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500 volunteers braved the rain to take care of their mountain!
Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up and presentation of the Prix du Mont-Royal to the late Frédéric Back
Mount Royal benefitted from a thorough spring cleaning yesterday as part of the 23rd Corvée du Mont-Royal clean-up, despite atrocious weather! 500 members of the Montreal community combined efforts to collect 130 bags of trash, 43 bags of recyclable material, dismantle 18 campsites and 21 camp fires and evaluated the survival rate of tree plantings from 2012 at the mountain’s summit.
Photos © : (1, 2, 4) Tzara Maud, (3) Delphine Delair
This springtime tradition signals the launch of “May 2014: Mount Royal Month”, now in its 10th edition. During the opening ceremonies of the Corvée in the Chalet, the Ville de Montréal and Les amis de la montagne awarded the Prix du Mont-Royal posthumously to a remarkable man, Frédéric Back, illustrator, cinematographer, pioneer of the ecology movement and great supporter of Mount Royal.
Suzel Back-Drapeau accepted the Prix du Mont-Royal on behalf of her late father from the hands of the Mayor of Montreal, Denis Coderre, and the President of Les amis de la montagne, Peter Howlett, in the presence of the corporate partners of Mount Royal Month, Stéphan Bourbonnais, Executive Vice-President and Regional Manager for Eastern Canada, TD Wealth Management, and Chairman of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation and Karl Blackburn, Director, Canadian Public Affairs and Government Relations, Resolute Forest Products.
A symbolic tree planting was held in Frédéric Back’s honour with the participation of students from the École Arc-en-Ciel. A Red Oak will thrive on the summit of the mountain in memory of “the man who planted trees!”
L to R: Sarah Millette and Alicia Anagrius, students of École Arc-en-Ciel, Annie Samson, vice-présidente du comité exécutif, responsable de la propreté, Ville de Montréal, Peter A. Howlett, President, Les amis de la montagne, Suzel Back-Drapeau, daughter of the late Frédéric Back, Stéphan Bourbonnais, Executive Vice-President and Regional Manager for Eastern Canada, TD Wealth Management, and Chairman of the TD Friends of the Environment Foundation, Denis Coderre, Mayor of Montreal, Sylve Guilbault, Executive Director, Les amis de la montagne, Karl Blackburn, Director, Canadian Public Affairs and Government Relations, Resolute Forest Products, Marcel Côté, Governor, Les amis de la montagne, Malin Anagrius, Executive Director, SOVERDI, Éric Richard, Director, Educational Services, Les amis de la montagne.
The younger generation was out in full force for the Corvée: 110 youths from the C-Vert organization hailing from Montreal, Quebec City, Gatineau, Sherbrooke and even New Brunswick, plus Scouts and students from Collège Mont-Royal, Collège Ste-Anne de Lachine and Lower Canada College.
Students from Polytechnique and Université de Montréal took care of “their” side of the mountain, the northern slope, while the Éco-Quartier Peter-McGill cleaned the grounds of the Royal Victoria Hospital and the Éco-Quartier Côte-des-Neiges the grounds of St-Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal.
The STM, loyal partner for the last several years, provided shuttle transportation to volunteers from the northern summit to the Chalet for lunch.
The event was carried out with the help of about 100 volunteers specially trained by Les amis de la montagne to help with logistics, including a team from St. George’s High School, back for a fourth year.
In the afternoon, participants were rewarded by a lunch provided by Fontaine Santé and cakes decorated by the students of the École Hôtelière du Centre Calixa-Lavallée. A festive, yet relaxed spirit filled the air as the jazz group Kalmunity entertained visitors in the Chalet.
Photos: © Tzara Maud
A guide from the 1000 Days for the Planet presented the Sedna IV mission that is currently sailing around the globe to meet with people committed to saving our planet’s biodiversity.
Organizations were invited to staff kiosks that showcased their ideas on making our city greener and healthier: Espace pour la vie; Fédération québécoise de la marche; Institut de recherche en biologie végétale; Miel Montréal; Santropol Roulant; and Vélo Québec.
Mount Royal Month is the original idea of Les amis de la montagne realized jointly with the Ville de Montréal.
The activities of “May 2014: Mount Royal Month” are also made possible thanks to the participation of the STM as Silver partner; Fontaine Santé and C4 Communications as Bronze partners; and La Presse+, The Beat 92.5, CKOI 96.9 FM, Rythme FM 105.7 and 98.5 FM as Media partners, as well as numerous mountain institutions, collaborators and partners.
For the complete Calendar of events, click here to visit the event's webpage or download the brochure (in French) by clicking on the image below: