Happy Trails- Niagara-On-The-Lake Campus receives TD’s Friends of the Environment Foundation’s donation


(left to right: Amber Schmucker, NC sustainability engagement advisor; Taryn Wilkinson, NC sustainability advisor; Jon Banninga, co-op student for NC Office of Sustainability; Christine Combe, NC environmental technician grad, summer student for NC Office of Sustainability; Tyler McKay, NC greenhouse student; Jennifer Nicholas, branch manager of Glendale TD; Cindy Bourassa, branch manager of Queen St TD)

Anyone who comes across the trails surrounding NC’s Niagara-On-The-Lake campus are reminded of the beauty that the Region holds; still, Niagara College and TD’s Friends of the Environment Foundation aim  to make them even better. On May 25th, TD presented a cheque for $20, 000 to Niagara College in support of the College’s newest initiative to improve accessibility on the Wetland Ridge Trail, The Bruce Trail, and the Laura Secord Legacy Trail. Despite the rain, the small crowd was thrilled by TD’s generous donation.

“The trails are such an unknown (local attraction)” said Taryn Wilkinson, Niagara College’s sustainability advisor. Wilkinson has played a large part in securing the donation from TD for the initiative and hopes that, with the project’s launch, the College will be able to “increase community awareness and use of the trails”.

The planned improvements will not just benefit those visiting the trails with more signage and trail-connections; students from a wide range of NC programs will gain hands-on experience as they help the project come to life. TD’s donation will allow Niagara College students the means to make a lasting impact on the Niagara Region.

“TD (has always been) interested in supporting local projects like these- (projects) that benefit local communities and their environments” said TD representative Jennifer Nicholas, Branch Manager of TD’s Glendale bank in St Catharines. Nicholas was thrilled by the local project, and cannot wait to see how the money will be put to use.

Niagara College hopes to complete renovations to the trail by early spring of next year.

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