Truro, NS – November 12, 2020 – Today, Retail Manager, Corey Funk and Tree Canada Community Advisor, Bruce Carter planted a single tree at Holy Well Park in Bible Hill, NS to launch a new province-wide initiative between Home Hardware and national non-profit Tree Canada.
The initiative will see Home Hardware donate $65,000 to Tree Canada’s Operation ReLeaf, ear-marking their funds to help provincial municipalities restore trees lost to Hurricane Dorian last fall. Municipalities across Nova Scotia will be able to take advantage of the program, made possible through Home Hardware’s support.
With locations throughout the province, Home Hardware Dealers are deeply embedded in their local communities. Following the hurricane, the pandemic and this spring’s horrific mass shooting, Nova Scotia has had a devastating year.
“We have been through so much. A lot of hardship and a lot of loss”, said Arnold Hagen, Dealer-Owner, Harris Home Hardware Building Centre. “To us, planting trees is a way we can commemorate life and help us to heal our spirits.”
Tree Canada’s CEO, Danielle St-Aubin expressed her gratitude for Home Hardware’s long-term support and generosity. “For local Home Hardware Dealers, their customers are their neighbours; they are very much affected by what happens in their community,” said St-Aubin. “Municipalities are facing revenue shortfalls due to the pandemic and Home Hardware’s contribution will allow Tree Canada to assist local governments in replanting and recovery efforts on behalf of entire communities in the province.”
Since 1992, Home Hardware Dealers have planted more than 26,000 trees, valued at nearly $1.5 million, in green spaces from coast to coast. Now, through their 28-year partnership, Home Hardware and Tree Canada will support Nova Scotia communities in an effort to replace trees lost to Hurricane Dorian.
Municipal officials are encouraged to visit treecanada.ca for more information on how to apply for funding. The application process is now open and closes on December 20, 2020.
About Tree Canada:
Tree Canada is the only national non-profit organization dedicated to planting and nurturing trees in rural and urban environments. Through programs, research and educational efforts, they have helped restore tree cover in areas hit by natural disasters, guided communities in managing their urban forests, helped green 660 schoolyards and organized urban forest conferences. To date, in partnership with our community leader and sponsors, Tree Canada has planted more than 82 million trees.
About Operation ReLeaf
For more than two decades, Tree Canada’s Operation ReLeaf programs have helped communities recover from natural disasters including fire, floods, tornados and hurricanes. It was first launched following the 1996 floods in Saguenay, Québec. In 2003, Tree Canada established the Maritime Hurricane ReLeaf fund to replace trees following Hurricane Juan.
About Home Hardware Stores Limited
Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada’s largest Dealer-owned hardware, lumber, building materials, and furniture home improvement retailer with over 1,050 stores under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Founded in 1964 in rural St. Jacobs, Ontario, Home Hardware remains 100% Canadian owned and operated. Through the Home Hardware network, Dealer-Owners have extensive distribution and marketing capabilities as well as access to thousands of quality, brand name and private label products. Home Hardware Stores Limited has received designation as one of Canada’s Best Brands and Best Managed Companies and is committed to helping Canadians with all of their project needs. More information about the company is available at homehardware.ca.
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