Members of the Adventure Group honour 150 Canadians.
Members of the Adventure Group planted trees in Charlottetown recently to honour 150 Canadians who have made a difference in the country.
A ceremony was held in a peaceful circle surrounded by trees just behind the Hillsborough Hospital.
The circle has been declared a sacred place by Mi’kmaq Keptin John Joe Sark.
The ceremony was highlighted by multiple songs by the Lone Cry Singers, members of the Adventure Group reading out the names of the 150 Canadians being recognized and actual tree planting.
The trees symbolize new life, exactly what the Adventure Group tries to help its members accomplish.
Roxanne Carter-Thompson, executive director of the group, said the youth leadership program spearheaded the effort. The program, run by youth ages 15 to 21, worked as a group to come up with 150 names.
“It was supposed to be culturally diverse and accurate and make sense that they are recognizing all the culture in our community and who contributed what,’’ said Carter-Thompson.
There are local names like Catherine Callbeck, Lucy Maud Montgomery, Stompin’ Tom Connors, Joseph Ghiz, Lennie Gallant, Sean Casey, Lawrence MacAulay, Wade MacLauchlan and Sark and celebrity names like Wayne Gretzky, Neil Young, Michael J. Fox and Gord Downie.
The Adventure Group received a Canada 150 grant for the tree planting with the task of researching important Canadians before leaving a legacy.
“We will plant 150 trees that are a living, breathing memorial for 150 Canadians who have made the country what it is,’’ said Katelyn Kennedy, one of the youth leaders in the program.
Carter-Thompson noted the many lives that have been changed out since the area the trees are being planted in has also been used by the Adventure Group for the past 25 years.
“We like to think when we bring people out here we’re giving them new opportunities to create new lives for themselves,’’ Carter-Thompson said.
It was also noted that when hurricane Juan destroyed many trees in this forest in 2003, it left the circle of trees surrounding the sacred area unharmed.
Dave Carmichael, horticulture technician with the provincial government, was on hand to ensure a diverse species of trees was planted.
“We have a mix of species and the whole idea is to make sure it’s diverse in case there is unintentionally invasive species introduced,’’ said Carmichael,
who was responsible for the donation of the trees through the Greening Spaces funding.
The list of species planted includes white ash, red maple, sugar maple, a hybrid birch, yellow birch, red oak, hemlock, white pine, eastern cedar and balsam fir.
Josephine Cormier, left, 8, and Terrence Chen, 9, plant a red oak, the provincial tree, at a tree planting event in Charlottetown on Friday put on by the Adventure Group. The event involved planting 150 trees, each in honour of a Canadian who has made a difference in the country.
Members of the Lone Cry Singers perform Friday prior to a tree planting ceremony put on by the Adventure Group in Charlottetown. Clockwise from left, are Trenton Smith, Dresmond Cudmore and Cody Sock.