Nov 11, 2014
Staff at the Mountain Equipment Coop Burlington Store have chosen the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System as the overall winner for this year’s MEC Staff Choice Community Grant.
Each year Environmental Integrity Chairs in each MEC location ask staff to provide them with information on local organizations that would benefit from a MEC Staff Choice Community Grant. From this input, the top three organizations are selected based on staff preferences. Staff vote on each and the top three all receive grants in order of votes. The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System was the Burlington store staff’s choice for overall winner this year, and a donation of $1,275.00 will be generously provided by MEC to support the ecopark system.
“We are very pleased that our staff put so much momentum into supporting the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System and we recognize the value of this initiative,” said Jay Thompson, Product Team Leader at MEC’s Burlington store. “We hope that this grant will be beneficial to the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System.”
The Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System partners and staff are delighted that MEC staff have selected the ecopark system for this grant. “Being nominated by MEC staff and then being selected by them as top choice for this grant is really gratifying and we very much appreciate their support,” said David Galbraith, Chair of the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System and Head of Science at Royal Botanical Gardens.
In fact, the Staff Choice Community Grant is not the first time that MEC’s Burlington store has provided valuable support for the Cootes to Escarpment EcoPark System: earlier this year, the store posted information about the ecopark system and accepted donations from members on behalf of the ecopark system.
MEC helps keep space for adventure by conserving ecologically and recreationally important places and by inspiring and enabling Canadians to be active outside. MEC is a member of 1% For The Planet and invests one percent of its annual revenue to environmental causes. For more information, please visit MEC’s Community Contributions webpage.