News Release: March 19, 2019
Delivery of hundreds of plants to Cummer Lodge marks 12 years of donations to City of Toronto by Canada Blooms
Residents and staff at the City of Toronto’s Cummer Lodge long-term care home were joined by Deputy Mayor Councillor Michael Thompson (Councillor for Ward 21 Scarborough Centre) and Chair of the Economic and Community Development Committee, Councillor John Filion (Ward 18 Willowdale) and celebrity gardener Ben Cullen today to accept more than 600 plants. The plants were donated by Canada Blooms and delivered by Procter’s Cartage.
This is the 12th year Canada Blooms has donated plants to a long-term care home operated by the City. The donation of indoor and outdoor plants will be enjoyed by the 391 residents who live at Cummer Lodge, as well as by clients of the adult day program at Willowdale Manor Supportive Housing program and seniors in the local community.
The City’s Long-Term Care Homes and Services division is a leader in providing ground-breaking services for healthy aging, with a commitment to compassion, accountability, respect and excellence (CARE).
“This is a win-win for everyone involved in this generous annual donation. The plants and flowers bring such joy to everyone receiving them. I thank Canada Blooms for their continued commitment to the City’s seniors and its residents in long-term care.” – Deputy Mayor Michael Thompson
“I’m happy to hear that this year’s donation will complement the natural beauty of the Cummer Lodge grounds. The outdoor plants that have been donated this year will add to the enjoyment of residents and the local community for many years to come.” – Councillor John Filion
“I personally look forward to being a part of this donation every year. It brings me great pleasure to see how receiving these plants and flowers delights the residents and clients in long-term care homes.” – Terry Caddo, General Manager of Canada Blooms
About Canada Blooms
Canada Blooms presented by Mark’s Choice is an annual world-class festival that connects people to the joys and benefits of nature through experiences with gardens and flowers by promoting, educating, inspiring and celebrating all aspects of horticulture. Co-locating with the National Home show to create North America’s Largest Home and Garden event, Canada Blooms is a not-for-profit organization that gives back throughout the year by funding community garden projects around Ontario. Canada Blooms is also dedicated to providing the community with horticulture expertise, education and resources on an ongoing basis. Now in its 23rd year, Canada Blooms was founded by Landscape Ontario and The Garden Club of Toronto. Each year it is supported by a committed group of partners, sponsors and volunteers.
About the City of Toronto
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Media contact: Aggie Fortier, Strategic Communications, 416-397-5326, Aggie.Fortier@toronto.ca