Thank you to our participating groups for their tremendous effort to make Pickering a better place environmentally, socially, and economically. Their actions are inspiring! 

2018 Groups

Check out this inspiring video about the 2018 neighbourhood activities.

2017 Groups

Check out this inspiring video about the 2017 neighbourhood activities.

2016 Groups

Check out this inspiring video about the 2016 neighbourhood activities.

2015 Groups

Check out this inspiring video about the 2015 neighbourhood activities.

Claremont District Community Association & Scouts is new to the neighbourhood program but has been an active member of the Claremont community. The group plans to work on the following activities: litter cleanups, maintaining the community flower garden, hosting a neighbourhood yard and plant sale, helping to organize a spring festival, neighbourhood watch, walking, cycling and go-carting events, and a winter carnival. The group is working with the City on an enhancement project in Claremont Park and seeks out opportunities to champion environmental initiatives with all levels of government.

Garden Area at DCC 57DCC 57 is a condo co-op community that recently expanded their communal garden project that was first implemented last year. To make their project even more sustainable, they installed rain barrels to collect water for use in the garden, a bench, and use two communal composting stations, as their building is not serviced with the Region of Durham curbside collection. New this year, they are researching installing a habitat for the solitary mason bee, and are also planning to install library boxes for people to share books, and 

DunbartonDunbarton High School's Environmental Council has planted a pollinator garden and over 70 native trees as part of their campus biodiversity project. Students made a solitary bee habitat for use by community organizations and participated in the Lake Ontario Atlantic Salmon Restoration program. Their broad waste diversion program included an e-waste diversion event with Scouts Canada. A water conservation program included hosting a film night for Canada Water Week, installing water bottle refilling stations, and giving out reusable bottles to all incoming students. They constructed a community garden with four small greenhouses and plan to donate the harvested food to the food bank. Dunbarton is a certified platinum level EcoSchool and was awarded the title 'Greenest School on Earth' by the Global Coalition for Green Schools.

The Family Christian ChurchThe Family Christian Church is new to the program and is striving to bring awareness and promote volunteerism within the community. The group will also focus on educating the community about being a good steward to the environment and building strong community relationships. The church plans to host a litter cleanup in the summer, as well as a hike to encourage physical activity, and a 'natural neighbour' education 

Highbush Community YogaHighbush Community Yoga/Yoga for Hope is a group of students, teachers, parents and other dedicated community members that host monthly yoga events to raise awareness and funds for various Durham Region charities including: Learning for Hope, Durham Autism, Joanne's House, WindReach Farm, Salvation Army, St. Paul's on-the-Hill Food Bank, and the Endangered Species Fund of Canada. The aim is to promote volunteerism and to help teach the students empathy, the importance of helping the greater community, and to think beyond their own lives. The 'Yoga for Hope' subteam is a group of committed Highbush P.S. mothers who meet weekly for yoga and to raise money for 'at risk' young girls in Peru.

Highbush PS Eco ClubHighbush Public School EcoClub has organized many tree planting, vegetable, and native garden projects. These initiatives have enhanced their existing outdoor classrooms and play spaces. The students also regularly participate in litter cleanups, school recycling and vermi-composting programs, Tree Bee club, nature hikes, and workshops to teach the importance of the environment and highlight initiatives like the Yellow Fish Road project. Highbush P.S. is a silver certified level EcoSchool. As winners of the 2014 Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhoods program, the team is working with the City to implement a community enhancement project in Amberlea Park.

Learning for Hope Yard SaleLearning for Hope is new to the program, based out of St. Mary's Catholic Secondary School, and includes people from across Pickering and Durham Region. This diverse group coordinates five unique community events that raise funds for various humanitarian initiatives for schools in Peru, El Salvador, and Bolivia. The money they raise enables orphaned girls to learn skills they can use to support themselves, supports street kids, and is used to construct playgrounds for students with special needs. As the youth branch of Canadian Aid for Education, their mission is to provide youth with education and opportunities to become leaders and global citizens, to understand the value of and invest in one's own community, as well to change the lives of others throughout the world.

SoRo Neighbourhood Group PlantingSoRo Good Neighbours is a group of residents that are involved in a number of initiatives including community beautification through the maintenance of the Rosebank Road Public School garden and Rosebank Road bridge flower baskets. At their 17th annual Easter Egg Hunt they had residents commit and sign a "One thing I will do for my community" banner. Continued support is given to Joanne's House through donations of cash, gifts, and food. They are working with Durham Regional Police to establish a Neighbourhood Watch group and have developed tools for their neighbours to connect with each other through Facebook and a community blog. The group have launched a 'natural neighbours' initiative, hosted Paint 'n Sip events for a local seniors residence, and organized many litter cleanups. In partnership with the Rosebank Rd. P.S. and City they planted and will maintain a new water-efficient native pollinator garden.

Valley Plentiful Community GardenValley Plentiful Community Garden neighbourhood group is focused on coordinating and maintaining a very successful 95-plot community garden. To further sustainable practices they collect rain water for use in the garden, use onsite organic composting units and organic fertilizer, and donate a portion of the produce to the local food bank. They've also worked with the City to ensure the joy of gardening was an option for all by building two accessible, raised beds. The site helps people to grow healthy, organic food and reduce their grocery bill. The initiative also connects people of all ages and cultures with each other and nature. A popular harvest festival wraps up the growing season.

2014 Groups

Check out this inspiring video about the 2014 neighbourhood activities.

 

Progress Club logoThe Canadian Progress Club Durham South is a non-profit Service Club that assists those in need throughout the Durham Region. This group organized a fundraiser called Battle of the Best on September 6th at the Pickering Recreation Complex to raise funds for Grandview Children's Centre. The wrestling event featured vendors, a BBQ and a special appearance by Bret "the Hitman" Hart. The group raised $10,000 in support of Grandview Children's Centre!

 

DCC57DCC 57 is a townhouse condo community that has recently expanded their communal garden project that was first implemented last year. To make their project even more sustainable, they installed rain barrels to collect water for use in the garden, a bench, and use two communal composting stations, as their building is not serviced with the Region of Durham curbside collection.

 

 

eWaste Dunbarton CollectionDunbarton High School's Environmental Council organized a film night for Canada Water Week; raised funds through the CN Tower Climb for WWF climate change research (over the past few years they've raised over $15,000); and partnered with Scouts Canada to organize an e-waste collection event that diverted 1,400 lbs. of e-waste. Dunbarton is a certified platinum level EcoSchool.

 

Eco Business APBoTEcoBusiness Advisory Committee of the Ajax Pickering Board of Trade (APBoT)  is a group of volunteers that provide tools, information, guidance, and recognition to assist APBoT members to establish environmentally responsible practices within their businesses and at home. They promote a culture of sustainability within the Pickering and Ajax business community through a number of initiatives such as an EcoBusiness Checklist program, EcoChats, and EcoLunches. The group is also an Adopt a Park partner, has set up an electronic devices/mobile phone recycling initiative, and for the past three years has collected used bicycles for the AfriCycle program. This fall, they are partnering with the Toronto Zoo to promote the ECOexecutives training program to their members.

 

Yoga Group PeruHighbush Community Yoga/Yoga For Hope is a group of students, teachers, parents and other dedicated community members that host monthly yoga events to raise awareness and funds for various Durham Region charities including: Learning For Hope, Durham Autism, Joanne's House, WindReach Farm, Salvation Army, St. Paul's on-the-Hill Food Bank, and the Pickering Animal Shelter. The group also coordinates 'Yoga For Hope', to raise money for 'at risk' young girls in Peru. This fall/winter they are organizing fundraisers for Windreach Farm (October 8), Joanne's House (November 5), and Salvation Army (December 3). Visit the Highbush Public School event calendar for details.

 

Highbush Public School participantsHighbush Public School, a silver certified level EcoSchool, organized a tree planting and vegetable garden building event. This initiative enhanced their existing outdoor classrooms and they continue to maintain this space to provide a safe, peaceful retreat for students. The students also regularly participate in litter cleanups, their school recycling and vermi-composting programs, Tree Bee club, nature hikes, and workshops to teach the importance of the environment. They also partnered with the City on a TD Green Streets project that will see native trees and shrubs planted this fall in Amberlea Park. 

  

Pickering Softball Association logoPickering Softball Association is a softball organization comprised of youth between the age of 4 and 16 years. These  players and coaches  have committed to set a great example by doing regular park litter cleanups on the diamonds that they spend much of their playing time on such as Forestbrook, Hydro diamonds, Dunmoore and Lookout Point.

 

Rainy Day Drive participantsRainy Day Drive Neighbourhood Group is an active residential group that has undertaken many initiatives including developing an attractive community flower garden, which has won them the coveted title of being a Pickering Blooms Neighbourhood. Many within the group devote countless hours to international aid efforts like a school supply/sporting equipment collection for an impoverished community in Jamaica and another program whereby members built homes from recycled shipping containers in Trinidad. They also volunteer at local hospitals, and community centres, and assist seniors or those not physically able within their community with yardwork, shopping, cleaning, etc. Recently, they hosted a street-wide food collection for St. Paul's on-the-Hill Food Bank.

 

SoRo ParticipantsSoRo Good Neighbours is an active group of residents that are involved in a number of initiatives including community beautification through the maintenance of the Rosebank Road Public School garden and Rosebank Road bridge flower baskets. They are also working with Durham Regional Police to establish a Neighbourhood Watch group and have developed tools for their neighbours to connect with each other through Facebook and a community blog.

 

Valley Plentiful GardenValley Plentiful Community Garden is focused on coordinating and maintaining a very successful 95-plot community garden. To further sustainable practises they collect rain water for use in the garden, use onsite organic composting units and organic fertilizer, and donate a portion of the produce to the local food bank. They've also worked with the City to ensure the joy of gardening was an option for all by building two accessible raised beds. 

2013 Groups

Check out this inspiring video about the 2013 neighbourhood activities.

Rockport DCC55

Rockport DCC55 is a neighbourhood group of 22 from a condo townhouse community in Pickering. Their sustainable activities include creating a community garden with a vegetable share, using rain barrels to collect water for the garden, and introducing a communal compost station.

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West Shore Community Association

This neighbourhood group of 65 is comprised of members of the West Shore Community Association. Their sustainable activities include, holding a community wide garage and plant sale, organizing a food/clothing drive to assist with hurricane relief, adopting one of Pickering's parks, and doing litter clean ups throughout the year.

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The Nautical Village

The Nautical Village is a group of 40 made up of people from the various shops and businesses of Pickering's waterfront Nautical Village, at the foot of Liverpool Road. Their sustainable activities include, creating a community garden for the local food bank, participating in a number of area beautification and cleanup projects, a Breast Cancer fundraiser, and organizing many fun, educational festivals and activities.

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Dunbarton High School Enviro Club

This neighbourhood group of 25 core students from the Dunbarton High School Environmental Club undertook a number of sustainable initiatives including, tree planting, building bee condos, doing a Lake Ontario salmon release, organizing an e-waste collection event, organizing Simon Jackson (Spirit Bear Youth Coalition) to speak to students, and many water and energy conservation projects throughout their school.

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SoRo Good Neighbours

The SoRo Good Neighbours team of 45 families from the South Rosebank area of Pickering committed to organizing a variety of sustainable initiatives including: community cleanups, restoration of the garden/front yard of Rosebank Road Public School,  maintaining bridge flower baskets, creating a blog to communicate with their neighbours about events, partnering with Abbeylawn Manor Retirement Home to promote volunteerism, organizing special events for the Manor (dog therapy sessions and paint 'n sip events), working with the Durham Regional Police to form a neighbourhood watch group, setting up a walking group to improve health, neighbourhood safety, and so neighbours could get to know each other.

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Valley Plentiful Community Garden

This tight network of 95 gardeners facilitates and manages private agricultural garden plots in Valley Plentiful Community Garden, located at the north end of Diana Princess of Wales Park. Managed and maintained by the volunteer coordinators themselves, this garden has experienced recent expansion and continues to flourish, providing fresh, local produce for residents to enjoy. Sustainability is a key component as demonstrated by their use of rain barrels, composting units, and organic fertilizer. A portion of the produce is donated to the local food bank.

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DM Youth

This youth group of 25 from the Devi Mandir (a Hindu Mandir located in Pickering) is committed to uniting youth in the community and working together to make it a healthier, safer, more sustainable City. Their activities include adopting a park, organizing Pitch in Parties to clean up litter, food collection for the local food bank, fundraising to sponsor a child through Plan Canada, as well as to annually provide a deserving Pickering youth with a $1,000 scholarship. 

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Backyard Buddies

Ontario Power Generation (OPG) partnered with students from Bayview Heights Public School to organize a half-day community beautification project at Alex Robertson Park. The group of 40 committed their time to cleaning up litter, planting 150 trees, removing the rodent tree protection wraps from existing trees and installing it on newly planted ones, and organizing an interpretive hike.

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