Supportive Friends and Partners

TNO_logo-2Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office (TNO)

TNO is a partner with Go Green in the delivery of a full day multi-sport March Break and Summer Camp called “TNO Go Green”. These camps are supported by an Ontario Sport & Recreation Communities Fund grant, which runs until the end of March break 2017.

TNO was also a community collaborative partner with Go Green to assist in obtaining a $500,000 Phase One Ontario Trillium Foundation grant in August 2011. TNO acted as a trustee for Go Green to assist in the financial management of certain grants from charitable or government funding organizations. These include a 2013 City of Toronto Communities Investment Recreation Fund grant and a 2015 City of Toronto PanAm Festivals Grant.

TNO is committed to building a safe and healthy community through supporting and strengthening the quality of individual and community life in Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park.

TRCA-logo2011_WORKINGToronto Region Conservation Authority

The TRCA supported Go Green from its infancy offering technical advice and approvals for its bioswale and wetland because Go Green’s mission is consistent with TRCA’s Vision for the Living City. Go Green directed its efforts to become the TRCA prescribed “People of the Don” by aiming to connect the VPMS site to the adjacent Don River watershed and promoting environmental stewardship and water conservation among community members.

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DU entered into a partnership with the TDSB to promote DU’s “Project Webfoot” curriculum among certain TDSB high school and elementary school students. As part of this Wetland Centre of Excellence program, DU partnered with the Horticultural staff at the local high school Marc Garneau Collegiate Institute which sits directly across from VPMS on Overlea Blvd. DU teaches MGCI students how to become mentors of Project Webfoot curriculum. These students, in turn teach Project Webfoot to Grades 3 and 4 students at local elementary schools and use the Go Green wetland as the demonstration site. Go Green is proud to host this Wetland Centre of Excellence program and is gratified to see high school and elementary school students arriving at its site each week in the spring and fall.

TPoliceSToronto Police Service

Go Green enjoys a close relationship with community response unit officers from both 53 and 54 TPS Divisions, which together serve the Thorncliffe Park and Flemingdon Park communities. Encouraged by the Toronto Police Cricket Club’s current president Sgt. Mansoor Ahmad, the TPS supported Go Green’s first Crazy for Cricket Gala in October 2012, trained youth cricket coaches in conflict resolution in 2013, and most importantly the TPCC played the Go Green youth cricket team at the inaugural Grand Opening Match on June 4, 2015. This was Go Green’s BIGGEST DAY yet(!!!) and the organization was proud to see its youth coaches play the TPCC with the Toronto Police Chief’s Ceremonial Horse Guard in attendance. Go Green looks forward to continuing its friendship with the TPS and TPCC.

800px-Celestica_logo.svgCelestica International Inc.

Go Green is grateful to Celestica Inc. for giving temporary free storage for its LED sports lights at its nearby Don Mills Road & Eglinton Avenue location beginning March, 2015. The Phase Two lights installation happens in the winter 2015-16 thanks to a $265,301.00 award from the federal government’s Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) grant, which honours Canada’s upcoming 150th birthday in 2017.

TFSSToronto Foundation for Student Success

TFSS assists Go Green by issuing charitable tax receipts to Go Green sponsors and donors for its Phase One and Phase Two capital campaigns. It does this because in addition to its own mandate, TFSS also from time to time offers trustee assistance to certain TDSB School Councils which operate programs with a mission similar to that of TFSS. The TFSS mission is to “remove barriers for children so that every child is nourished and able to learn. By providing food, medical care, emergency funds and after school programs for children in need, TFSS helps students succeed in school.” We are proud of our relationship with TFSS which also operates its Beyond 3:30 program successfully at Valley Park Middle School.


tdsbToronto District School Board

The TDSB Facilities Dept. assists Go Green by offering its technical and management expertise to facilitate Phase One and Two construction projects. Go Green also hires independent design and project management expertise. For both Phase One and Two,  Go Green’s independent landscape architect and project manager was Jeremy Craig from Toronto-based Victor Ford & Associates. Go Green is a sub-licensee to the Hydro property and VPMS school yard.


TDSB Ecoschools program

TDSB Ecoschools program served as the inspiration for the Go Green project because of its focus on ecological literacy and energy and water conservation. Three VPMS staff members: John Baetz, Tim Hayley and Raj Puri came up with the idea of creating a tulip garden in the spring of 2010. After lengthy community & school consultations: Voila! the dream of a multi-sport cricket field surrounded by an indigenous urban forest, bioswale and wetland was born! These teachers along with the VPMS staff work from time to time in partnership with Go Green and run the VPMS Ecoschools committee and VPMS food garden. These teachers earned VPMS TDSB Ecoschools Platinum Status in June 2015 putting it among the top tier of ecologically friendly TDSB schools.

TEA LogoSTEPS (Sustainable Thinking & Expression in Public Spaces) and TEA (Toronto Emerging ARTivists)

Thank you to Nick Sweetman, the lead artist who mentored local youth from the Flemingdon and Thorncliffe Park communities who are known as the “Toronto Emerging ARTivists.” Together with Nick Sweetman,  these groups designed, created and fully contributed our environmentally themed mural wall which aims to inspire greater environmental stewardship across Toronto. This collaborative STEPS effort was supported by Kiwanis Foundation of Toronto, the Toronto Arts Council, the Ontario Arts Council, the Province of Ontario’s PanAm Ignite Program, ArtReach Toronto, the Ontario Trillium Foundation, Flemingdon Health Centre, Thorncliffe Neighbourhood Office, Valley Park Middle School, Greenwin Inc. and  Dulux Paint.

torontoCity of Toronto, Parks Forestry and Recreation, Urban Forestry Operations

Go Green was grateful for two donations of indigenous trees and mulch that contributed to its 2011 Earth Day celebration planting with VPMS students, as well as a 2012 Canada Day celebration and ceremonial tree planting with dignitaries which included DVW Member of Provincial Parliament Kathleen Wynne (now Premier of Ontario).