Eco Gala 2013 – Thank you!

This year’s Ecology Ottawa Eco Gala was a smashing success! Five hundred and fifty local leaders came to the St. Elias Banquet Hall near Mooney’s Bay on October 9th to celebrate the harvest, the achievements of the local environmental movement and Ecology Ottawa.

10322586586_68b421b6ae_bIn his Gala speech, Graham Saul, Executive Director of Ecology Ottawa, thanked everyone who has volunteered for Ecology Ottawa throughout the year for all their work, from participating in clean-ups through boothing to writing letters. It is the leadership demonstrated by Ecology Ottawa volunteers that makes Ecology Ottawa the effective force for greening Ottawa that it is.

You all are Ecology Ottawa.

You have a lot to celebrate this year, first with successful efforts working with the City of Ottawa to entrench the Complete Streets design philosophy as policy into the Transportation Master Plan and to get it to commit to renewing its climate change action plan. The Ottawa River Action Plan petition now has over 10 000 signatures saying that it it time to stop dumping sewage into the Ottawa River. During the past year, Ecology Ottawa also mounted a campaign against the Energy East pipeline that has coalesced the regional opposition to the pipeline.

10322584536_d8cd8a366e_bSome special people who helped us give everyone a great evening: Chef Michael Blackie who designed and prepared an excellent vegetarian dinner; Sarah Harmer, who generously gave her time to entertain the guests at the Gala with her music; and Diana Beresford-Kroeger whose keynote speech gave the dinner guests a new insight into the capital importance of trees in our ecosystems and for human health.

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The Gala had many generous sponsors this year:

Protector and Platinum sponsors

terra20, iSolara, Windmill Developments

Contributing Local Farmers

Rainbow Heritage Garden, Aubin Farm, Roots and Shoots Farm, Luxy Farm, The Veggie Underground, Acorn Creek Garden Farm, Bryson Farms, Stony Brae Farm, Herbivor Farm, Riverglen Biodynamics

Sponsors

VRTUCAR, HydroOttawaEnviroCentre, Kulture Foods, Beau’s All Natural Brewing Company, Kitchesipi Beer Co., Bullfrog Power, Bridgehead, Heart and CrownItalfoodsStratosWessman PhotographyMaya Hum Illustration and Fine Arta Company of FoolsHewitt’s DairySaugeen Country YogurtHeavenly HoneyFairway Trading CompanyThe Third World BazaarYarns, etc….fraser caféMaitland Massage Therapycube galleryLa SiembraDavid’s TeaLunapadsThe Diva CupFoot in the Door Consultingrama lotus yoga centreSleeptekYuk Yuk’sLife Without PlasticThimbleCakesRockliffe Flying ClubZa Za Za PizzaEcoParent MagazineRandom House CanadaTen Thousand VilllagesAstanga YogaFairmont Chateau LaurierThe Table Vegetarian RestaurantBoushey’s Bake ShopWorkshop Studio and Boutique

Ecology Ottawa would like to thank you all for your generosity, your time, your support, and, most of all, for your great company at the Gala. Until next year!

You can find photos of Eco Gala 2013 on Facebook or Flickr.

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