JULY 2017
Happy Birthday Canada!

150 years young!  It is amazing to think of what has been accomplished in this time.  Progress in the areas of transportation, education, health care, science, social change and agriculture are phenomenal.  Which is why this is the perfect time to reflect on how we got here and what it means to remember those that have made the ultimate sacrifice for our many freedoms.  While it marks Canada's 150th birthday, the year 2017 is a notable one for several reasons in our country's history.  Some numbers for consideration....

2017          year of the  sesquicentennial anniversary of Canadian Confederation
150            Canada's current age
100            year anniversary of the Battle of Vimy Ridge
100            year anniversary of the Battle of  Passchendaele
401            THE busiest highway in North America 

We thank you for all the outpouring of support.  With your help, we have raised our first million dollars.  Join our efforts and help us to create this living, breathing memorial.  You can help today by donating, spreading the word about how we are honouring our Canadian veterans, volunteering your skills and time, or by purchasing a tree to be planted on the Highway of Heroes ( www.HOHTribute.ca).  We appreciate your ongoing support of the Trees for Heroes Campaign.

Rooted in this campaign together.
The Highway of Heroes Living Tribute  Team

Sinclair Secondary School  in Whitby
 Celebrates  Canada's 150th b y
Supporting Trees for Heroes Campaign

The students at Sinclair Secondary School in Whitby set out with a goal to make their celebration of Canada's Sesquicentennial last far beyond July 1, 2017. At the end of May, they aimed to raise $1000 in order to purchase trees as part of the Trees for Heroes Campaign. A living, breathing memorial that will benefit generations to come, honouring Can ada's 117,000 fallen soldiers. 

They worked hard to raise money doing a variety of "Canadian" activites such as red and white days, a scavenger hunt, ultimate Frisbee, Canadian cooking, Canadian songbook guitar jam, dream catcher construction, henna application, road hockey...and many many more.  In addition to these activities, they also raised additional funds through their gift basket initiative.
Gabrielle McKee personally donated $75

All of the hard work of these 1500 dedicated, Canadian students truly paid off 
with their efforts totalling a whopping $3000 for the Trees for Heroes Campaign!  That is the equivelant of 20 fallen Canadian soldiers that will be honoured along the Highway of Heroes as part of this living tribute.

A big thank you to the students and the Canadian and World Studies department at Sinclair Secondary School for setting an amazing example of what it truly means to be Canadian!  We look forward to adding these trees to our fall planting schedule.

LEST WE FORGET  - Remembering our fallen heroes

Chief Johnson Paudash, First Nations
Service Number:  59779
Sniper, WWII Veterans Guard

Pte Jean-Maurice Dicaire
Service Number: D/56893
Age:  23
Force:  Army
Unit:  Le Regiment de Maisonneuve, R.C.I.C.

Pte William Marshall
Born: March 16, 1884
Deceased: October 1, 1916

Full biographies will include information provided by family in the form of notes, letters, newspaper articles, and photos.  We are grateful to the families for sharing their stories and memories with us.  Lest we forget.
at  Vineland Research & 
Innovation Centre

Given that our mission is to plant trees, there are many questions that the Trees for Heroes team often get about tree planting techniques, species or soil.  In response to these questions, you will likely hear a response similar to this: "We count on the experts in the industry at Vineland Research &  Innovationtion Centre to tell us the answer to that!"

Given their vision, mission, and core values and how it aligns with what the Living Tribute is trying to accomplish by planting trees in one of the harshest environments for plants, it made complete sense that the two forces be joined together for this one amazing goal!

Vision, Mission and Core Values from the website of Vineland Research & Innovation Centre

Specifically, Vineland Research & Innovation Centre is helping with the establishment and survival of plants to improve resource efficiency.  Current research focuses on soil remediation strategies to increase tree growth rates, nutrient management and validation of species selection in remediated sites and fertilization practices.  The program works with a number of partners across Canada to test and improve tree longevity in challenging locations such as Highway 401 along the stretch known as 'the Highway of Heroes'.

Above picture is the Vineland Research & Innovation Centre team gathering data
along the Highway of Heroes near Port Hope in June 2017.
We Want To Know  Your  Story...

You continue to  share stories of friends and family members who served in t he Canadian Armed Forces defending Canada in times of war and peace - some making the ultimate sacrifice.  Many honoured friends and colleagues who, in your experience, are heroes too. We thank you.

We want to hear from more of you!!  Who do you honour by supporting the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute?  Where did your loved one serve?  Where did you serve?  We would  love  to hear and share your story. If you would like to share with us, please click the red button below.

HOHLT Board of Directors at Ceremonial Tree Planting
On May 29th, a ceremonial tree planting took place at the residence of the Consul General in honour of the 7,600 Canadian soldiers who lost their lives during the Second World War in the Netherlands.  Special thanks to Anne Van Leeuwen, Consul General of the Kingdom of the Netherlands for his contribution to the Trees for Heroes campaign, and for being such a gracious host if this commemorative event.

White Oaks Resort and Spa in Niagara on the Lake is one of the first businesses in the Niagara region to donate to the Trees for Heroes Campaign by making a donation to plant some of the 117,000 trees along the Highway of Heroes .  With a tree generously donated from Ridgeview Garden Centre in Beamsville, a ceremonial tree planting commemorating this tribute and honouring a Niagara fallen war hero took place on June 27th on the property at White Oaks.

To read the full article click here

Golf Tournament in Support of the 
Trees for Heroes Campaign

Thursday, August 24th, 2017
Port Hope Golf & Country Club

Consider sponsoring or registering for the tournament with all proceeds going towards the purchase, planting and maintenance of trees!
To learn more please contact: Brenda Hensley

Hold Your Own 'Trees For Heroes' Fundraiser at Work or Home
When it comes to holding your fundraiser, your imagination is the only limit!  Get your neighbourhood, family and your workplace involved to make light work.
Some ideas for fundraisers to get you started...

Hold a Ceremonial tree planting honouring a veteran you know (we have seedlings available for purchase online www.HOHTribute.ca)

H o st a s paghetti dinner or a fish fry or pig roast or pancake breakfast

Participate in 'Casual Fridays' or 'Jeans Day' at your workplace

Hold a bake sale/garage sale
Do a Chili Cook Off

Host a Paint Night  

Hold a carwash or neighbourhood/work BBQ

Get items donated for an auction/silent auction.  


Thank you for helping our miles take off
Aeroplan Match Week raises 300,000 miles!

At the end of June and just in time to celebrate Canada Day, we held our first Aeroplan Match Week!  Every mile donated to the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute (up to 500,000 miles) was matched not once, but twice, by our partners at Aeroplan and Avis Rent a Car!  With your help, we raised 300,000 miles in 1 week!   We will use miles donated for fundraising purposes, to help involve Silver Cross mothers and family members of fallen soldiers at our ceremonial plantings and much more.

Honour & Remembrance
You continue to  share stories of friends and family members who served in the Canadian Armed Forces defending Canada in times of war and peace - some making the ultimate sacrifice.  Many honoured friends and colleagues who, in your experience, are heroes too. We honour those specifically named with a donation in May.

We Honour & Remember:

Jack Coros: 1920-1998 Served in World War II. Liberated the village of Kampen Holland April 1945. The home of his future bride Mies.
Staff Sargeant Thomas Thewlis Moore - RCAP
Arthur Ernest Bernard Morton - Unit 99th  Battalion, Rank Lieutenant, Name A.E. Morton, Officers Declaration Paper C.E.F., Date March 13th, 1916, Windsor, ON Unknown Soldiers Grave
Reece Edwin Sparling RCAF WWII  - served with the RCAF 418 Squadron
Chief Johnson Paudash
Pte Jean-Maurice Dicaire
Pte William Marshall

We Recognize:

Albert De Lorenzi
Joseph Edwards