August 2017 
What an interesting time we live in.

With the 100 year anniversary of the battle of Passchendaele upon us I am reminded of so many recent changes in our Campaign that I am grateful for.  Here are a few:
  • Landscape Ontario: For stepping up to the plate with resources to help us plant 117,000 trees on the Highway of Heroes, one for each of Canada's war dead since Confederation. This organisation has an inspired leader, Tony DiGiovanni, and is populated with more generous souls than I can count.  You will be hearing more from them.
  • Five Landscape Architects: Who met recently to discuss an 'inspired design' for the tree plantings.  Thank you Ron, Haig, Brad, Paul, and Paula.  We await great things!
  • Trish Long: who recently joined our team, to lead fundraising for the campaign. She brings to us the benefit of many years of great success. We are fortunate to have her. 
  • Global TV:  For sponsoring our campaign.  You will now find the HoH LT 'presenting' the gardening segments on The Morning Show national news program with my son Ben and I.
  • $1,200,000:  This is the amount of money that we have raised in our first 18 months.  TD Bank [Friends of the Environment] and Cowan Insurance Group made substantial commitments this spring and more than a million dollars has been donated by friends like you: Canadians who want to say thanks.  I am deeply grateful to all of you. This money will plant many thousands of trees on the Highway of Heroes.  
  • Scott Rondeau and his team at Hell Creek Entertainment Inc. who produced this 4 minute video to help support our campaign.  I hope that you like it.


Perhaps I am not the only one moved to say thank you at times like this.  I recall watching Paul Gross's film 'Passchendaele' some years ago and feeling much the same.    Only today we have a campaign to raise $10 million by 2020. It is all very sobering and exciting at the same time. 
 
While I enjoy some golf, gardening and family time during August I will be mindful of all that I am grateful for.
 
With thanks to you for your kind and generous support.
Please help us spread the word and forward this newsletter on to people that  you think will be interested in our campaign and story.
 
Yours, as ever,

Mark Cullen, CM
Chair, Highway of Heroes Living Tribute
Fall Planting Events

TD Friends of the Environment will be hosting a tree planting event at Downsview Park, North York on October 1st.   TD Friends of The Environment is a proud  champion of the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute.

CLICK HERE to volunteer.

Other Unique Ways People Honour & Remember the Past
Click here to read the whole article from CBC.ca - 
'Painful to watch': WWI soldier sculpted from Passchendaele mud slowly dissolves in London
Citrus fruit, cut in half, attract the likes of Baltimore Orioles.
Lots can be done to give the environment a hand:  Mark Cullen
Do your bit to make our neighbourhoods greener and cleaner.

In his most recent article in The Star, Mark Cullen gives us tips on easy ways anyone and everyone can make a positive impact on the environment.
A challenge from the Town of Shelburne raises support for HOHLT across Ontario
What started as a single donation is gaining momentum across the province. In May, the Town of Shelburne made a donation to purchase a Hero Tree as part of the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute in honour of one of their town's many veterans.  The first municipality to step up to the plate, the city issued a challenge to its counterparts across the province to do the same.  

The Town of Shelburne's challenge did not go unheard!  Many have since joined to support the Living Tribute in response to the challenge and honour one or more of their own veterans - the names of whom are written on cenotaphs in their very towns and cities.
 
 
George Heron & his family
REMEMBERING OUR VETERANS 

Name:  George Heron
Born: 1864
Enlistment: May 1915, - Port Hope, Ontario
Deceased: 1916 - Battle of Ypres 


Read full biography of George Heron and other Canadian heroes here

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 July & August.

We Honour & Remember:
Donald P. Stewart  - 1933-2012, joined RAF in Scotland in 1951, serving as a peacekeeper in Germany until 1956
Carleton John Bryant  - served in the North of France at Vimy Ridge
William Smith
Pierrette (Perry) Simard: RCAF MWO (Ret'd)
Cpl Marie-France Comeau
George Soles
Sgt. Thomas D'Arcy McGee
Lewis Fulcher; 42nd, 126164, WWI, Vimy Memorial
Cecil Fulcher; 110th, 727581, WWI
Thomas William Boucher
John (Midge) Midgley
Tushar Pain: Uncle, 21 year old RCAF bomber pilot shot down over Berlin, 1943
Sir Leonard Tilley, New Brunswicker and a Father of Confederation
Maxwell Armitage
Gordon Spearman

We Recognize:
Tanya Kesner
Speakers at the Children's Treatment Centre, Cornwall, ON
Associate Members. Officers Mess. Ontario Regiment. Oshawa.
Nirmal Singh Gill
Mr. Albert DeLorenzi
The marriage of John & Fiona Martin

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 below.

HOH Golf Tournament Supporting the Campaign

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

We are sold out, but sponsors and advertisers are welcome. All proceeds from this tournament are going towards the purchase, planting and maintenance of trees!
To learn more please contact: Brenda Hensley


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Canadians & Their Fashion Come in All Shapes and Forms! 

Although the name sounds American, Boston the dog of Goderich, Ontario, is as Canadian as they come and is not afraid to show it!  Boston is seen here sporting a casual look this past Canada Day, wearing an official Highway of Heroes Living Tribute T-shirt! 

Boston enjoyed Canada Day with his owners, Liz Petrie and her family.

CLICK HERE for YOUR official HOHLT T-shirt

From our Executive Director  

The fall is shaping up to be a busy time for the campaign with planting activities, site remediation activities, and presentations to groups eager to get involved. Soon we'll be sharing information about fall events in Toronto, Markham, Oshawa, Clarington, Port Hope, Cobourg, and Trenton.  

I'm also pleased to announce that in response to the tremendous support and interest in the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute our team of dedicated professionals is growing.

Trish Long has recently joined the campaign and brings with her over 20 years of experience to help advise and drive the campaign towards our $10 million by 2020 goal. Trish has worked as a Senior Campaign Manager at Evergreen, and most recently as Director of Development at the Pembina Institute.

Amanda Martin, our campaign administrator, whom many have met on the phone or through e-mail, is taking on added responsibilities as Manager of Community Engagement. In addition to her existing activities, Amanda will work to enhance our programming and overall volunteer experience.

Together, the staff, advisors and Board of the Highway of Heroes Living Tribute continue to strive to honour the service and sacrifice of our Canadian Veterans, to provide value to our supporters, and to transform and beautify the Highway of Heroes in a way that is environmentally meaningful and sustainable.

Scott Bryk
Executive Director
Highway of Heroes Living Tribute

You can also stay connected to the campaign through Facebook, a fast and easy way to learn about upcoming activities and events where you can volunteer and participate.