Ste. Anne de Bellevue’s ‘One Birth, One Tree’ program in its third year
© Chronicle photo courtesy Ste. Anne de Bellevue
Residents accept tree as part of the city's 'One Birth, One Tree' initiative.
With the arrival of a child, via birth or adoption, the city is offering a tree to his or her family on Ecology Day, September 14.
“This initiative is a manner to demonstrate a desire to see future generations develop a strong sense of belonging to the city, the children will see their tree grow and it allows [for] the greening of our territory,” said Karine Asselin, Ste. Anne’s communications director.
Parents can choose from a selection of species of trees, including white pine, red oak, white oak, or pear. And, the birth will be recognized on an official certificate, signed by Mayor Francis Deroo, who’s retiring once his term ends in November.
“Ste. Anne de Bellevue is a community committed to the environment and we enact concrete initiatives to protect and cherish it as valuable assets for today and for future generations,” said Asselin.
Adopted by city council in 2011, the program has since distributed five trees, including to nine-year-old resident Marilou De Repentigny after her successful bout with cancer in 2012.
City officials will present the trees on Ecology Day, an annual environmental fair. The Day’s aim is to sensitize the population to the local ecology of the region and “promote ways of protecting the natural environment," said Asselin.
To participate in the program, parents must provide both a photocopy of proof of residency, proof of birth or adoption, and complete the form (available at www.ville.sainte-anne-de-bellevue.qc.ca/Environment/One-Birth) and return it via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or in person at the Public Works office, located at 209 Ste. Anne Street.
For more information, call 514-457-6844.