along the new Greenbelt Route

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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 

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The Greenbelt Route is here! 

The result of three years of collaboration between the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation, the Waterfront Regeneration Trust, and over 27 Greenbelt communities, the new Greenbelt Route is a whole new way to experience Ontario's almost 2 million acres of protected countryside. 

Signed, mapped, and protected, the 475 km Greenbelt Route spans seven regions, from Northumberland to Niagara.

The Niagara section of the trail highlights some of the region’s best features and attractions, and give riders reasons to make stops along the way.

Check out my cheat below for how to make your ride along the Greenbelt Route a uniquely Niagaran experience.  

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How to plan your first trip on the new Greenbelt Route

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It’s shaping up to be a spectacular summer for Greenbelt cycling!

I am super excited to say that the Greenbelt Route is finally here. Directional signs are being installed along roads and trails as I type, and people are getting pumped for the inaugural 6-day ride this August: the 2015 Great Waterfront Trail Adventure, Greenbelt Route Special Edition.

 So in anticipation of the adventures to be had, I've put together a few tips to help you plan your next bicycling adventure:

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How I learned to love community gardening

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Program assistant Sam Cheuk "giving it a go" at the Regent Park Community Garden

Like most people working from an office, I get a palpable itch to be out and about while envying all that golden cascade of sunlight peeking through the office shades in summertime. Murphy’s Law dictates that when I do get the chance to be out and about for work, as I had last week jumping location to location to see one of the grants I oversee in action, the weather would refuse to cooperate.

I'm currently overseeing The Stop’s New Canadians Go Greenbelt! grant, run by Peter Mitchell, one of the most active Greenbelt Champions the Foundation's worked with. At the time I joined Peter on-site, his team had already completed the delivery of ethno-cultural crop seedlings: bok choy, napa cabbage, Chinese and Indian eggplants, Indian and Thai hot peppers, okra and bitter melon, to 14 community gardens across the GTA. These community gardens—often situated in ethnically-mixed, low-income neighbourhoods—are meant to help subsidize food costs and increase access to fresh, healthy vegetables for neighbourhood residents.   

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Tales from Niagara: Painting the town green

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Tales from Niagara is a blog series focused on the people and places that make Niagara’s Greenbelt great. The series will cover everything from local businesses, to seasonal events, to life on Niagara farms. Look out for our upcoming posts to stay up-to-date and informed on exciting going-ons in Niagara's Greenbelt. 

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Despite the looming clouds, the Town of Pelham got a little bit brighter on Friday afternoon. I was on hand to participate in the Town of Pelham’s Paint the Pavement event, an event that the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation's Niagara region office helped organize. In recent years, the Friends of the Greenbelt Foundation has been running a program in elementary schools throughout the Greenbelt that allows students to paint a Greenbelt-themed mural in their school under the instruction of art instructor Katherine Laco.

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