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Caring for our Environment Manitoba’s summer events

By Ramon Sales

CEM Members with CBCRA staff Nick Witoski at Winnipeg Harvest CEM members with supporters of the plant seedling fundraiser CEM volunteers for the Litter Clean Up at the Assiniboine Park
CEM volunteers in action Recyclables and garbage collected by CEM volunteers Seedling fundraiser 2

Caring for our Environment Manitoba (CEM), Inc. held three events this summer to promote knowledge and action on environment and sustainability issues amidst the COVID-19 pandemic while still observing public health protocols.

Litter clean up

CEM held a Litter Clean Up on August 15, 2020 at Assiniboine Park in coordination with the Assiniboine Park Conservancy. Fifteen volunteers consisting of youth, small children and members of the organization joined in the activity. Kayla Lang, Associate Coordinator for Volunteer Services of the Assiniboine Park Conservancy, welcomed the group and provided them with garbage pickers and bags. Additional clear plastic bags for recyclables, donated by the Canadian Beverage Container Recycling Association (CBCRA), were also distributed by CEM. Everyone was excited, especially the kids as they walked around the vast greenery to pick up litter. Much to their delight, a friendly deer showed up as the group passed through the Boreal Forest section of the park and stayed long enough for them to take “selfies” and group pictures. The participants look forward to volunteering again in the near future.

Plant seedling fundraiser

The CEM also launched its first summer plant seedling fundraiser on July 5, 2020, to raise funds for its planned awareness-raising activities for this year and the coming year. These will include “CEM Talks” using virtual platforms possibly with an in-person component following current public health protocols. A variety of organic indoor plant and vegetable seedlings donated by CEM friends were sold in the parking lot of the former Sobeys supermarket on the corner of Burrows Avenue and Keewatin Street. CEM would like to thank its generous plant donors: Heidi Cruz, Lourdes Still, Myra Nunez, Mylene Pamplona, Rosalie Salazar, Rizalina Cortez, and May Sales, as well as CEM friends and members who helped to make the event a success.

Food hamper fundraiser

CEM, in partnership with the CBCRA, embarked on a food hamper fundraiser on June 13, 2020, for the benefit of Winnipeg Harvest, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to help support Winnipeggers in need through food surplus donations and training opportunities. The organization initiated a food hamper project in response to the adverse economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which an estimated 64,000 Manitobans, or four per cent of the total 1.6 million Canadians, have applied for Employment Insurance. Winnipeg Harvest anticipated that it will need to feed around 90,000 Manitobans or even more as the pandemic worsens. CEM handed over a total of 202 kilos of food items and a $281 cash donation to Winnipeg Harvest. CEM would like to thank the following donors to this fundraiser: Gina Gabriel, Jomay Amora-Dueck, Ernesto Ofiaza, Teody Leano, Roselyn Advincula and CEM members.

Ramon Faustino M. Sales, Jr., PhD. is the President of Caring for our Environment – Manitoba, Inc.

For inquiries regarding activities of CEM and application for membership and volunteering, please send us an email at: caring4environment@gmail.com.