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Make Every Day Earth Day: Siemens, Tree Canada, ORCA and PRHC partner to create a greener community

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Make Every Day Earth Day: Siemens, Tree Canada, ORCA and PRHC partner to create a greener community

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Published: 4/22/2014 5:30 PM by  PRHC






April 22, 2014

Make Every Day Earth Day: Siemens, Tree Canada, ORCA and PRHC partner to create a greener community

(Peterborough, ON) On April 29, 2014, in partnership with Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA), Tree Canada and Siemens Canada, over 300 trees and shrubs will be planted by volunteers on the south side of Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC).

At PRHC, we are committed to promoting the wellness of the community, our employees and our patients. Planting these trees and shrubs is a “Hat Trick” for our regional centre, our staff, physicians, volunteers and patients. It creates a greener, healthier and sustainable environment.

“Our partnership with Siemens, Tree Canada and ORCA is one of many opportunities to enhance patient, family and community experience at PRHC,” says Ken Tremblay, President and CEO of PRHC. “On behalf of our staff, physicians and volunteers, I would like to thank both of these organizations for contributing their time, expertise and trees to make this project possible.”

2014 marks Siemens 60th year in Peterborough. The theme for this milestone is “60 Years in the Community.” Since the beginning, social responsibility and corporate citizenship have been a top priority. Employees are celebrating this anniversary by giving back to the community. As part of their commitment to the environment, 60 helping hands from Siemens will plant trees at PRHC. The company has also donated more than 300 trees, shrubs and plants.

“Siemens strongly believes in giving back to the community where our employees live and work,” says Andrew Blazey, Vice President and General Manager. “We are committed to creating a greener environment, and planting trees is just one way we can do that.”

The Otonabee Region Conservation Authority designed a planting plan for the area, using native tree and shrub species that will enhance habitat, increase local biodiversity and prevent erosion.  

“This project is a great example of community stewardship. We take great pride in supporting naturalization projects such as this,” said Denyse Sanderson, Acting Chief Administrative Officer of ORCA.  “Helping to create a healthier environment at our regional health centre demonstrates our commitment to a healthier community”.  

Tree Canada is a not-for-profit organization committed to creating greener, healthier communities by encouraging tree planting and care where Canadians live, work and play. “Tree Canada is so pleased to have the opportunity to work with like-minded organizations like Siemens, ORCA and the Peterborough Regional Health Centre,” says Tree Canada President, Michael Rosen. “They are another example of socially responsible organizations that are truly making a positive environmental impact in the communities in which they work.” Nurturing urban and rural forestry not only sustains Canada’s proud heritage of biodiversity and natural beauty, but also creates a healthier, more sustainable environment for all.

Key Facts

  • Tree Canada, in partnership with Siemens Canada, has provided the funding for the trees and shrubs for this project as well as 30 volunteers to plant trees for two hours on April 29, 2014.
  • Plant materials are all native species and sourced locally.
  • The planting plan, designed by ORCA includes a combination of native species of trees, shrubs and wildflowers chosen to provide habitat, and prevent erosion, particularly on the slope between the helipad and the sidewalk. 
  • This is the first of a three-phased plan for PRHC which will eventually include a walking path for staff, patients, visitors and the Peterborough community.

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For further information, please contact:

Robin Jeffrey
Manager, Marketing Communications
Siemens Canada Ltd.
Tel: 705-740-7022

Richard Walker
Director of Communications and Program Development
Tree Canada
470 Somerset St. West
Ottawa, ON
K1R 5J8
613-567-5545 ext 227 

Meredith Carter
Manager, Environmental and Technical Services
Otonabee Region Conservation Authority
Tel: 705-745-5791 ext. 223

Rebecca Kerrivan
Communications Assistant
Peterborough Regional Health Centre
705-743-2121 x2234          


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