(See a Personal Thank You from Lauren at the end)
The 'Un plant de tomate' initiative was born out of a series of community conversations many years ago. I remember the dream of healthy eating and wanting to place a tomato plant in every window of houses, apartments and senior residences in Verdun, including SouthWest Church and Mission.
Lauren was hired through a Emploi Québec grant that pays minimum salary for up to 30 weeks and encourages both individuals and organisations in mutually beneficial projects.
Recently some of the team gathered at a Welcome Wednesday luncheon to say thanks to Lauren for her contribution to this growing season.
In the photo they are Normand Baril, project liaison officier, Julie Langlois, animator, Réal Bonneville, co-ordinateur, Lauren Aghabozorgi, animator, Pietro Bozzo, Director at Centre Dawson's. Although unable to attend the payroll officer for SouthWest, Doug Hastie, has contributed greatly to the success of this project.
Go Community Go!!!
My time as a Garden Animator for Un plant de tomate à la fois with the Dawson Boys and Girls Club, in partnership with the SouthWest Mission has been an enriching experience. I am so grateful for this opportunity that allowed me to begin my career in the urban agriculture sector and discover my passion for working with youth. With the support of the amazing people I have the privilege of calling my team, I have been able to grow tremendously. I especially loved getting involved with several parts of the community, from Verdun and Riverview elementary schools, to the C.A.U.S. farmer's markets, the SouthWest United Kitchen, and the Grand Potager greenhouse. I extend my most sincere thank you to the Dawson Boys and Girls Club, SouthWest, and the Verdun community at large. It has been an absolute pleasure.