Share the Bread Campaign nets $3,829.60
Last Friday, volunteers showed up in droves to help with the distribution of the ‘Pains Caritas’ in the region, however, less people answered their doors when the volunteers went around selling their wares.
“We had thirty-three adult volunteers and fortynine children came to help with the delivery,” commented Therese Gaulin who organizes the local Caritas fundraiser which raises money for local organizations, calling volunteers all week long. Her brother, André Gaulin, also helps in the running of the annual event. “It went very well; the weather was with us. We were able to raise $3,829.60 but we had a lot of bread left over. Many people didn’t answer their doors and a lot of people who go down south for the winter have not yet returned,” commented Mrs. Gaulin.
“I’d like to thank all the volunteers and the children who were generous with their time. It’s very encouraging,” added the organizer.
What is a wetland ? Special collaboration MCI
It is an area that is waterlogged or flooded for sufficiently long to influence the nature of the soil or the composition of the vegetation.
Thus, swamps, bogs, peat bogs, ponds and wet prairies are areas that are neither strictly land nor water, but they have in common that they are flooded for a part of the year. Flooding can be caused by seasonal fluctuations from a nearby body of water, or as the result of insufficient drainage. We find them most often on the shores of ponds, lakes and watercourses with low water flow, but also at the bottom of mountain slopes where water is dissipated very slowly, in depressions where water accumulates or even in zones where the water table is rising.
Natural landscapes that provide us with goods and services at no cost!
Among ecosystems to be protected, wetlands are at the top of the list, given their important roles in the maintenance of water quality and biodiversity. They are essential components of a watershed, acting as : - Natural filters that improve water quality in lakes and watercourses by retaining sediments, nutrients and contaminants;
- Natural barriers which even out the flow of water and reduce the risk of flooding;
- Areas that can store greenhouse gases, with an impact on climate change;
- Habitats of choice for an exceptional biodiversity of species;
- Feeding and reproduction sites for a large number of invertebrate species, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals;
- Areas used for open air activities such as hunting, fishing, hiking and birdwatching. A natural capital to grow These areas, known for being the most productive areas of the planet, are also the most threatened. Nevertheless, they are known for their economic value. - In 2003, the value of wetlands to Canadians has been estimated at 20 billion dollars per year.
- Some studies have assessed the annual value of the goods and services generated per hectare of wetland between $5,792 $ & $24,330 $. - In the lower Fraser Valley of British Columbia, the filtering of water by wetlands has avoided water treatment costs equivalent ot 230 million dollars per year. (3) Protect all wetlands, from the largest to the smallest… Though large surface area wetlands are recognized for their ecological and economic value, smaller ones, even the smallest ones, those of less than 1 hectare in area, have an undeniable ecological and economic value. By simply leaving them be…and chiefly by not modifying them in any way. That is to say, not encroaching on these fragile areas, not drying them out or draining them or filling them in. As a result, they will continue to give us the best of themselves. The essential participation of property owners! In the Lake Memphremagog watershed, in order to preserve these exceptional areas, the participation of private property owners is essential. Conservation is available to all private property owners, but how can an owner get involved? - By becoming aware of the conservation options available and their associated incentives. - By adapting the conservation of your property, or part thereof, to your personal objectives. - By talking with MCI’s specialists, who will guide you through this highly personal process. We can accompany you throughout the entire process MCI’s conservation experts would be happy to answer your questions. Our goal is to help you to attain your personal conservation objectives by developing a scenario which will answer your specific needs. If you choose to go ahead, our experts will guide you through the entire process, step by step, in a completely confidential manner. For more information on the conservation options available to you, you can also visit our web site : http://www.memphremagog.org